MARY ACTON BA, author and lecturer, studied at the Courtauld Institute, and has taught at Brookes University and de Montfort University. She is currently the Associate Tutor in Art History for Oxford University Department of Continuing Education and co-Director of the undergraduate certificate in the History of Art. Her books include Learning to Look at Paintings (2008) and Learning to Look at Modern Art (2004).

SEBASTIANO BARASSI MA, has worked as Curator of Collections at Kettles Yard, Cambridge, and also as Director of Studies at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge. Before that he was Documentation Officer at the Courtauld Institute Gallery, University of London. He has been Curator of Exhibitions at the Henry Moore Foundation since his appointment, 7 May 2012.

DR COLLEEN BATEY, Ph.D, Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at Glasgow University, has specialised in the Viking period over the last 35 years. She has an international reputation for her field work and publications on Orkney, Shetland, Mainland Scotland, St Kilda and Iceland. A guest lecturer and expedition team member on small ships, she has visited all parts of the extensive Viking world, from Russia to Newfoundland.

DR BARNABAS CALDER PhD, lecturer in architecture at the University of Liverpool specialises in British architecture since 1945. Known to Nicholas Friend for his passionate clarity of presentation, he is currently writing a book on British Brutalism to be published by William Heinemann, and an online complete works of Denys Lasdun.

TIM CLAYTON is the award-winning author of a number of books on naval and military history, including Waterloo: Four Days that Changed Europe’s Destiny’, the highly acclaimed ‘Trafalgar: The Men, The Battle, The Storm’, and ‘Finest Hour’ the best-selling book that accompanied the BBC1 series. An experienced lecturer, he is also a leading expert in English prints and an authority on the print trade in the eighteenth century, on which subject his book The English Print, 1688-1802 is a standard work.

DR HAYLEY FLYNN currently holds the post of Curator of Old Master Pictures and British Paintings at The Wallace Collection. Projects include the Joshua Reynolds exhibition, ‘Experiments in Paint’ and the continuing research and cataloguing of the Canaletto paintings and 18th and 19th century British paintings held in the collection. She is interested in all aspects of eighteenth and nineteenth century British art and visual culture, particularly landscape. 

CLARE FORD-WILLE BA has been a lecturer for Birkbeck College, London University for over 30 years and is well known for her lectures for NADFAS, the Art Fund and the National Gallery. She has led numerous study tours abroad for INSCAPE and other organisations.

NICHOLAS FRIEND MA (Oxon), MA (Cantab), FRSA, Founder and Director of INSCAPE Fine Art Study Tours Ltd, and co-Founder of Friend&Friend Ltd has been teaching adults in galleries, museums and country houses for over 30 years. He has taught for the Wallace Collection, the National Gallery and Sotheby’s, and has conducted many tours at home and abroad. For 25 years he directed Cambridge University’s History of Art Summer School. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Companion of the Guild of St. George.

JAMES HAMILTON MA, PhD, author of Turner biography, Turner, A Life, and othersis one of this country’s leading experts on Turner. Senior Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham, he curated ‘Turner: the Late Seascapes’ at the Clark Institute in Williamstown, USA, ‘Turner’s Britain’ in Birmingham, ‘Turner and the Scientists’ at Tate Britain, and the outstanding ‘Helen Frankenthaler and JMW Turner’ exhibition at Turner Contemporary in Margate.

DR BETTANY HUGHES is a highly acclaimed English historian, author, and broadcaster whose speciality is classical history. She has taught at Bristol, Manchester, Oxford and Cambridge universities, and is currently a Research Fellow of King’s College London, an Honorary Fellow of Cardiff University, and the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from the University of York. Of her two critically acclaimed books on Ancient Greek subjects, Helen of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore, has been translated into ten languages and The Hemlock Cup: Socrates, Athens and the Search for the Good Life, made The New York Times Bestseller List. It was also chosen as Book of the Year in several publications.

CRAIG LUNAS MA, PhD, is Professor of History of Art at the University of Oxford. An historian of the art and history of China, he has published extensively on the art history and culture of China.  Much of his work concentrates on the Ming period (1368-1644), with additional teaching and research interests in the art of 20th century and contemporary China. He is the author of many books and publications. His most recent book, on the cultural role of the Ming regional aristocracy, is Screen of Kings: Art and Royal Power in Ming China.

JAMES MALPAS MA, MPhil is a graduate in English Literature, History of Art and Renaissance Studies. He worked for the Tate, the V&A and the Royal Academy before joining Sotheby’s Education in 1986. He has recently been appointed Short Courses Director for Christies Education. He contributes to BBC Radio programmes and writes for the Art Newspaper and The Observer.

JO RHYMER MA specialises in late 19th- and 20th century art in Britain and Europe with a particular interest in 19c French visual arts. She lectures regularly for the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, Sothebys and INSCAPE.

DANIEL ROBBINS Daniel Robbins is Senior Curator, Museums with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea responsible for Leighton House Museum and 18 Stafford Terrace. Formerly with Glasgow Museums, he has organised many exhibitions and contributed to numerous catalogues and publications around 19th-century art, architecture and design, including the authorship of the companion guidebook to Leighton House Museum published in 2011. He was responsible for leading the award-winning project to refurbish and restore the museum completed between 2008 and 2010.

LINDA SMITH is an art historian with a particular interest in British art of the 20th Century. Her MA is from Birkbeck, and her specialism, Postmodernism. She is a NADFAS certified lecturer, and has been a Tate Gallery Guide and Lecturer for 11 years.

DR MICHAEL SQUIRE currently holds the post of Lecturer in Classical Greek Art at Kings College London. With a first degree in Classics, and MPhil in Classical Archaeology (both Trinity College, Cambridge), he also spent a year as Frank Knox Memorial Fellow at Harvard specializing in comparative literature, before returning to Cambridge to complete a PhD on theories of word and image in Graeco-Roman antiquity.

PROFESSOR NICHOLAS VINCENT has published a dozen books and some hundred academic articles on various aspects of English and European history in the 12th and 13th centuries, having arrived at his current Professorship of Medieval History at UEA Norwich via Oxford, Cambridge, Paris and Canterbury. He is currently finishing an edition of the charters of the Plantagenet kings and queens from Henry II to King John, and leads a major project researching the background to Magna Carta. He is a Fellow of the British Academy.

MICHAEL WHEELER MA, PhD, founded the Ruskin Centre at Lancaster University and led the project to build the Ruskin Library there, before moving to Hampshire, where he was co-Director of Chawton House Library and author of Jane Austen and Winchester Cathedral, Now a freelance writer and lecturer, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Southampton, he has lectured worldwide and is currently writing the official bicentenary history of the Athenaeum Club.

RICHARD WILLIAMS MA, PhD, gained his PhD in 16th-century religious art from the Courtauld Institute of Art. He has lectured extensively on English, German and Flemish art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, the National Gallery and Birkbeck, University of London, and INSCAPE. A course tutor for the V&A art history course, he is now Curator of Learning for the Royal Collection Trust at Windsor Castle.




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