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  • Adrian Finnerty

    Adrian Finnerty

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

  • Alan Mason

    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 the distinct...

  • Andrew Joynes

    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 18th cent...

  • Andrew MacDonald

    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 glaciers tho...

  • Ann Clements

    Ann Clements

    Ann Clements read History of Art and English at Manchester University, then worked for the Whitworth Art Gallery and later for the Paul Mellon Foundation for British Art. ...

  • Anne-Marie Harrison

    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 changes brought...

  • Arthur Cotterell

    Arthur Cotterell

    A graduate of the University of Cambridge, Arthur Cottrell has had a lifelong interest in cultural history, both in Europe and Asia, and has lived and travelled widely in ...

  • Ben Howkins

    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 internati...

  • Bob Smolik

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

  • Captain Peter Hore RN rtd

    Peter Hore

    Peter Hore served in Royal Navy 1962-2001, spent ten years in the film and television industry and is now a full-time journalist and author.   When not on the Ca...

  • Caroline Aston

    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 was one o...

  • Christopher Joll

    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 Northern Irelan...

  • Christopher P Baker

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

  • Claire Allum

    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 America, v...

  • Daniel Austin

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

  • Daphne Joynes

    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 experience...

  • David Hunter

    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 for 25 years...

  • Dr Alan Borg

    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 Armouries in the...

  • Dr Candace Weddle

    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 Southern Ca...

  • Dr David Cordingly

    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 has written ...

  • Dr David Price Williams

    David Price Williams has a first degree from the University of Wales in Ancient Near Eastern languages (Aramaic, Hebrew, Arabic etc.), with a subsidiary in Attic and Koine...

  • Dr Ian Stone

    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 War, a much ...

  • Dr Katherine Lack

    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 medieval and ch...

  • Dr Sue Thomas

    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 horticultural ...

  • Dr Toby Musgrave

    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 Toby has purs...

  • Elena Myasoedova

    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 literature; ...

  • Elena Spiro

    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 enthusiasm, great ...

  • Elizabeth Pierce

    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 college s...

  • Ernest Rea

    Ernie Rea

    Ernie Rea is one of BBC Radio 4’s leading broadcasters. He has had a long and distinguished career with the BBC as a producer, editor and Head of Department, and lat...

  • Francis Cornish

    Francis Cornish, formerly a diplomat, has spent many years in Southeast Asia and the Far East, working in Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei (as High Commissioner) and Hong Kong ...

  • George Hart

    George Hart

    Following degrees in Classics and in Egyptian Art and Archaeology from University College London, he joined the staff of the British Museum in 1973. He was the Principal L...

  • Harry Mount

    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 history from...

  • Hendrika Foster

    Hendrika Foster

    Hendrika was born in Yorkshire, of Anglo-Dutch parentage, and now lives in Hampshire.  Her first career in medical rehabilitation was followed by a BA Hons with the O...

  • Henry Blofeld

    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 television a...

  • Hugh Wybrew

    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 College, O...

  • Imogen Corrigan

    Imogen Corrigan

    Imogen Corrigan served for twenty years in the British Army, retiring in the rank of Major. In 2004 she graduated from the University of Kent with a 1st Class Honours degr...

  • Janette Merilion

    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 marketing o...

  • Jeremy Black

    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 Cambridge and Oxfo...

  • Jeremy Lewis

    Jeremy Lewis

    Jeremy Lewis worked in publishing for twenty-plus years before becoming a freelance writer in 1989. He has published three volumes of memoirs, and...

  • John Bly

    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 architects ...

  • John Love

    John Love

    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 project to reintr...

  • John Robson

    John Robson

    John Robson is Map Librarian at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. He gained a BSc in Mining Geology at Imperial College London before switching to libraria...

  • Julia Korn

    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 published artic...

  • Kate Garnons Williams

    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, Aristophanes....

  • Kathryn Robinson

    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 in Canber...

  • Keith Kirsten

    Keith Kirsten

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

  • Lesley Chamberlain

    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 the 1980&...

  • Ludmilla Selezneva

    Ludmilla Selezneva

    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 doctorate i...

  • Lydia Bauman

    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, London (MA in A...

  • Major General Stephen Carr-Smith

    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 security and ...

  • Major JGH Corrigan MBE

    JGH Corrigan

    Commissioned from The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1962, Gordon Corrigan was an officer of the Royal Gurkha Rifles before retiring from the Army in 1998. He served ...

  • Martin Sixsmith

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

  • Michael Hindley

    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 University of Wes...

  • Michael Michieli

    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 the previous...

  • Neil Taylor

    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 of German...

  • Nicholas Merchant

    Nicholas Merchant

    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 his own boo...

  • Nicholas Southey

    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, where he teach...

  • Nigel McGilchrist

    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 Turkey &nd...

  • Olga Stone

    Olga Stone

    Olga Stone is one of the most versatile presenters on a lecturing circuit, combining her skills as concert pianist, historian, art historian and classicist to make her tal...

  • Paul Green

    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 Holidays fro...

  • Paul Harris

    Paul Harris

    Paul Harris graduated from Aberdeen University with an MA in Politics and International Relations and currently works as a writer, lecturer and as a consultant on politica...

  • Peter Bellwood

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

  • Peter Harlow

    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 marsupial...

  • Peter Ward

    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 Religious St...

  • Peter Warwick

    Peter Warwick

    Peter Warwick is an economist, historian, author, acknowledged authority on Horatio Nelson and organiser of major commemorative events, who chairs three organisations: The...

  • Prof Geoffrey Hosking

    Geoffrey Hosking

    Geoffrey Alan Hosking is a historian of Russia and the Soviet Union and formerly Leverhulme Research Professor of Russian History at the School of Slavonic and East Europe...

  • Prof Martyn Rady

    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 books on Germ...

  • Professor Carole Hillenbrand OBE FBA FRS

    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.  

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  • Professor Charles Higham

    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, and was a...

  • Professor David Abulafia

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

  • Professor Gareth Morgan

    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 Richard Butterwick

    Richard Butterwick

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

  • Professor Robert Hillenbrand FBA

    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 Edinburgh Uni...

  • Ray Hale

    Ray Hale is a wildlife lecturer, author, photographer and naturalist who is passionate about reconnecting people with nature and the conservation of the world’s enda...

  • Rear Admiral John Lippiett

    Rear Admiral John Lippiett

    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’s ope...

  • Rev'd Dr Judith Thomas

    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 specialist for ...

  • Richard Wilkinson, CVO

    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 Diplomatic Ser...

  • Rodney Greenberg

    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 BBC radio...

  • Roger Preece

    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 extensive travel...

  • Rosemary Legrand

    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 award winning hybrid plants ca...

  • Rt Rev and Rt Hon Dr Richard Chartres

    Richard Chartres is currently Bishop of London and Dean of HM Chapels Royal. Before ordination he taught Ancient History in the International School in Seville. More recen...

  • Simon Doughty

    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 widely and serv...

  • Sir Michael Burton

    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 Minister in Berl...

  • Sir Roger Tomkys

    Sir Roger Tomkys read Classics at Balliol College, Oxford and entered the Foreign Office in 1960. After Arabic Language training in Lebanon his first diplomatic posting wa...

  • Stephen Phillips

    Stephen Phillips was educated as a classical archaeologist (London and Cambridge) before embarking on a TV career as a reporter/presenter/producer which included the launc...

  • Ticu Gamalie

    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 longer to...

  • Valerie Grove

    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 (1986-92), and T...