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“How to be a London Blue Badge guide” Article, published in the Daily Telegraph in November 2011, on the origins of the Blue Badge, the selection and training process, and [More…]

The Development of London

The Development of London This is a series of lectures which explore the development of London from when it was first settled by the Romans two thousand years ago to [More…]

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These are lectures that I give to organisations such as NADFAS (National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies), the National Trust, U3A and other historical and arts societies. Information [More…]

Unsaintly Saints

Unsaintly Saints: strange paths to martyrdom Beyond the roll-call of saints and their attributes familiar to us all, there is a wealth of others whose lives were eccentric to say [More…]

The Story of Abraham Tapestries

The ‘Story of Abraham’ Tapestries at Hampton Court Palace: making and meaning Some of the most sumptuous tapestries of 16C & commissioned by Henry VIII himself, each tapestry contains a [More…]

The Image of Elizabeth I in Portraiture

The Image of Elizabeth I in Portraiture: myth and reality As Elizabeth aged, and it became clear she would neither marry nor have a direct heir, her position became extremely [More…]

The Huguenot Silk Weavers of Spitalfields

The Huguenot Silk Weavers of Spitalfields Welcomed at first with open arms and bringing luxury skills, the Huguenots’ fortunes fluctuated wildly. I talk about their early 18th-century houses that still [More…]

The Cultural Heritage of the Huguenots

The Cultural Heritage of the Huguenots As silk weavers, goldsmiths, clock and watch makers, opticians, bankers, gilders, ironworkers and horticulturists the Huguenots made an extraordinary contribution to English craftsmanship. Names [More…]

Tea, Coffee and the English Social Revolution

Tea, Coffee and the English Social Revolution The introduction of these new drinks ushered in a cultural revolution. If you could afford the tea, you could afford the luxurious silver [More…]

Docklands Lecture

The Art and Architecture of Docklands: past and present Over the last 25 years, the Docklands area of London has been transformed. Here are not only some of the great [More…]