Leslie Primo

He holds a BA in Art History and an MA in Renaissance Studies from Birkbeck College, University of London.  He was Visiting Lecturer in Art History at the University of Reading in 2005 and 2007, and gives lectures and guided tours, plus special talks, at both the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery.  Also lectures at the City Literary Institute, and has presented a series of talks at the National Maritime Museum and the Courtauld Institute.






















Gavin Plumley

Gavin is a writer and broadcaster, appearing on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4 and contributing to The Independent on Sunday and The Guardian.  He lectures widely about the culture of Central Europe during the 19th and 20th centuries, including to the National Gallery, the British Museum, the V&A, the Southbank Centre, the Tate and the Neue Galerie, New York, as well as for history of art societies and The Art Fund.






















Dr Libby Horner

A freelance art historian, curator, film producer, lecturer and writer, Libby is the world's leading authority on the multi-talented artist Frank Brangwyn and is compiling the catalogue raisonne of all his work - both fine and decorative art - estimated to be in excess of 12,000 items!  Frank Brangwyn: Stained Glass was published in 2010 and Brangwyn at WAR! was published in 2014.  The irrepressible Libby has recently written film scripts about Fay Godwin, Fiore de Henriques, Gordon Russell, John Piper and Patrick Reyntiens (Patrick Reyntiens: Catalogue of Stained Glass was published in 2013) and her lecture repertoire reflects her eclectic range of interests.





















Dr Meri Arichi

Dr Meri Arichi studied Art History in London and Florence, and worked at Christie’s in Kings Street, London, from 1989 to 1993.  She returned to university to study Asian Art at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London in 1993, and completed a Post-graduate Diploma in Asian Art (1994), MA (1996) in History of East Asian Art, and PhD (2003) for her thesis on Shinto-Buddhist syncretic Art.  She has been teaching History of Japanese Art in the Department of History of Art and Archaeology at SOAS as a Teaching Fellow since 2007.  She has also run courses at the Birkbeck College, V&A, British Museum, and the Courtauld Institute of Art Summer School.  She has led tours to Japan and lectured on cruises.





















Ian Swankie

A Londoner with a passion for art and architecture, Ian is an official guide at Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Guildhall Art Gallery and St Paul's Cathedral, and gives regular tours at each venue.  He is also a qualified and active freelance London guide and a member of both the City of London and Westminster Guide Lecturer Associations.  Clients include WEA groups, Transport for London, the National Trust and London Open House.  In 2012 he established a weekly independent art lecture group in Richmond and gives talks on a variety of subjects.





















Barry Venning

He is an historian of British art with a particular interest in the work of JMW Turner, on whom he has published widely, including the volume on Turner in Phaidon's Art & Ideas series, and several catalogue essays for exhibitions in the UK, Germany, Italy and Poland.  He was the BBC's script consultant on Turner's Fighting Temeraire and has recently taken part (2013) in a BBC documentary called The Genius of Turner: Painting the Industrial Revolution.  He has also published a study of John Constable's paintings.  His interests and his teaching extend from medieval architecture to contemporary British art.  He is currently Associate Lecturer with the Open University and lecturing on a freelance basis for The Arts Society, Christie's Education and other organisations.





















Anthea Streeter

Anthea studied the Fine and Decorative Arts in London and continued her studies at Harvard University.  It was while at Harvard, where there was great enthusiasm for American design, that she became interested herself in 20th century architecture.  Since returning from America she has taught on courses in Oxford and London, lectured on the Country House course in Sussex, and for several private groups around the country.  Special interest in the architecture and design of 20th century.





















Dr Caroline Shenton

Caroline is an archivist, historian and author.  She was formerly Director of the Parliamentary Archives at Westminster and a senior archivist at The National Archives at Kew.  She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and of the Royal Historical Society and has appeared on national TV and radio and reviews books for The Spectator.  Her first popular history book, The Day Parliament Burned Down, won the Political Book of the Year Award in 2013.





















Peter Medhurst

Peter appears in the UK and abroad as a musician and scholar, giving recitals and delivering illustrated lectures on music and the arts.  He studied singing and early keyboard instruments at the Royal College of Music and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.





















Dr Diane Davies

Dr Diane Davies is a Maya archaeologist and honorary research associate of the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.  She completed her PhD at Tulane University, New Orleans.  Little is known about the Maya in the UK and so aside from carrying out research in Guatemala and teaching, Diane is an educational consultant for schools giving workshops to both teachers and children on the Maya.  She has created award-winning resources, organizes trips to the Maya area and is also the Chair of Chok Education, a charity supporting the education of Maya children.  Diane organises conferences on the Maya as well as lecturing to a variety of organisations, including the City Literary Institute, London and the Historical Association.





















Caroline Walker

After embarking on family history research in 2006, she became fascinated in the life and work of her great-uncle MacDonald 'Max' Gill (1884-1947), an architect and graphic artist, best known for his decorative maps.  Although well-known in his time, he was all but forgotten after his death unlike his brother Eric Gill, the controversial sculptor.  Recently there has been a massive resurgence of interest in Max's work - much the result of exhibitions she has co-curated including Out of the Shadows: MacDonald Gill (2011) hosted by the University of Brighton and articles she has written for publications including Country Life, the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, and the Journal for the International Map Collectors Society.  Caroline has also given talks for the National Archives, the Art Workers' Guild, Christie's, Friends of Kettle's Yard and the National Trust, and is currently writing a biography and runs the MacDonald Gill website.