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Guest Speakers

Our celebrated speakers have been carefully selected for their knowledge of the art, history, archaeology, architecture, wine and cuisine of the areas we visit. Their informative and enlightening talks will entertain you and bring to life the history of the remarkable civilisations and cultures of the Mediterranean and the Far East.

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    • Hugh Ellwood

      Hugh Ellwood

      Architect and Artist, Accredited Lecturer of The Art Society

      Cruises:

      Classical Greece & Islands of the Aegean - 2019-10-02
      Hugh Ellwood was educated in the classics and went to university in Rome to study philosophy. It was here that art and history became a reality and after four years he returned to Manchester to study architecture. After graduation, he became a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He pursued a career as an architect with Building Design Partnership, the largest multi-discipline design organisation in the UK. For 21 years he was a partner in the practice, working on housing, school and hospital projects such as the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham and the New General Infirmary at Leeds.

      Hugh Ellwood was educated in the classics and went to university in Rome to study philosophy. It was here that art and history became a reality and after four years he returned to Manchester to study architecture. After graduation, he became a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He pursued a career as an architect with Building Design Partnership, the largest multi-discipline design organisation in the UK. For 21 years he was a partner in the practice, working on housing, school and hospital projects such as the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham and the New General Infirmary at Leeds.

      For some years Hugh was an external examiner in Architecture at the University of Manchester as well as a visiting lecturer in the history of art and architecture at the University of Central Lancashire. He has also lectured extensively to various societies and organisations on art and architecture and is a Accredited Lecturer of The Art Society.

      During the 1980s he began to sketch with watercolour as a complement to the pursuit of architecture. He prefers to work in watercolour, ink, pencil and pastel. His subjects are mainly buildings, the landscape and the relationship between the two. He prefers to work outdoors, rather than in the studio.

      During the year he spends at least three months with his wife in Switzerland and Italy as well as visiting other places of interest abroad to study, photograph and sketch. The areas of the Italian lakes, Rome and Venice are particular favourites.

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    • Caroline Holmes

      Caroline Holmes

      Garden Historian

      Cruises:

      Classical Greece & Islands of the Aegean - 2019-10-02
      Caroline Holmes is a Garden Historian of places, people and plants who sifts humour from humus worldwide as a lecturer, broadcaster and an author of 11 books.

      Caroline Holmes is a Garden Historian of places, people and plants who sifts humour from humus worldwide as a lecturer, broadcaster and an author of 11 books. A consultant designer specialising in evoking historical, artistic and symbolic references ranging from the gardens surrounding Notre Dame-de-Calais to devising the planting for The Alnwick Garden’s Poison Garden, Caroline lectures for The Art Society in both the UK and overseas; the RHS, Road Scholar, Martin Randall Travel, and the Plant School.  

      She is Course Director for University of Cambridge’s ICE International Summer Programmes. Her latest television appearance was on TeleFrance 1 on the Field of the Cloth of Gold (2017). She was the presenter of Telling the Stories of England (2016) and has appeared on many BBC Gardening programmes, co-presenting Glorious Gardens, a design and history series in 2004. Caroline has also toured Australia and presented A Sunparched Country for BBC Radio Four in 2008.

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    • Dr Thomas Mannack

      Dr Thomas Mannack

      The Classical Art Research Centre, University of Oxford

      Cruises:

      Dalmatia & Ancient Greece - 2019-09-18 Grand Adriatic & Aegean Experience - 2019-09-18
      Thomas Mannack studied Classical Archaeology, Ancient History, and European Archaeology at Heidelberg, Oxford, and Kiel in Northern Germany. For the last 33 years he has taught Greek and Roman Archaeology at the University of Oxford (England) where he is the Reader in Classical Iconography. He has also served concurrently as a lecturer at King’s College, London, for three years.

      Thomas Mannack studied Classical Archaeology, Ancient History, and European Archaeology at Heidelberg, Oxford, and Kiel in Northern Germany. For the last 33 years he has taught Greek and Roman Archaeology at the University of Oxford (England) where he is the Reader in Classical Iconography. He has also served concurrently as a lecturer at King’s College, London, for three years. Mannack is an expert on Greek figure-decorated pottery and Director of the British Academy’s Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum Project. He has published books and papers on Greek pottery, Greek sculpture, and the reception of ancient art and organised a tiny exhibition on Napoleon I at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.

      He has been invited to present papers by many universities and academies including New York, Williamsburg, New Orleans, Berlin, Tours, Brussels, Munich, Copenhagen, Vienna, Basel, Lisbon, Lo Groňo, and Zurich.

       

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    • Dr David Price-Williams

      Dr David Price-Williams

      University of London

      Cruises:

      Classical Greece & Islands of the Aegean - 2019-10-02
      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 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

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    • Ernest Rea

      Ernest Rea

      Broadcaster

      Cruises:

      Dalmatia & Ancient Greece - 2019-09-18 Grand Adriatic & Aegean Experience - 2019-09-18
      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.

      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.

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    • John Sherlock

      John Sherlock

      Winchester College and Oxford University

      Cruises:

      Classical Greece & Islands of the Aegean - 2019-09-24 Grand Adriatic & Aegean Experience - 2019-09-18
      John Sherlock was educated at Winchester College and Oxford University. He runs a specialist consultancy advising the owners of the UK’s great houses, gardens and landscapes on how to better engage and inspire the visiting public. He has completed projects for the National Trust, The Crown Estate and the Historic Houses Association.

      John Sherlock was educated at Winchester College and Oxford University. He runs a specialist consultancy advising the owners of the UK’s great houses, gardens and landscapes on how to better engage and inspire the visiting public. He has completed projects for the National Trust, The Crown Estate and the Historic Houses Association.

      John has been accredited as a lecturer by the Arts Society (formerly NADFAS) and has lectured on various ships. An audience member said he was "Clear, concise, inspirational and very entertaining". Another commented "The best lectures I have ever attended on a cruise."

      John has the knack of making his talks fun, even though there's a lot of content! When working at Windsor Great Park, he was selected to make a presentation to HM the Queen and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle.

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    • Prof NANCY WILKIE

      Prof NANCY WILKIE

      Carleton College, Northfield

      Cruises:

      Dalmatia & Ancient Greece - 2019-09-18 Classical Greece & Islands of the Aegean - 2019-09-24 Grand Adriatic & Aegean Experience - 2019-09-18
      Nancy Wilkie, lecturer for the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and Carleton College (Northfield, Minnesota), is a distinguished archaeologist and professor who has lectured to acclaim on numerous educational tours and cruises throughout the Mediterranean. She is William H. Laird Professor of Classics, Anthropology, and the Liberal Arts, Emerita, at Carleton College, where she was co-coordinator of the Archaeology Concentration.

      Nancy Wilkie, lecturer for the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and Carleton College (Northfield, Minnesota), is a distinguished archaeologist and professor who has lectured to acclaim on numerous educational tours and cruises throughout the Mediterranean. She is William H. Laird Professor of Classics, Anthropology, and the Liberal Arts, Emerita, at Carleton College, where she was co-coordinator of the Archaeology Concentration.

      Nancy has worked on archaeological projects in Greece, Egypt, and Nepal, authored more than 30 articles, and co-edited three books on archaeology. From 1998-2002 she served as President of the AIA, and in 2009-10 she was the AIA’s Charles Eliot Norton lecturer, one of the highest honors that the Institute bestows. In April 2003 the President appointed Nancy to the Cultural Property Advisory Committee of the U.S. State Department, on which she continues to serve. In April 2013 she was elected President of the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield, an organization dedicated to the protection of cultural property in times of armed conflict.

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