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Jane Angelini studied at the University of Sussex from 1971 – 76 where she took degrees in Russian Studies ( BA 1974) and Byzantine Studies ( MA 1976). Since then she has worked as a free-lance journalist for various art magazines and as translator of Russian 19th century literature for Penguin Books and the Oxford University Press.
Works translated include Feodor Dostoevsky, Netochka Nezvanova, Notes From the Underground and The Gambler and by Leo Tolstoy, A Confession and Other Religious Writings. She also works as a free-lance lecturer, for various art organisations and museums, including NADFAS and the Art Fund. In 1998 she formed her own company, St James’s Art Tours, specialising in cultural visits to Europe and beyond. She is married to an Italian art dealer based in St James’s Piccadilly.
Roderick Beaton is a leading authority on Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean world from the Middle ages to today. He holds the Koraes Chair of Modern Greek and Byzantine History, Language and Literature at King’s College London, where he is also Director of the Centre for Hellenic Studies. He has lived for several years in Greece and has travelled widely throughout the region – on land, often on foot, as well as by sea! A fluent Greek speaker, he has often appeared on Greek TV and radio talking about his work. Nearer home, Roderick has a lifelong commitment to sharing his enthusiasm for the post-classical Greek world with audiences up and down the UK. He has also given talks about his work in many European countries, the USA and Australia.
Roderick is the author of several award-winning books on Greek literature, culture, and history from the twelfth century to the present. He has translated Modern Greek poetry and fiction and is himself a published novelist. His most recent book, Byron’s War: Romantic Rebellion, Greek Revolution (2013), won the Runciman Award and the Elma Dangerfield Prize in 2014 and was shortlisted for the Duff Cooper Prize 2013. In 2013 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA).
Jeremy Black MBE is a British historian and a Professor of History at the University of Exeter. He is a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of America and the West at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He is the author of over 100 books, principally but not exclusively on 18th-century British politics and international relations, and has been described as "the most prolific historical scholar of our age".
Graduating from Cambridge with a starred first, he did postgraduate work at Oxford, and then taught at Durham, eventually as professor, before moving to Exeter in 1996. He has lectured extensively in Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, and the USA, where he has held visiting chairs at West Point, Texas Christian University, and Stillman College. He was awarded an MBE in 2000 for services to stamp design, as advisor to the Royal Mail from 1997. Jeremy recently presently a TV series on BBC “Why the Industrial Revolution Happened Here”.
His work adds up to the most sustained presentation of British history in recent decades. He is a major exponent of military, diplomatic and cartographic history and has been important in helping the British to look at their past, as well as in representing British history to foreign audiences. He will be sharing his in a series of lectures on board the cruise from Dover to Lisbon. His books include The British Seaborne Empire; George II; George III; and Debating Foreign Policy in Eighteenth-Century Britain and one on the Politics of James Bond.
Claire Bloom is a British actress born in London. In 1952, Bloom was discovered by Charles Chaplin, who had been searching for months for an actress with "beauty, talent, and a great emotional range," to co-star alongside him in Limelight. It became Bloom's film debut and made her into an international film star. Her stage debut was Ophelia at the Royal Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford upon Avon opposite Paul Scofield as Hamlet.
During her lengthy career, she starred alongside numerous celebrated actors, including Richard Burton, Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, Paul Scofield, Ralph Richardson, Yul Brynner, George C. Scott, James Mason, Paul Newman and Rod Steiger, whom she would marry.
In 2010, Bloom played the role of Queen Mary in the British film, The King's Speech. She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to drama.
Her performances in the television plays Brideshead Revisited, Shadowlands and The Belle of Amherst have won her many awards and nominations. Most recently, for her performance as Clytemnestra on Broadway she was also nominated for a Tony award.
Among her more recent roles have been The Mother in Dr Who, and Doc Martin’s wickedly amusing mother. Claire currently resides in London and the Greek island of Poros in the summer. She will join us on our Greek isles and Turkey voyage in September 2016, to do reading and recitations of some classical pieces relevant to our itinerary, as well as share some highlight moments of her life and career.
Robert Bradnock has had a lifelong interest in the Indian sub-continent, where he was born of missionary parents. Bob's academic interest in India started as a student at Cambridge, to be followed by a research and teaching post at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), where he became Head of the Department of Geography.
Most recently he has been Senior Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London, focusing on geopolitics, environment and development in South Asia. He is Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute for International Affairs (RIIA) Chatham House.
Bob has spent long research periods in all the major countries of South Asia. He has lectured widely around the world, including Australia and the United States, to a wide variety of audiences. A regular broadcaster on South Asian current affairs for the BBC and many other networks, he is a leading authority on contemporary South Asia. As an Editor of the Royal Geographical Society’s Geographical Journal, he has published numerous books and papers, and with his wife Roma wrote the widely acclaimed Footprint Handbooks to India and Sri Lanka.
Bob’s books include Agricultural development in South Asia (John Murray), India’s Foreign Policy since 1971 (RIIS) and India in an age of globalisation (Routledge), In 2010 Chatham House published his report on the Kashmir dispute, Paths to Peace, based on the first ever opinion poll across both Indian and Pakistani-held Jammu and Kashmir. Hs most recent publication is the Routledge Atlas of South Asian Affairs, published in late 2015.
Dr. Broun emigrated to Canada from Scotland in 1967. He has a B.A. from McGill and a Ph.D. from Princeton, both in art history. For fifteen years he worked at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, teaching courses and helping to organise Old Master exhibitions like the Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis and the Holbein Drawings from the Queen’s Collection.
He was also invited to join AGO trips to Florence, London and the River Danube. Since 1989 he has established himself as a popular and entertaining lecturer, most regularly at the Ontario College of Art and Design University and the Royal Conservatory of Music where he was Head of the Humanities Department. He was twice nominated by his students in TV Ontario’s Best Lecturer competition.
He has organized specialised trips for groups of art lovers to North American cities such as Ottawa, New York, Washington, Chicago, Philadelphia and Boston as well as to Europe - London (three times), Vienna, Paris, Northern Italy, Provence, Holland and Belgium, Spain and Rome. In the Fall of 2013 he was one of the directors of the innovative programme Writing and Painting in Magical Greece.
He now lives mostly on the Greek island of Poros where he gives lectures in support of local charities. He is married to Pamela Jane Rogers, the well-known American painter and writer. He has made seven trips around Italy lecturing on the Aegean Odyssey.
Emeritus Professor Trevor Bryce is a Classicist and Near Eastern historian. His extensive publications of about 120 articles, book chapters, and sixteen books deal primarily with the history and civilizations of the ancient Near and Middle Eastern world. Among his most recent books are The Trojans and their Neighbours (Routledge, 2006), Ancient Syria. A Three Thousand-Year History (Oxford University Press, 2014), and Atlas of the Ancient Near East. From Prehistoric Times to the Roman Imperial Period (Routledge; scheduled for publication in October, 2015). Trevor is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and has held visiting Fellowships at Princeton, Oxford, Sydney, and Canberra.
His university career has included appointments as Reader of Classics and Ancient History, University of Queensland, Professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of New England, Australia, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Lincoln University, New Zealand. He was recently awarded a Doctor of Letters Degree at The University of Queensland, a rare award showing his excellent knowledge and expertise in this area of history. He has been an adviser to and participant in a number of television documentaries on the Hittites and on Troy.
George Carey retired as Archbishop of Canterbury in 2002. He has a busy and active Christian ministry to the present day. His primary interests are in education, development and a continuing engagement in public life through writing, lectures and debate in the House of Lords. Together with, his wife Eileen, he continues to serve churches and many charitable interests.
George worked at the London Electricity Board and also served with the Royal Air Force in Iraq during the 1950s before deciding he wanted to be ordained as a minister into the Church of England. In 1982 he became Principal of Trinity Theological College in Bristol and, in 1987, Bishop of Bath and Wells.
In 1991 he was invited to take up the post of 103rd Archbishop of Canterbury to serve 80 million Anglicans around the world until his retirement eleven years later.
In 2002 George Carey was made a life peer as ‘Lord Carey of Clifton’. Lord Carey is Presentation Fellow of King’s College London, Fellow of Christ’s University College, Canterbury and Fellow of the Library of Congress. He is also the recipient of some 12 Honorary Doctorates and author of 14 books.
Whilst on board Aegean Odyssey, George will celebrate Holy Communion, and in August 2015 on God Created the Kornati Islands he will also be talking to the renowned broadcaster Ernie Rea about his life and career as Archbishop of Canterbury.
Stephen Carr-Smith spent 33 years in the Army. During 1962-1982, he served 10 years in Germany at the height of the Cold War. From 1988-1995 he was serving in NATO, most of which was spent helping develop the “New NATO” after the demise of the Warsaw Pact and the USSR.
His last appointment was as the Deputy Director General of the NATO Communications Agency in Brussels. On leaving the Army in 1995, he worked for a company providing security and mine clearance services in remote and hostile countries; was the Senior Military Advisor to an operational analysis company owned by British Aerospace; and was the Chairman of a company developing opportunities to marry-up Russian technology with western finance and production.
From 1999 to 2006, he was the Ombudsman for Estate Agents, a national appointment dealing with redress and financial compensation for buyers and sellers of residential property throughout the UK. Since 2009, he has been the Chairman of Help Moving Office, an internet company run by his second son that has now expanded into America.
He has had a number of other involvements, like being an Honorary Colonel of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY) – an all women, uniformed volunteer body that has supported the British Army for 100 years. From 1997 to 2003, he was a Colonel Commandant of the Royal Signals. From 2003 to 2013, he was the President of the Stragglers of Asia Cricket Club, with its origins in the Punjab in the 1920s – and, accompanied by his wife, he led tours to Sri Lanka in 2004 and to India in 2007.
Since 2007, he has been a speaker with a variety of cruise lines. This will be his third time on Aegean Odyssey – and his third time in South Africa. On this cruise, he will be talking about the Zulu War and the Boer War.
Laurence was born in London in 1939, educated at a Grammar School in Brighton, and studied Physics at Brighton Technical College. He then changed course, won a scholarship to the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and trained as an actor. He went to Nottingham Playhouse where he acted with many great actors and actresses, including Judy Dench; he was at the Edinburgh Festival and in the West End as well as many theatres up and down the country. He was in television for many years, and in the film Far from the Madding Crowd.
In 1975 he enrolled at Reading University to read Classics and gained first class honours. He went on to University College London to write a PhD thesis on the theme of Athenian politics in the fifth century BC. This was published in 1986 by Oxford University Press under the title The Quiet Athenian.
He began working as a tour guide both in English and Italian (which he speaks fluently due to a lifelong love of opera) and has travelled in many countries, including the US where for several years he was a guide through the western states, as well as the old Soviet Union, China and many European countries. He knows France and Italy well and has toured through them many times over a twenty year period.
Since 2009 he has lectured on cruise ships on aspects of ancient history, and has a particular knowledge of Sicily having guided through it many times. The southern coast of Italy and Sicily has a particular fascination for Laurence as it is the setting for Homer’s Odyssey.
Simon is Director of Culture & Society at the Wellcome Trust, a global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health. Simon leads the Trust’s grant-funding programs for public engagement, humanities and social science research. He is also responsible for Wellcome Collection, the Trust’s public cultural venue; the Wellcome Library, which holds one of the world’s largest collections relating to the place health and medicine in human culture, and the Hub, an innovative interdisciplinary research centre. He was previously Head of the Wellcome Library where he led a highly successful digitisation programme and an exciting redesign of the Library's public spaces. Before joining the Trust, Simon was Director of Museums and Special Collections at the Royal College of Surgeons. He holds a first degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in history from King’s College London.
Simon has extensive experience in lecturing to a wide range of audiences. Many of his talks explore the history of medicine and health and its relevance to our lives today, and he is particularly skilled at bringing medical topics to life for non-medical audiences. His lecture topics include the history of medicine in Ancient Greece and Rome; the medical world of the Venetian Republic; the history of anatomy and the birth of modern clinical medicine; medical travellers; medical and natural history museums and collectors and cabinets of curiosity; the history of museums and the relationship between art and medicine. He has been a guest lecturer at organisations including the Wallace Collection, Dr Johnson’s House, Gresham College, Erasmus Darwin’s House, the Hogarth Society and the Foundling Museum. He has also contributed to a number of television and radio programmes, including a series of conversations with presenter Griff Rhys Jones about curious objects from the Wellcome Collection, due to be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in October 2015.
Robin Cormack is an art historian who works on Mediterranean art, particularly from Antiquity and Byzantium, but also from the Renaissance. He teaches in the Classics Faculty, University of Cambridge, and is giving lectures in 2014 in the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. and at the Universities of California at Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. Robin has published books on Byzantine Art, and co-curated the recent Royal Academy exhibition, Byzantium 330-1453.
He has a special side-interest in British architects who worked in Khartoum and New Delhi, and since he has always made it an aim never to write or lecture about monuments and sites unless he has visited them and studied them at first hand, travel is one of the things he does most often. Fortunately his wife, Professor Mary Beard, agrees with this aim, and travels too (and not just on twitter). So do his children who are both students working in Africa, and who spend time in Cairo and South Sudan. He is currently trying to learn to play the harpsichord, but that does not travel with him.
David Crilly graduated from the Universities of Southampton and London, first in Music and then with a Masters degree in Drama and Theatre Studies before completing his doctorate in the philosophy of art at Magdalen College, Oxford. For the last twenty eight years he has been Artistic Director of the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival - an open-air festival presented annually in the gardens of the Cambridge University colleges. He is a conductor, composer and author and has given lectures all over the world, including Buenos Aires, Tokyo, Montego Bay, Vienna, Chicago and Oxford.
He recently retired from academia having lectured in Cambridge for twenty years before taking on the role of Director of Creative and Performing Arts in Liverpool. He is also an arts practitioner and for eighteen years was Director-in-Residence for Anglia Opera, conducting such classics as La bohème, Carmen, Peter Grimes, La Traviata and The Turn of the Screw. David grew up in Liverpool in the sixties, so it was perhaps inevitable that he would become a guitarist, steeped as that city was in the music of The Beatles. Despite his academic background he has remained faithful to his roots and currently plays guitar in two rock tribute bands (Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd) and regularly tours the UK. Throughout the years he has also remained faithful to his other passion - Liverpool Football Club.
Anne has had a life-long interest in history and the religions of the world. This led to studying both topics for her first Degree and later for her Doctorate. She spent several years living in Africa and other overseas countries and this experience added to her interest in different cultures.
For many years she was Adviser in Inter Religious Relations for the Church of England. She was also Vice Moderator of the World Council of Churches in Geneva and has sat on numerous advisory bodies for Inter Religious Relations both overseas and in the United Kingdom. She is currently Visiting Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University.
For several years Anne co-organised a Youth Exchange Programme for young Jews, Christians and Muslims between Jerusalem and East London and in recognition of her work in inter-religious relations was made a Lay Canon of Chelmsford Cathedral. She has also led numerous pilgrimages to Israel and Lebanon. She is an accredited NADFAS lecturer and travels widely lecturing in the UK and on cruise ships.
John wears two different 'hats', both of which you might see him wearing on this voyage to France and Portugal. In tandem with a fifty-year career as the actor John Leeson, involving work across repertory, voicework, West End shows and television, he trained with the Wine & Spirit Education Trust to gain credentials as a wine educator.
A longstanding member both of the Association of Wine Educators and the Circle of Wine Writers, he is a core tutor for The Wine Education Service and writes their regular monthly online wine blog. John has enjoyed shipboard lecturing assignments with SAGA, Fred Olsen, Hebridean, and now, happily, Voyages to Antiquity. He will be hosting a series of wine tastings covering the regions we visit and he has been specially invited to share 'A Dog’s Life' with you – a reminiscence of his freewheeling acting career including his time spent both on DAD’S ARMY and on DOCTOR WHO as the voice of Tom Baker’s iconic robot dog, K9. Acknowledged by his peers as a more-than-decent cook, his recipe collection 'Dog’s Dinners' - with wine recommendations, of course – was published a couple of years ago by Fantom Films.
Karen Exell lives in Doha, Qatar, where she is Lecturer in Museum Studies and directs the MA in Museum and Gallery Practice at UCL (University College London) Qatar. She has worked for over 15 years in museums, heritage organisations and universities in the UK and Egypt before moving to Doha, Qatar, in 2011. She has a BA in Egyptology from Oxford University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Museum Studies from the University of St Andrews and a PhD in Egyptology from Durham University. She also works as an advisor to a number of the new museums in Qatar, including the National Museum.
Karen's research interests include the reception and perception of Egypt in the West, museums and the creation of knowledge, museums in non-western contexts (particularly the Arab region and South Asia), and the production and circulation of art in these contexts. She is currently developing a number of Arabian Gulf-focussed research projects that explore the contemporary cultural landscape in the Arabian Gulf, the impact of energy wealth, modernity, globalisation and engagement with western ideologies. Her work also explores the complex multiple heritages and heritage practices in Qatar and the Gulf and their relationship to the construction of a national heritage discourse. Her recent publications include Cultural Heritage in the Arabian Peninsula: Debates, Discourses and Practices (Ashgate 2014), and the forthcoming volume, Museums in the Arabian Peninsula: Globalisation and the Politics of Representation (Routledge 2015).
Angus was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he read English. Since 1975 he has taught English, Creative Writing and Drama at Eton and has produced some 70 plays at the college. He has been Head of English and a Housemaster and has also taught at St Paul’s School, Concord USA and at the Shore School in Sydney.
He is a Trustee of the Keats-Shelley Association and of the Keats House in Rome. During his 40 years at Eton, Angus has taught many colourful characters from Royalty and Professors to rock stars! He was David Cameron’s teacher and if Boris Johnson succeeds him, he will have taught two Prime Ministers in a row!
Angus has also directed many of Britain’s leading actors including the 2015 Oscar Winner Eddie Redmayne, Hugh Laurie, Damian Lewis, Tom Hiddleston and Dominic West. Also passionate about his sport, Angus is a life-long supporter of St Johnstone football team in Scotland, is a season ticket holder at Fulham FC and a member of the MCC. When time allows, Angus also loves to indulge his passion for travel.
Denise Heywood is an author, lecturer, photographer and journalist. She worked in Cambodia as a journalist for three years in the early 1990s and has been a scholar of Southeast Asian Art ever since.
Her books include one on the Buddhist temples of Laos, Ancient Luang Prabang and Laos, also in French, and Cambodian Dance, Celebration of the Gods, with a foreword by Princess Buppha Devi, daughter of King Sihanouk.
Denise has contributed to several other books and writes for many art, literary and travel publications. She has appeared on radio and television. Now based in London, she is a Lecturer for the National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies (NADFAS), The Art Fund, the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London) on their post-graduate Asian Art Course and for Madingley Hall (University of Cambridge).
She has lectured all over Britain, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Southeast Asia for organisations such as The British Museum, The Royal Society for Asian Affairs, The National Trust, and universities, museums, colleges, schools, art institutions, literary societies and travel organisations including the Royal Geographical Society. She leads art tours to Southeast Asia and France for cultural institutions such as The Royal Academy of Arts.
After graduating in Latin and Ancient History at Exeter University and a career in BBC Television, Gillian became deeply involved in archaeology. As an author, historian, archaeologist, tour guide and NADFAS accredited public speaker of considerable experience and astonishing range, the Reithian mantra of ‘educate, inform and entertain’ remains central to her work; she specialises in lively, passionate and engaging history that connects with our lives today, enabling audiences to relate to archaeology and to find depth and colour in our modern lives through the past’s continuing influence on us today.
She has lectured to audiences including the national media, Classical Associations, art galleries, museums and literary festivals and her books include Visiting the Past: finding and understanding Britain’s archaeology and Roman Britain, while Latin All Around Us: Why the Romans still matter today is due out in 2014 (CUP) and she is currently working on her next book on the History of the Mediterranean. She also shares her love of ancient history by teaching Latin and Roman History to adults and by continuing to work with community archaeology projects. She embraces all media for spreading the word about archaeology and was most recently heard on Radio 4.
To read more about Gillian's work, visit her blog: www.muddyarchaeologist.co.uk
Philip Hurst is a very popular lecturer on world affairs, geopolitics and modern history, based in Spain. After several decades practising in the stratospheric regions of international law, his focus is now history, with a particular interest in modern states in transition, from colony to independence and from dictatorship to democracy, Imperial history, and the geopolitics of the First World War.
Formerly Deputy Director of The Australian Institute of International Affairs in Canberra, and Counsel at The World Bank in Washington DC, Philip is a distinguished Anglo-Australian international and constitutional lawyer. In the course of his diverse career he practised in New York, Washington DC, and London, having been an English solicitor, a member of the New York and California Bars, and a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of Australia.
Born in England and educated in Australia at the University of Sydney and the Australian National University, he completed post-graduate studies in law and international relations in the United States at the University of Virginia. Philip has worked in many of the world’s most remote and exotic countries, having visited well over 100 nations. He has a special expertise in India (after more than 40 visits), the Middle East (having made 16 visits to Iran since the Islamic Revolution), and several South American states as well as Southern Africa and South-East Asia.
Since withdrawing from legal practice, Philip devotes his time to lecturing at sea, historical research and writing. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, London (F.R.G.S.), and now lives in Zahara de la Sierra, near Seville, Spain.
Old Roedeanian, Jasleen Kandhari is Lecturer and Tutor of Asian art history and textiles for Oxford University's department of Continuing Education, contributing editor of Indian textiles for the Textiles Asia Journal and an accredited lecturer of Asian Art for NADFAS-the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies.
Formerly Curator of Asian collections at the University of British Columbia, Museum of Anthropology in Canada, she has also worked for the British Museum and the British Library in curatorial and research positions. Jasleen is an expert in the artistic heritage of South Asia for which she attended the University of California Santa Barbara Punjab studies programme having attained her Masters degree in Asian art history on scholarship from Sotheby's Institute of Art and her Bachelors degree in Asian art history with Asian music from SOAS, University of London.
She has extensive lecturing experience at museums, universities and art societies including University of Oxford's museum of art - the Ashmolean Museum, the University of British Columbia in Canada, the British Museum, British Library, Victoria & Albert Museum, Asia House, Fashion and Textiles Museum, SOAS-University of London, the Oxford Centre of Buddhist Studies, the Oxford Centre of Hindu Studies, National Museums Liverpool and the National Museum of Textiles in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
She has published several academic articles in the field of Asian art and textiles including the Apollo, Burlington, Asian Art, Textiles Asia, British Museum magazine & Journal of Museums Ethnography. She is a first soprano and is proficient in playing the Javanese gamelan and Korean drums. More info on her blog: https://travellingarthistorian.wordpress.com/
David’s academic career began with 13 years at the University of Sheffield (1976-89) and since 1990 he has taught at the University of WA. He is also an Associate Member of the School of Archaeology, University of Oxford. He has been a Member at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton and held visiting fellowships at Princeton University and at Brasenose College, Oxford. David has taught widely across Greek and (especially) Roman Archaeology and History. His fieldwork has been mainly in Turkey and – in particular, Jordan, where he has worked almost annually since 1976.
His research interests range from the Roman army and frontiers to Roman landscapes but he has published recently on the Neolithic and Bronze Ages and early Islamic periods in the region.
His current ‘fieldwork’ is a long-term programme of Aerial Archaeology in Jordan which he began in 1997 – the only such programme anywhere outside Europe. This research and the archive of aerial photographs he established in 1978 (APAAME) underlie his current role in a project called ‘Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa’ (EAMENA) based at Oxford.
A new research interest concerns the remarkable 19th century western travellers who explored ‘east of Jordan’ and Petra. Recent books include The Roman Army in Jordan (2004), Ancient Jordan from the Air (2004), Gerasa and the Decapolis: A “Virtual Island” in Northwest Jordan (2007), Settlement and Soldiers in the Roman Near East (2013) and an iBook, Kites in ‘Arabia’ (2014). He is the subject of a Google ‘Stories’ video and hosts two Blogs. Explore them here:
BA (Hons) Ancient History and Archaeology (Manchester 1974); D.Phil (Oxford 1980); Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the Royal Geographical Society.
Dr. Thomas Mannack is Reader in Classical Iconography at the University of Oxford where he teaches Greek and Roman Art and Architecture, and has taught Greek Art at King's College, London. He is an internationally known expert on Greek figure-decorated pottery and studied Classical Archaeology, Ancient History and European Archaeology in Kiel, Heidelberg and Oxford. He gained a first class doctorate at Kiel University. Dr Mannack has published books and papers in English and German on Greek pottery, Greek sculpture, and the reception of ancient art.
He has been invited to present papers by many universities and academies including New York, Berlin, Tours, Brussels, Munich, Copenhagen, Vienna, Basel and Zurich.
In his spare time, Dr. Mannack is passionate about flat German tin figures, which his wife Sigrid hates, and on which he has published two scholarly article, just to irk her. His daughters, Lilith and Fidelis, have rejected the refined and beautiful field of Classical Archaeology in favour of “Science”, but are occasionally willing to accompany him on cruises (and paint toy figures better than him).
As an ornithologist and research ecologist Peter has travelled widely and is a regular and highly successful cruise ship lecturer. Peter’s interest in the environment and ornithology in particular was encouraged during his schooldays at Sedbergh.Whilst still at school he was part of one of the first expeditions to visit South-East Iceland to study the breeding distribution of the Great Skua. Subsequently he was to organise and lead his own expeditions to the Shetland and Faeroe Islands and was awarded a grant whilst an undergraduate at Cambridge University to extend his studies to Arctic Scandinavia. Such was his skill and expertise that he received his licence and has been ringing birds for well over fifty years.
He went on to teach, working in England (Marlborough, Shrewsbury and St John’s School, Leatherhead) and Scotland at The Edinburgh Academy culminating with his final appointment as Headmaster of Lancaster Royal Grammar School where he spent eighteen very happy and successful years. Peter is currently researching the environmental impact of changing patterns of agriculture of the birds of the Western Dales, working in conjunction with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, the British Trust for Ornithology and the Environment Agency.
He is now in great demand to speak to enthusiasts from the RSPB, Scottish Ornithologists Club and regional Wildlife Trusts. In common with many teenagers Peter was faced with choices and although he finally decided to follow a science route into teaching his other love is music and playing the cello. He has pursued this from his schooldays playing now with a number of orchestras in North West England.
In recent years Peter has enjoyed sharing his enthusiasm and knowledge with passengers on a range of cruises vising places as far flung as Polynesia, the Amazon, Central America, New England, the Atlantic Islands, Iceland, , Greenland, the White Sea, Baltic and Mediterranean, SE Asia East Africa and the Indian Ocean. His talks which include top quality illustration and sound and video clips are both entertaining and informative. When not lecturing Peter welcomes the opportunity to enhance passengers’ experiences of the wildlife around them out on deck, with on-board commentaries and on tour from the ship.
James Morwood read Classics and English at Peterhouse, Cambridge. He went on to teach at Harrow School where he became Head of Classics. Richard Curtis, the creator of 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' and 'Love Actually', has recently written about him in the Times Educational Supplement's My Best Teacher column. He has led many expeditions to classical climes, he has been on a pilgrimage to Mount Athos, and he retains a deep love of Greek culture.
After Harrow he went to Wadham College, Oxford, where he took charge of the university's Latin and Greek teaching. At present he is an Emeritus Fellow at Wadham and is working on Greek tragedy and the Roman poet Virgil. Passionate about all aspects of Greek and Roman civilization, he has written and co-written many books concerning the ancient world, including a recent one on the Emperor Hadrian.
Alexander J. Motyl is professor of political science at Rutgers University-Newark. While at Columbia University, he directed a program on Soviet nationality studies in 1988-92 and served as associate director of the W. Averill Harriman Institute for Advanced Study of the Soviet Union in 1992-98, where he established an exchange program with Istanbul's Bogazici University.
As deputy director of the Rutgers Division of Global Affairs in 1999-2008, he supervised the program's Turkish PhD students. A specialist on Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, he is the author of six academic books and seven novels and the editor of over fifteen volumes. His work on the rise and fall of empires has focused on the Roman, Byzantine, Habsburg, Ottoman, and Russian realms. He has taught Plato and Aristotle in many of his courses. Since 1995, Motyl has served as senior academic advisor to Freedom House's Nations in Transit project, which tracks political change in all the post-Communist states, including Yugoslavia, Albania, and Bulgaria.
He has also served as advisory board member of the Turkey-based journals, International Journal of Russian Studies and Bogazici Journal. Motyl's poetry has been published in the Istanbul Literary Review. He is fluent in Ukrainian, German, and Russian. He first visited Greece and Turkey as a student in 1976; he has travelled to the Aegean region regularly and spent two weeks on a Fulbright travel fellowship at Bogazici University in 1995. He served as guest lecturer on an October 2015 Voyages to Antiquity cruise of the northern Aegean and the Black Sea.
John Osborne graduated in Classical subjects at Cambridge University and taught Latin and Greek language and Ancient History – now revamped as Classical Civilization - for over thirty years at Marlborough College, Wiltshire, where he was Senior Master. His main interests are in Roman imperial history and the architecture of religious buildings.
He worked for several years teaching English for the British Council in Iran and Turkey, which gave him a now long-standing interest in Islamic culture as well as the ancient civilizations of these two countries.
Since 2015 he has lectured regularly for NADFAS – the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies – in the UK and abroad, including Australia and New Zealand. He has run courses on Ancient Rome and on Islam at the University of Bath, runs an annual course on Mediaeval Parish Churches at Marlborough College Summer School and guides at Salisbury Cathedral.
He has lectured on classical tours to Italy, Greece and Tunisia and has also led specialist tours to various countries in SE Europe, the Mediterranean and the Middle East, including Croatia, Romania and (especially) Bulgaria, where he runs his own cultural and historical tours. He has taught himself Bulgarian and is writing 'A Traveller’s History of Bulgaria'. He and his wife, Karen, have led several highly successful tours to Turkey and Iran in recent years and took a group to Georgia in 2014.
Jonathan Phillips is Professor of Crusading History at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of numerous books on the crusades, most recently Holy Warriors: A Modern History of the Crusades which was published by the Bodley Head to very positive reviews and selected as a ‘History Book of 2009’ by The Sunday Telegraph.
Phillips’ previous monograph The Second Crusade: Extending the Frontiers of Christendom, was strongly praised by reviewers in Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian, The Sunday Telegraph, and his earlier The Fourth Crusade and the Sack of Constantinople was shortlisted for the Hessell-Tiltman Literary Prize 2005.
His current research interests centre upon the involvement of the Italian cities of Pisa, Genoa and Venice in the crusades. This will lead to a monograph, associated articles, as well as an introduction to a translation of the texts of Caffaro of Genoa (with Martin Hall).
Over the last eighteen months Phillips has given invited conference papers and lectures in Damascus, Istanbul, Malta, St Louis USA, Cardiff, Denmark. Professor Phillips has appeared in numerous television and radio programmes, most recently on Channel 4's 'Back from the Dead: Crusaders' and BBC Radio 4’s 'Start the Week' to discuss Holy Warriors. He is currently filming a major 6 part series 'The Road from Christ to Constantine' which he will present. He was the consultant and an interviewee in Channel 4’s programme on the Crusades in 2009, in Boris Johnson’s BBC2 programme 'After Rome' (2008), and the consultant and lead presenter for the History Channel’s 'Crescent and the Cross' (2005). A co-editor of the academic journal, Crusades, he also co-chairs the Crusades and Eastern Mediterranean seminar at the Institute of Historical Research, London.
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Come & sing at sea with Bob Porter!
Bob Porter’s experience as a choir master, conductor and artistic director is being put to good use on his first ever cruise. We’ll arrange three choral workshops over the course of the cruise, culminating in a grand finale performance at the end of the voyage.
After studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Bob worked as a musician and teacher, returning to Guildhall to teach and becoming Head of Wind and Percussion in 1985 - a position he still holds today. In the early 1980s, Bob founded the Brandenburg Sinfonia, the first of a group of orchestras under his artistic direction and later in 2010, the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London.
Starting with six concerts at St Martins-in-the-Fields, it has now grown to around 120 events annually making it the largest and most significant Choral Festival in the country.
This year the Festival boasted more than 70 choirs in 67 concerts, covering the standard masterpieces of the choral repertoire along with jazz, barbershop and gospel, also making it one of the most varied and inclusive Choral Festivals!
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 Greek. His post-graduate work and his doctorate, from the University of London, is in Near Eastern archaeology. His first overseas archaeological field work in the eastern Mediterranean was in 1969 as a field surveyor at the classical site of Knidos in Turkey. He then worked for the Smithsonian Institution as an archaeological field surveyor on excavations in the Near East before directing his own field research in the same area through the early 1970’s.
David has spent many years working in the countries of Africa south of the Zambesi. From 1976 to 1989 he was the director of a multi-disciplinary team of up to twenty scientists from several universities researching the effects of climatic change on human evolution in Africa. He was based in Swaziland, during which time he also oversaw the building of the Swaziland National Museum and where he eventually became Director of Antiquities.
David has been associated with the eastern Mediterranean – Greece, Turkey, Jordan and the Near East for more than 40 years. He is deeply involved with all aspects of Near Eastern culture, history and archaeology.
David has just retired after thirty seven years lecturing on the Archaeology of Western Asia (Eastern Mediterranean) at the Institute of Archaeology for the University of London Extra Mural Department. He is the author and co-author of numerous academic papers on the area. David has designed and lectured on many tours to Greece, Turkey and the Near East and is very familiar with the archaeological sites in the area. David is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, an elected member of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs, and a life member of the Southern African Quaternary Research Association. He speaks Turkish and reads Classical Greek.
Stephen Quinn’s day job is as professor of digital journalism at the Norwegian Creative College. But his real passion is tasting and talking about wine, possibly because he was born in the Hunter Valley of Australia, a premium winegrowing region. Dr Quinn has been writing regularly about wine since 2008, after researching it (a fancy term for drinking) for more than four decades. He co-writes a weekly wine column syndicated to seven countries with a potential audience of several million and makes videos about wine for DecanterChina.com.
Dr Quinn has taught at universities in Australia, the United States, the United Arab Emirates and China. Prior to academic life he was a journalist with Australian newspapers, the Bangkok Post, the UK’s Press Association, BBC-TV, ITN, The Guardian, the Middle East Broadcasting Centre, and TVNZ. Between 2011 and 2013 he returned to journalism as the digital development editor at the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong.
At the Post he helped re-launch the SCMP.com site that in November 2012 won the WAN/Ifra gold medal for best news website in Asia. He has published 24 print books and 5 digital books, and presented almost 200 papers in 38 countries. Dr Quinn also runs MOJO Media Insights, a digital consulting business. He shows media organisations how to make money from producing interactive books using iBooks Author and teaches media professionals how to make broadcast-quality videos using only an iPad Mini or iPhone. Examples of his videos can be found at http://www.youtube.com/ningbomojo/videos.
He keeps examples of his writing as his blog at http://sraquinn.org/ and currently lives in Brighton in the UK. On this voyage Dr Quinn will combine his passions for words and wine. He will lecture about wine and run workshops for anyone interested in creative writing. He published his first novel, Chaucer’s Team, in 2014 and it can be found on Amazon. And if anyone is interested he will run classes in Dahn yoga, and how to use your iPhone to make high-quality movies about your voyage to put on YouTube for your friends to see.
Ernie Rea is a celebrated broadcaster who specialises on the history of religions and the way that faith impacts on the contemporary world. His regular radio programme, Beyond Belief, was awarded the prestigious Sony Gold Award for the best Speech Programme on British Radio. He worked for the BBC for 22 years in a variety of production and editorial roles. From 1989 -2001 he was Head of Religious Broadcasting for the BBC responsible for all their television and radio programmes nationally and locally. During this time, he spent much time in the United States, brokering co-production television deals with leading American broadcasters. He was closely involved in a variety of key national events, including the Funeral Service for Diana, Princess of Wales. He is in wide demand as a speaker at a wide variety of events, including international inter faith conferences, literary festivals, and academic symposia.
In 1997 he was personally awarded the Gold Medal of the International Council for Christians and Jews for his contribution to Inter Faith understanding. He has First Class Degrees in Theology and in History and Politics which helped fuel his passion for the study of world religions and the way in which they impact on the ancient and modern worlds. He was one time Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Education at Manchester University.
Joyce grew up in Brazil and Mexico, then moved to the States and obtained a PhD in Medieval History from Rutgers University in New Jersey. She was endlessly curious about what shapes people’s actions, and thus focused on the history of religion and aspects of social history, like the history of sexuality.
Joyce was an award-winning teacher at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. When she retired, she could indulge her twin passions of writing books and giving lectures all over the world. Joyce is an author of more than ten books, including a best-selling western civilization textbook, "The West in the World", and other non-fiction books on history and religion, including "The Beast Within: Animals in the Middle Ages", "The Blood of Martyrs: Unintended Consequences of Ancient Violence" and the award-winning "Perpetua’s Passion: Death and Memory of a Young Roman Woman". Her latest book, “Rome’s Christian Empress: Galla Placidia Rules at the Twilight of the Empire,” (John Hopkins, 2015) tells the biography of a woman who travelled in Spain, and lost North Africa to the Vandals.
Salisbury will bring this research to life as we cruise through the lands this Empress ruled. Joyce has also appeared on Public Television several times, most recently in the series “Ancient Roads from Christ to Constantine” (2015). She is the expert on North Africa and martyrs, based on her research and travels to that continent. She is also a regular on Public Radio, and is currently writing a series of lectures for the “Great Courses,” which will appear in early 2017.
Even with all this writing, Joyce has had plenty of time to travel, and has circumnavigated the world three times teaching on Semester at Sea’s ship, the MV Explorer. She has also lectured on many commercial cruise ships. She will bring these insights - as well as her personal experiences - to her lectures.
Simone Schofield enjoys every form of needlecraft and has specialised in teaching patchwork and quilting to all ages. She was born in Cape Town in 1955 and is married to Andrew who supports her addictive hobby. Their children, Janet and Adrian, live in London and Brisbane. Simone co-owns a patchwork shop called STITCH 'N STUFF in a suburb of Cape Town where she gives her regular classes. She opened the shop in 1994 and after 2 years of intensive studying, she was asked to teach basic lessons to beginners.
Since then Simone has branched out into embroidery, bead making and quick, fun things to sew which give the maker instant pleasure. Her patchwork classes now include beginners, intermediate and advanced students and the techniques will satisfy the traditional and innovative quilter.
Simone has been teaching on cruise ships for the past 5 years and she makes the classes revolve around the area past which the ship is sailing ie. Herero dolls from Namibia, naive embroidery from East Africa, Aboriginal patchwork from Australia ( using traditional fabric) and many others. She prepares a variety of kits for the cruising students and supplies everything needed to finish the article.
Simone has been very involved with the GOOD HOPE QUILTERS GUILD for 20 years and was the President of the guild from 2009 to 2012. She co-organised a national quilt festival in 2011 and has also taught and lectured at many national quilt festivals in South Africa. She has also given classes in the UK, Mauritius, several East African countries as well as Australia. Getting together with other passengers and making something unusual is such fun and Simone thoroughly enjoys seeing her students marvel at what they have made.
Andrew Schofield is an ecologist and was born in Farnborough in 1956. He has lived in Nigeria, Kenya and Tanzania and now lives in Cape Town, South Africa.
Conservation has been the theme of his life with influences by many wonderful people that he has met over the years, starting with his God father who was the National Parks field officer for Nigeria and who took him as a young boy to see the herds of Elephants in the bush to the turtles nesting on the beaches.
Andrew has created wildlife reserves in areas that have not had game on them for hundreds of years. He has collected and translocated species like Elephant, Rhino, Cheetah and Lion and successfully habituated them to the new reserves.
Andrew was the first person in the world to release White Lions back into the wild. This was a long and interesting project which had many successes and glorious failures, but now there are free roaming white lions in Africa due to his and his team's perseverance.
These conservation projects have culminated in the form of a book, "White Lion back to the wild" which tells the story of how the White Lions were returned to their natural habitat and how game reserves are created.
Andrew still does conservation work throughout Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands and is a specialist nature guide for people who wish to explore the Fauna and Flora of Africa. A passion for wildlife and photography has taken him all over the world, from the freezing Antarctic to the scorching Sahara, over the years he has been extremely privileged to do research and work in some rather far off places. He is married to Simone and they have two adult children Janet and Adrian.
Angela Smith is a freelance art historian and has been an accredited NADFAS lecturer for a number of years. She studied Art History at Leicester University and holds a PhD in cultural history from the Warburg Institute, London University. She has spent more than a decade teaching Art History for Leicester University and also Bishop Grosseteste University. She also regularly leads cultural tours to Spain for NADFAS. Her breadth of knowledge and passion to explain developments in art within its historical context is reflected in one of her recent publications: A Timeline of Art History. (The Book Forge, 2012).
Iberian art and architecture of all periods is a particular interest and one of the lectures she will be giving on the Seville to Dover cruise in 2016 will feature the history and use of azulejo - the ceramic tiles widely found decorating Spanish and Portuguese buildings. Trained as a late medievalist, the art and architecture of the middle ages continues to have a particular fascination for Angela.
Her particular expertise in Spanish art and all things medieval will come together in her lecture on the great pilgrimage church at Santiago de Compostela.
Victor Stock is a retired Anglican priest, who was the Dean of Guildford in the Church of England. Apart from his being an Associate of King's College, he is also a member of the Order of Australia (OAM), Doctor of the University of Surrey, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). Victor was educated at Christopher Wren School, West London and King's College London. Ordained in 1970, he was a curate in Pinner and then Chaplain of the University of London's Church of Christ the King, Gordon Square. He was Rector of St Mary-le-Bow in the City of London from 1986 where he hosted 15 years of dialogues with well known people such as Judi Dench, Roy Strong and Jeremy Paxman.
Victor is a regular broadcaster. Retirement has meant Victor has more time to teach and preach and is able to live in London which he describes as the greatest city in the world. He also hugely enjoys being a Governor in both state and private Schools and sitting on the Fabric Committee of Salisbury Cathedral as well as being a Priest Vicar at Westminster Abbey. Victor’s interests include travel, politics and gardening. He is a fascinating and highly entertaining raconteur and his reflections embrace social, political and humanitarian issues of global importance, as well as frequently hilarious anecdotes. His diary from 20 years has turned into the entertaining book 'Taking Stock: Confessions of a City Priest'.
A fellow at Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science since 2011, Adam Tanner spent much of his career as a foreign correspondent, first reporting from South and Southeast Asia in the mid-1980s. He has studied India for many years and speaks Hindi as well as some Urdu (and in learning the language over the years he has sat through countless hours of Bollywood films). He plays North Indian classical music on the sitar and the Mohan veena, and was a student of the great Hindustani musician Ali Akbar Khan.
He worked for Reuters news agency from 1995 to 2011, including as bureau chief in the Balkans and San Francisco and correspondent in Moscow, Berlin and Washington D.C. He is the author of What Stays in Vegas: The World of Personal Data - Lifeblood of Big Business - and the End of Privacy as We Know It, named by the Washington Post as one of the 50 notable non-fiction books of 2014. His next book, The Big Health Data Bazaar: Uncovering a Multi-Billion Dollar Trade in Our Medical Secrets, will be published in January 2017.
He has appeared on the BBC, National Public Radio, CNN, Bloomberg TV, MSNBC, CNBC, Voice of America and written for Forbes, Scientific American and other magazines.
Dr Richard Thomas has had a career in International Development working as an academic, a consultant and as a long term (1991-2010) staff member of the UKs Department for International Development.
He has worked in all of Anglophone Africa, and much of North Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and South and South East Asia. He was, in the late 1980s, responsible for a series of programmes in the ASEAN region which involved extensive travel to Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand. He subsequently ran training programmes in Singapore, Malacca, Kuching and Port Klang.
Richard has a family connection with Burma: his uncle, who had been a tea planter in Assam, served with the Royal Engineers in Burma in WWII and lived to tell the tale. He has made 3 visits to the region in recent years and so keeps up-to-date with political and economic developments.
Gaynor is a freelance radio and television producer and consultant and trainer on presentation and the press and broadcast media.
She spent 25 years working for the BBC as a Radio 4 presenter and as an award-winning producer of television and radio programmes. She was Head of BBC Radio Wales and was the first Managing Editor of BBC Radio 5, which is a national news and sports channel.
While at the BBC Gaynor was sent to South Africa post-apartheid to train black presenters for SABC. Nowadays she works as a media consultant with Charities, and spends her spare time sailing the high seas or at home with her husband Ernie and beautiful dog, Bertie.
Whilst on board Aegean Odyssey, Gaynor will be on board to host a book club for passengers wishing to learn more about the fascinating sites visited. Please note Gaynor will not be lecturing.
Rachel Ward was a Curator (Middle Eastern section) at the British Museum 1983-2000 and Director/Vice President of the Royal Asiatic Society 2002-2008. In 1988 she was co-curator/author of Süleyman the Magnificent at the British Museum, the first major exhibition of Ottoman art in Europe. Other publications include Islamic Metalwork, London, 1993; Gilded and Enamelled Glass from the Middle East (editor), London, 1998; Court and Craft, a Masterpiece from Northern Iraq (an exhibition at the Courtauld Gallery), London, 2014.
She is currently working on a Catalogue of the Arab and Turkish Metalwork in the British Museum, on glass excavated on the citadel in Aleppo, Syria, and on an exhibition and catalogue of Islamic metalwork in the Georgian National Museum in Tbilisi. Rachel lectures for universities, museums and other groups on the art and culture of the Islamic world. She is a NADFAS (National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies) accredited lecturer.
Candace Weddle is a professor of art history at the South Carolina School of the Arts at Anderson University. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Art History from the University of Southern California and Tulane University, respectively, and a B.A. in Classics from Baylor University in her home state of Texas.
As an archaeologist, she has joined teams at sites ranging from the Neolithic to Byzantine periods, most recently the Austrian Archaeological Institute’s team excavating the “Temple of Domitian” in the well-known city of Ephesus in Turkey. The recipient of a Fulbright and a fellowship from the Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, she spent a year in Istanbul conducting research and falling in love with that spectacular city.
Candace has travelled widely and spoken on ancient and medieval topics at conferences and as an invited lecturer at universities in the U.S., the U.K., Turkey, and Indonesia, and has also served as a lecturer for the Smithsonian Journeys program. She teaches courses covering the scope of Western art, but her primary research interest is the sensory experience of Graeco-Roman life, especially the use of archaeological and literary evidence to better understand the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and other sensations experienced by worshipers during ancient religious ceremonies.
Recent publications include articles in the Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology and the collected volumes 'Making Senses of the Past: Toward a Sensory Archaeology' and 'Senses of the Empire'.
Brian is the Emeritus Professor of Geology at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland and holds professorial positions in the Universities of Manchester and Bristol, UK, and Cork and Dublin in Ireland. He has also held university teaching positions in Canada and the USA. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London and a Member of the Energy Institute, and has published over 100 papers and several books. He has made TV appearances in the UK, USA and Far East and presented Radio programmes for the BBC.
Brian gained his PhD in sedimentary geology from the University of Wales far too many years ago to admit to, and in 2004 was awarded a D.Sc. degree in recognition of his global contribution to sedimentary research. He is a consultant to the Oil Industry and several small geological companies, and has lectured on Voyages to Antiquity cruises since 2011. His studies have taken him to Australia, SE Asia, Middle East, Europe and North America which has given him the opportunity to share his enthusiasm for rocks and earth processes with adult education classes, industry personnel and students alike.
In addition to being passionate about Geology, Brian is an ardent Rugby enthusiast [he's Welsh of course !!] and follower of American Jazz.
John Wreglesworth is an independent scholar. He holds an honours degree in History from the University of Manchester and a doctorate from the University of Leeds. With considerable experience of lecturing from school to postgraduate level, John has held an award from the Cañada Blanch Foundation for research in Spain and a fellowship at the Centre for Mediterranean Studies at the University of Exeter.
He has read academic papers to international conferences in Tunisia and the UK. Most recently, he has contributed to the Oxford Dictionary of Medieval History (2009) and an Encyclopaedia of Medieval Chronicles (2010). He is currently working on a book examining Spanish chronicles.
Since 1998, John, an enthusiastic traveller, has been actively involved in cultural tourism as a group lecturer and tour leader on land throughout Europe, from Portugal to Russia, as well as South America, Ecuador and Peru. At sea, he has been a guest speaker on cruises in the Mediterranean as well as the Caribbean and aling the coasts of South America.