The Course Lecturers

All our lectures are taught by well-known, well-qualified lecturers who use high quality teaching materials including slides, digital images, video and music.

Want to know more? Please view details of our lecturers below. Or get in touch

  • James McDonaughJames McDonaugh

    After taking his degree in Philosophy & Theology at Oxford University, James went on to gain a Diploma in Art History and a Masters in Architectural History at the Courtauld Institute of Art. He has lectured on trips abroad for the Courtauld Institute, the National Arts Collection Fund, and for numerous schools and travel companies. He runs his own touring business for private clients.

    Study tours
    Equador & Peru
    Ancient Greece
    Syria and Baalbek in Lebanon
    Great Country House of Dorset: A Private View
    Great Country House of Norfolk: A Private View
    Hidden Tuscany

  • Stephen NelsonStephen Nelson

    Stephen studied at Cardiff and Birmingham Universities where he received an MA in Fine Art. In 1999 he was appointed the Arts Council of England Helen Chadwick Fellow, which enabled him to work on his sculpture in Rome and Oxford. He exhibits both in Britain and abroad while also teaching at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Tate Britain, Hayward Gallery and Whitechapel Art Gallery.

    History of Modernity Course London

  • Nicholas RossNicholas Ross

    Nick has written books on Canaletto, Miro and Florence. He lectures widely both in the UK and Europe. He was voted the No.1 Guide in the Daily Telegraph Review and was recently described as the 'Renaissance Man' by Clive Aslet in Country Life.

    Town and Country: The Life of an Italian Prince

  • Geoffrey TomsGeoffrey Toms

    Geoffrey trained at Cambridge University and has devoted his lifetime to the ancient world. For twenty years he was Head of Education at the Museum of London which gave him a unique and special expertise in the understanding of the great city.

    The London Course: Exploring Growing Village Suburbs
    The Model and the Muse
    Archaeology at the British Museum
    The World's First City: The Legacy and Life of Victorian London
    London Country Houses: Their Families and Their Architects
    London in the 18th Century
    Out and About in London’s Summer
    London during the life and times of Samuel Pepys, William Shakespeare and Geoffrey Chaucer
    The Evolution of a Great World City

  • Nigel McGilchristNigel McGilchrist

    Nigel McGilchrist attended Oxford University, where he won a scholarship, prizes and medals in English and Art History. He has lived and worked in Italy, Greece and Turkey for 30 years. He worked for the Italian Government’s Ministero dei Beni Culturali as a consultant in fresco conservation, when the Vatican embarked on its controversial cleaning of the Sistine Chapel. He worked with Federico Zeri, J. Paul Getty’s closest art advisor and Italy’;s most knowledgeable living art historian in the 1980s. He was Director of the Anglo-Italian Institute in Rome for 6 years, taught at the University of Rome, the University of Massachusetts, and was for 7 years the Dean of European Studies for Rhodes College & the University of the South at Sewanee, Tennessee. He still lectures widely in art and archaeology. He is on the Board of Editors of the Blue Guides and has contributed to new editions on Italy. Over the last 7 years he has walked all 60 inhabited Aegean Greek Islands to prepare a new survey-guide of the art, archaeology, history and ecology of the area. It is available as a series of 20 small volumes McGilchrist’s Greek Islands, while an abridged, single-volume appears as the Blue Guide to Greece: the Aegean Islands. He is a Syrian expert and has travelled widely in the region.

    Study Tours
    Syria and Baalbek in Lebanon

  • Richard WilliamsRichard Williams

    Richard Williams received his doctorate in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute, after which he was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship by The Paul Mellon Centre (Yale University). He is currently Associate lecturer in the Department of Art History at Birkbeck College, University of London as a specialist in Northern Renaissance art. He has published extensively from co-editing a book on Art and the Reformation to writing over ten chapters in academic books. Since 1999 he has been a lecturer in the Education Department of the National Gallery, and has recently been made director of the High Renaissance to Baroque Year Course at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

    Renaissance Art at the Crossroads
    Dürer and Renaissance Venice

  • Alison MeekAlison Meek

    Alison Meek gained her degree in Fine Art (1983) at St. Martin’s and Hornsey. She has been a practising artist since then exhibiting in a range of media, both abstract and figurative and has run her own Fine Art business. She subsequently studied the Foundations of Western Art at Sotheby’s Institute, researching the art of Japonisme. Alison has taught widely in Adult and Further Education in London, Hong Kong and Sydney and has published work on supporting students with learning disabilities. This has been used in teacher training modules at London South Bank University. She lectures widely and gives talks at the National Gallery and V&A amongst others.

    Dürer and Renaissance Venice

  • Suzanne PerrinSuzanne Perrin

    Suzanne Perrin is an independent researcher and historian specialising in Japanese History, Art & Culture. She studied Nihonga traditional Japanese painting at Nagoya University of Arts and gives lectures on a wide range of Japanese subjects to universities and museums as well as to the Arts Society in the UK, AADFAS in Australia, DARTS in South Africa, and the University of Cape Town Summer School.

    THE SILK ROAD THEN AND NOW: Past and Present Culture
    An Introduction to Japan; Japanese Architecture, Gardens and Tea Culture
    Japanese Art & Modern Culture: Japan’s Influences on Western Art

  • Antonia WhitleyAntonia Whitley

    Antonia Whitley is an art historian and lecturer specialising in the Italian Renaissance, though her interests also include paintings of World War One. She obtained her PhD from the Warburg Institute, University of London, on Sienese society in the 15th century and has published articles on related topics. She has lectured for and at the National Gallery, has taught in the War Studies department of King’s College, London and has led many tours in Italy.

    Images of War: World War I – Looking Back to the Renaissance

  • Robert HugillRobert Hugill

    Robert is a composer, singer, writer, lecturer and blogger. He founded the classical music blog Planet Hugill and was named one of Saga Magazine's Top 50 Bloggers over 50. He regularly reviews concerts, live opera performances and recordings and writes opera reviews for the Opera Today website and Classical Music Magazine. Robert’s opera ‘When a Man Knows’ was staged at the Bridewell Theatre in 2011. His recent lecturing has included pre-concert and participation in Divas and Scholars study days talking on Rossini’s Neapolitan operas and on Bellini’s Life and Times, the latter in collaboration with the soprano Nelly Miricioiu.

    An Introduction to Opera

  • Ian CoxIan Cox

    Ian studied at the Universities of Keele, London and Glasgow. He was Director of Christie's Decorative Arts at Glasgow University and later became Director of Studies at Christie’s Education. He ran a decorative arts summer school in New York and was Director of the Victorian Society of America London Summer School. Ian was also consultant to the Royal Crown Derby factory and in 2009 published his book ‘Royal Crown Derby Paperweights’. Now semi-retired he is a consultant and lectures for a prestigious cruise line.

    Ceramics - Masters and Makers

  • Denise HeywoodDenise Heywood

    Denise is an author, lecturer, photographer and journalist. She worked in Cambodia for three years and has also lived in France and America. She has written books on the Buddhist temples of Laos, Ancient Luang Prabang and Cambodian Dance Celebration of the Gods. Now based in London, she is a lecturer for NADFAS, The Art Fund, University of London (SOAS) and University of Cambridge (Madingley Hall). She writes for many art, literary and travel publications and has appeared on tv and radio. She leads art tours and lectures on cruise ships sailing throughout Asia.

    The Art of South East Asia

  • Dr. Richard PlantDr. Richard Plant

    Richard is an Architectural historian specialising in the Middle Ages and with a strong interest in the modern. After reading English at Cambridge he obtained an MA in the History of Art and a PhD on English Romanesque and the Holy Roman Empire at the Courtauld. He went on to teach at the Courtauld, as well as at University College and Queen Mary College, London where he taught both medieval and modern architectural history. He was formerly the Deputy Academic Director at Christie’s Education. He has published on English and German architecture.

    20th Century London: A City in Flux
    London: The People Who Shaped A City

  • Jacqui AnsallJacqui Ansall

    Jacqui Ansell gained her Art History degree from Essex University before specialising in History of Dress at the Courtauld Institute and establishing a career as writer and tutor for the Open University and lecturer at the National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery and Christie’s Education.

    The Art of Dress in Literature, and Life

  • Dr. Kate GrandjouanDr. Kate Grandjouan

    Dr. Kate Grandjouan gained her PhD from the Courtauld Institute of Art and now works there as an Associate Lecturer teaching all aspects of 18thC British. She is currently working on a book with a provisional title ‘Anglo-French Encounters: Satire and the French in the 18thC’. She has written many scholarly reviews and articles, published in British Art Studies, Eighteenth-Century Studies and the British Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies and has two forthcoming articles in French that will be published by the Centre National d’Histoire de l’Art in Paris and by Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment Studies and Liverpool University Press in England.

    The World of Print