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  • Adrian Finnerty

    A versatile musician and educator, Adrian Finnerty is a highly qualified and experienced teacher, lecturer, composer, conductor, pianist, organist and music hist...

  • Alan Mason NDT. F.Inst.G. Dip.Hort. M.CI. Hort. is one of Europe’s most experienced and best qualified garden designers and consultants. Having achieved th...

  • Alexandra Edwards -  Guest Speaker

    Alexandra Edwards has been carrying out archaeological fieldwork and ethnographic studies in Rapa Nui (a.k.a. Easter Island) and French Polynesia for the past 12...

  • Amanda Holden

    Amanda Holden started work as a professional accompanist while teaching the piano at the Guildhall School in London. Since 1985 she has worked in the musical the...

  • Andrew Joynes

    Andrew Joynes spent his childhood in Canada and worked as a researcher in Ottawa prior to reading Modern History at Oxford where he took a particular interest in...

  • Andrew Macdonald

    Andrew traces his interest in geology and love of nature to summers spent in New England, where he hiked in the White Mountains and kayaked in lakes carved by gl...

  • Andres Hernandez-Salazar

    Andrés Hernández-Salazar began his musical studies in his native Venezuela and was awarded a British Council scholarship to study at the Guildhall ...

  • Andy Bunten

    Andy Bunten has been an obsessive enthusiast about wildlife ever since he can remember.  Educated at Cambridge, Newcastle and Imperial College, he then...

  • Ann Marie Harrison

    Anne-Marie Harrison was born and brought up in Paris but has subsequently lived in many different countries. Originally a linguist, she adapted to the many chang...

  • Anthea Guthrie

    Anthea turned her hobby into a career. She entered her first show garden for the Royal Horticultural

    Society in 2003, and has since achieved numerous acc...

  • Ben Howkins has spent a lifetime career in the wine industry. He has experienced massive changes in how the insular English wine trade has, in many ways, led the...

  • Bob Smolik is a veteran diplomat who has represented the United States at embassies throughout Europe and at international organisations such as the United Natio...

  • Brain Healy

    Brian has enjoyed a lifetime of artistic exploration and learning, pursuing parallel careers as a modern linguist, professional artist and director of his own de...

  • Campbell Price is Curator of Egypt and Sudan at Manchester Museum, University of Manchester, one of the UK’s largest Egyptology collections. He became inte...

  • David Nason

    Canon David Nason has recently retired from the role of Priest Vicar in Chichester Cathedral and that of Senior Master and Head of Classics in the Prebendal Scho...

  • Peter Hore

    Captain Peter Hore served worldwide as a logistician in the Royal Navy before spending ten years in the film and television industry, and then becoming a fulltim...

  • Caroline is a lecturer and regular contributor to the UK’s premier royalty magazine, Majesty’ and she has also written for 'The Daily Telegraph'. She...

  • Caroline Holmes

    Caroline Holmes is a garden historian of ancient, modern and contemporary landscapes who delves into the people and plants that are integral to their story. She ...

  • Chris Bradley is an Arts Society lecturer who first explored many of Egypt’s historical sites in the 1970s and 80s. As a professional tour g...

  • Christopher Joll

    Christopher Joll was educated at Oxford University and the RMA Sandhurst. He was commissioned into The Life Guards in 1968 and served four tours of duty in North...

  • Christopher P Baker earned degrees in geography at University College London and Latin American Studies at Liverpool University. Since 1980 he has lived in Calif...

  • Daniel is a travel writer, naturalist, photographer and tour lecturer who specialises in the exotic Indian Ocean island of Madagascar. He visits Madagascar every...

  • Daphne Joynes

    Daphne Joynes (BA Hons, F.HEA) is an art historian who worked for The Open University and University of Surrey. She is also a free-lance lecturer with extensive ...

  • David Coates

    David Coates first experienced Taiwan in 1972-3 studying Chinese at the Stanford Centre at Taiwan National University, after three years at the University of Haw...

  • David Hunter

    David went to Germany in 1968 for three months’ work experience abroad in the wine cellars of H Sichel Söhne, and ended up staying with the company fo...

  • David Makepeace - Guest Speaker

    A filmmaker by trade, David has spent the last 25 years crisscrossing the globe to chase the eclipse experience. His observations of 16 total eclipses, four annu...

  • David Mitchell

    David Mitchell was previously a Curator at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and is now an Honorary Research Associate. He is Director and Curator at Muddy Feet...

  • Dr Alan Borg

    Alan began his career teaching history of art at Indiana and Princeton Universities. Returning to Britain in 1970, he became Assistant Keeper in the Royal Armour...

  • Candace Weddle

    Candace Weddle is an Assistant Professor of Art History at Anderson University, South Carolina. She holds a PhD in classical Art History from the University of S...

  • Carrie Gibson received her PhD in History from Cambridge in 2011, focussing on the Hispanic Caribbean islands of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republ...

  • Christopher Naunton

    Dr Chris Naunton is an Egyptologist currently working on a freelance basis as a writer, broadcaster and public speaker. His book, Search for the Missing Tombs of...

  • Dr Christopher Whitton

    Christopher Whitton is a Senior Lecturer in Classics at the University of Cambridge. Originally from Lancaster, he held scholarships at Eton College, Harvar...

  • Claire Allum

    Dr Allum is an archaeologist and anthropologist. Since the 1980’s she has worked in Latin America excavating Maya ruins in the tropical forests of Central ...

  • Colin McEwan

    Dr. Colin McEwan is Director of Pre-Columbian Studies at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington DC and formerly Head of the Americas Section ...

  • David Cordingly

    Dr David Cordingly was Keeper of Pictures at the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich. He read history at Oxford, has a doctorate from Sussex University, and ha...

  • David Price-Williams has a first degree from the University of Wales in Ancient Near Eastern languages with a subsidiary in Attic and Koine Greek. His postgradua...

  • Dr Fenella Bazin

    As well as a career as a music lecturer for the University of Liverpool, Dr Fenella Bazin has enthused audiences with her love of both modern Norway and the...

  • Ian Stone

    Dr Ian R Stone has degrees in history, mathematics and geology. He served in the Army after first graduation and became particularly interested in the Crimean Wa...

  • Katherine Lack

    Kate originally trained as an agricultural scientist at Oxford, where she took a doctorate in 1985.  More recently she has been a visiting lecturer in medie...

  • Dr Peter Caddick-Adams

    Dr Peter Caddick–Adams has been Lecturer in Military and Security Studies at the UK Defence Academy since 1998, and additionally Lecturer in Air Power at R...

  • Shirley Campbell

    Dr Shirley Campbell is an anthropologist with considerable understanding of Pacific and Indian Ocean cultures who, until her recent retirement, was a Lecturer an...

  • Dr Sophie Oosterwijk was born in Gouda and studied English at Leiden and Medieval Studies at York before obtaining two doctorates in Art History (Leicester) and ...

  • Dr Steve Kershaw

    Dr. Steve Kershaw is a tutor in Classics for Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, an accredited lecturer for The Arts Society (ex-NADFAS), and ...

  • Sue Thomas

    Dr Sue Thomas lives in the beautiful countryside of Thomas Hardy's Wessex. She developed a keen interest in gardening from the age of five and won her first hort...

  • Toby Musgrave

    Dr Toby Musgrave is one of the UK's leading authorities in garden history and design. He has a degree in horticulture and a PhD in garden history. Since 1994 Tob...

  • Elena Myasoedova

    Elena Myasoedova was born and raised in the ancient city of Novgorod in Russia. She was educated in Moscow where she majored in history, foreign languages and li...

  • Elena Spiro

    Elena Spiro has worked with Noble Caledonia for many years and is extremely knowledgeable, bringing so much to any visit to St Petersburg because of her enthusia...

  • Elizabeth Pierce grew up in Bismarck, North Dakota in the US. De-spite her landlocked origins, she first travelled to Scandinavia dur-ing college to study. After...

  • Ernie Rea

    Ernest Rea is a celebrated British broadcaster who specialises on the history of religions and the way that faith impacts on the contemporary world. His regular ...

  • Gareth is a passionate plantsman and lecturer based in Donegal. He is a graduate of the SRUC and the University of Glasgow where he studied Horticulture and Orga...

  • After graduating with degrees in Classics and in Egyptian Art and Archaeology from University College London, George Hart joined the staff of the British Museum....

  • Graham Archer

    Graham Archer is a former senior British Diplomat whose career as a member of the Foreign Office took him and his wife to many parts of the world including Asia,...

  • Harry Mount

    Harry Mount studied Classics and Ancient History at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he obtained a First. He also received a Masters in architectural hi...

  • Helena Attlee

    Helena Attlee is the author of The Land Where Lemons Grow, The Story of Italy and its Citrus Fruit, a Sunday Times bestseller, BBC Radio...

  • Hendrika Foster

    Hendrika was born in Yorkshire, of AngloDutch parentage, and now lives in Hampshire. Her first career in medical rehabilitation was followed by a BA Hons with th...

  • Henry Blofeld

    Henry Blofeld is an English sports journalist whose rich, plummy tones are known and loved worldwide thanks to his extensive cricket commentary career on both te...

  • Hugh Wybrew

    Hugh Wybrew was born in Ilford. He spent most of his two years’ National Service in the Royal Air Force learning Russian. Hugh read theology at The Queens ...

  • Ian Ridpath - Guest Speaker

    Ian Ridpath is an award-winning astronomy author and populariser with over 40 books to his name. He is the editor of the authoritative Oxford Dictionary of Astro...

  • Imogen Corrigan

    Imogen served for nearly twenty years in the British army, retiring in the rank of Major at the end of 1994. She then went to the University of Kent to study Ang...

  • James Parry

    James Parry is a writer and consultant specialising in history, heritage, wildlife and the environment. Born and raised in London, he studied politics at Bristol...

  • Janette Merilion

    Janette Merilion is a well known horticultural lecturer and historian with a successful garden design business based in central Lincolnshire. After a career in m...

  • Jeremy Paterson

    Jeremy Paterson studied Classics and Ancient History at Oxford, where he was also President of the University Archaeological Society.  Subsequently he was C...

  • John Bly

    John Bly is an antiques dealer in a family business founded in 1891. From a background of sailors, horse traders, American Civil War soldiers, priests and a...

  • John Dew was Ambassador to Cuba and Colombia and has extensive experience in Latin America.  After studying English at Oxford, he was posted to Venezuela in...

  • Born in Inverness, John Love graduated in zoology at Aberdeen University. In 1975 he went to live on the Isle of Rum where he managed a highly successful pr...

  • John Robson was born at Stockton-on-Tees in County Durham, U.K. in 1949. He has had two lifelong interests – maps and Captain James Cook. They were combine...

  • Julia Korn

    Julia Korn, who was born in St Petersburg, Russia, has been Senior Researcher at the National Pushkin Museum in St Petersburg for the past 20 years and has publi...

  • Kate Garnon-Williams

    Kate Garnons Williams read Ancient History and Archaeology at the University of Bristol and wrote her MA thesis on the Comedies of the 5th century dramatist, Ari...

  • Kathryn Robinson

    Kathryn Robinson is an anthropologist of Asia and the Pacific, now Professor Emerita in the College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University...

  • Dr Katie Campbell received an honours English degree from McGill University in Montreal.  After a career in journalism, drama and fiction she returned to ac...

  • Keith Kirsten

    Keith Kirsten is one of South Africa’s best known gardeners and  a world-acclaimed horticulturalist. He has informed and inspired gardening enthusiast...

  • Lesley Chamberlain

    Lesley has lived and gardened abroad in such diverse countries as Malaysia, Holland as well as North Carolina and Oklahoma before finally returning to England in...

  • Lloyd Esler is a teacher, historian and natural history enthusiast from Invercargill, the southernmost city in New Zealand. He has written extensively about the ...

  • Richard Chartres is an honorary fellow of Trinity College Cambridge where he studied history. He taught ancient history in the International School in ...

  • Louise Schofield

    Louise Schofield, recently appointed Visiting Professor of Archaeology at the American University of Rome, is an archaeologist specialising in the ancient cultur...

  • Lucia Gahlin is an Egyptologist based in the UK. She is an Honorary Research Associate at University College London’s Institute of Archaeology, and teaches...

  • Professor Ludmilla is a graduate with honours from Rostov State University and received her first doctorate there, in history, in 1982. She attained her second d...

  • Lydia Bauman is a Polish born artist and art historian. Educated at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (BA in Fine Art) and Court auld Institute of Art, Londo...

  • Major General Peter Williams- Guest Speaker

    After studying History at Cambridge University Peter Williams spent more than 30 years in the British Army (Coldstream Guards) and enjoyed an unusually varied ca...

  • Stephen Carr-Smith

    Major General Stephen Carr-Smith served throughout much of the Cold War in Europe and then with NATO. On leaving the Army, he worked for a company providing secu...

  • Major Gordon Corrigan

    Gordon Corrigan spent most of his adult life as an officer of the Royal Gurkha Rifles, serving mainly in the Far East but also in Cyprus, Berlin, Northern Irelan...

  • Martin Sixsmith was the BBC’s correspondent in Moscow, Washington, Brussels and Warsaw in the 1980s and 90s and worked as Director of Communications f...

  • Matthew Parker

    Matthew Parker grew up in Barbados, was educated at Oxford, and is the bestselling and critically-acclaimed author of a number of books about the Caribbean inclu...

  • Micheal Hindley

    Michael Hindley was educated at London University (BA Hons in German and French), Lancaster University (MA in Comparative Cultural Studies), and the Free Univers...

  • Michael Jones

    Michael Jones is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a Member of the British Commission for Military History and works freelance as a writer, media consult...

  • Michael Michieli

    Michael Michieli is a Gardens Consultant for the Royal Horticultural Society garden holidays. His particular area of expertise is Mediterranean plants and, as th...

  • Mike Nelhams first went to Tresco on a Studley Trust Scholarship as a student in 1976. He first trained for three years at the Royal Horticultural Society Garden...

  • Misha Donat

    After a period spent composing music for films and theatre, Misha Donat worked for more than 25 years as a senior music producer at BBC Radio 3, where he collabo...

  • Neil Taylor

    Neil Taylor studied the then communist world at university in the late 1960s. Since then he has worked in the travel business and had started to visit both parts...

  • Neville Peat

    Dunedin-born Neville Peat is the author of more than 30 books covering themes of geography, biography, history and the natural environment. His titles range from...

  • Nicholas Merchant’s career has mirrored his abiding interest in antiques. He has worked for some of the major auction houses in London as well as running h...

  • Nicholas Southey was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and has lived most of his life in various parts of that country. He is currently based in Pretoria, wher...

  • Nigel McGilchrist was a scholar at both Winchester College and at Oxford University. He has lived and worked in the Mediterranean area – Italy, Greece and ...

  • Olga Stone

    Olga Stone was born in Crimea, Ukraine. She graduated from the Odessa Conservatoire with distinction in piano, piano accompaniment and the teaching of music and ...

  • Paul Atterbury

    Dr. Paul Atterbury is a writer, lecturer, exhibition curator, social historian, tour guide and broadcaster specializing in the art, architecture, design and hist...

  • Paul Green (GS)

    Paul Green has always been keen on all aspects of natural history, especially plants. He worked part-time as a botanical leader for Greentours Natural History Ho...

  • Peter Harlow

    Peter is an Australian with a passion for terrestrial wildlife and also for the marine world; he is also a keen SCUBA diver and snorkeler.  Not content with...

  • With his father in military service, Peter Ward grew up in different places throughout England, Germany and the Far East. Graduating in English Literature and Re...

  • Carol Hillenbrand

    Professor Carole Hillenbrand is Professor Emerita of Islamic History at Edinburgh University and is now Professor of Islamic History at St Andrews University. &n...

  • Professor Charles Higham

    Charles was educated at Cambridge University, where he read Archaeology and Anthropology. In 1966, he became a lecturer in prehistory at the University of Otago,...

  • Chris Andrews

    Professor Christopher Andrew has spent most of his career researching and teaching European History, International Relation and Secret Intelligence past and pres...

  • David Abulafia is Professor of Mediterranean History at the University of Cambridge, where he is also Papathomas Professorial Fellow of Gonville and Caius Colleg...

  • Prof Gareth G Morgan

    Gareth Morgan has been researching and teaching about wine since 2001 and is an expert on the classic wine regions of Europe, and especially France.

  • Professor Ian Beckett

    Professor Ian Beckett retired as Professor of Military History at the University of Kent in 2015. Born at Whitchurch in Buckinghamshire, he was educated at Ayles...

  • James Higham is a professor with 25 years of research and teaching experience at the University of Otago (New Zealand). His PhD in Geography explored aspects of ...

  • Jeremy Black

    Jeremy Black is a prolific historian with specialties in world military history, the history of tourism, and both the 18th and 20th Century. Educated at Cambridg...

  • John Ray is Professor Emeritus of Egyptology in the University of Cambridge and a fellow of the British Academy. He has travelled widely in the Middle East, and ...

  • Professor Malyn Newitt

    Malyn Newitt obtained a BA in Modern History at Oxford in 1961 and a PhD London 1967. He taught at the University of Rhodesia (1962-1965) and at the University o...

  • Professor Mark Brandon is a polar oceanographer based in the UK. He has spent his entire career working in polar science at the Scott Polar Research Institute, T...

  • Martyn Rady

    Martyn Rady is Professor of Central European History at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, a part of University College London. He has written boo...

  • Dr Michael Squire

    Michael Squire is Professor of Classical Art at King’s College London. After receiving a starred first in Classics and a Master’s degree in Classical...

  • Norman Hammond

    Professor Norman Hammond is Archaeology Correspondent of The Times, a Senior Fellow at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at Cambridge University...

  • Peter Bellwood grew up in Leicester, studied archaeology at Cambridge University (King’s College) and emigrated to New Zealand to undertake research on Pol...

  • Richard Butterwick

    Professor Richard Butterwick-Pawlikowski graduated in History from Cambridge, before obtaining his doctorate from Oxford. He taught European history at Oxford an...

  • Robert Hillenbrand

    Professor Robert Hillenbrand FBA has long-standing research interests in the Islamic art of North Africa and Spain. An Emeritus Professor of Fine Art at Edi...

  • Professor Rosalie David OBE FRSA

    Professor Rosalie David OBE FRSA is currently Emeritus Professor of Egyptology and Co-Director of the KNH Centre for Biomedical Egyptology at The Unive...

  • Barry Cunliffe studied Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge where he also gained his doctorate. He taught archaeology at Bristol and Southampton Universitie...

  • Tim Blanning is Professor of Modern European History (Emeritus) at the University of Cambridge and is also a Life Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. He ...

  • Professor Timon Screech

    Timon Screech is Professor of the History of Art at SOAS, University of London. He has also taught at numerous universities including Chicago, Heidelberg, Meiji ...

  • Professor William Vaughan studied Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford, and History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. He is Emeritus Prof...

  • Ray Hale is a wildlife lecturer, author, photographer and naturalist who is passionate about reconnecting people with nature and the conservation of the world&rs...

  • David Snelson

    David Snelson served in the Royal Navy from 1969 to 2006; commanding 2 destroyers and the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal. In 2003 he was the UK maritime Task For...

  • John Lippiett had a 36 year career in the Royal Navy, serving in a large number of ships from aircraft carriers to minesweepers and deployed to all of the world&...

  • We are delighted to be joined on board by Rear Admiral Roy Clare who has almost three decades’ experience as a professional museum director and as a non-ex...

  • Judith Thomas

    Judith has lived and worked in many countries including the USA, Indonesia, New Zealand, the Middle East and Japan. Her early work as a Management Training speci...

  • Richard Wilkinson

    Dick Wilkinson graduated from Cambridge, and after postgraduate study and research at universities in Paris, London and Soviet Armenia he joined the British Dipl...

  • Tim Stevens

    Tim Stevens was Bishop of Leicester from 1999 to 2015 where he was heavily engaged in inter-faith relations and a visiting professor in Church and Society at De ...

  • Rodney Greenberg

    Rodney Greenberg graduated with honours at the Music Faculty of Manchester University, specialising in Piano and Composition. He began his broadcasting career in...

  • Roger Preece

    Roger’s interest in wine dates from when, whilst working for Stowells of Chelsea, he helped in broadening the company’s portfolio. This led to extens...

  • Rosemary Legrand

    Rosemary is a former nursery owner and daughter of the late George Hyde, who was a hybridist of azaleas and rhododendrons. Many of his awardwinning hybrid plants...

  • Simon Doughty

    Simon Doughty was commissioned into The Life Guards in 1976, retiring from the Army in 2009 in the rank of colonel. During his military career he travelled widel...

  • Simon Field

    Simon Field, a former Chartered Accountant, is a Master of Wine who most recently bought French and Spanish Wines for the London Wine Merchant Ber...

  • Miacheal Burton

    Michael Burton had a 37 year long career in the Diplomatic Service, and played a prominent part in the closing stages of the Cold War. As the last British Minist...

  • Sir Nicholas Kenyon has been Managing Director of the Barbican Centre since 2007. He was Controller, BBC Radio 3 1992-8, and Director of the BBC Proms from ...

  • The Rt Revd Graham James

    The Rt Revd Graham James became Bishop of Norwich in 1999. He entered the House of Lords in 2004. Among his national responsibilities in the Church of England he...

  • Ticu Gamalie

    Born in Constanta, Romania, Ticu began his career in the travel industry at a young age, guiding short tours in the Black Sea in his summer holidays. This led to...

  • Valerie Grove

    Valerie Grove has been a Fleet Street journalist for nearly 50 years - writing interviews and reviews for the Evening Standard (1968-86), the Sunday Times (1986-...