The Quick Intro

I am an architectural historian, writer and broadcaster and here you can read about my writing, editing, broadcasting, lectures and talks, study days, and other activities, as well as a blog of my travels. I do hope you find it useful, please feel free to get in touch with any queries.


2013 SPAB Plunket Scholars



A picture of myself and Nick Cox (left), with the 2013 SPAB Plunket Scholars at Worton House in Oxfordshire, with our hosts, Mr and Mrs Malcolm Axtell (right)

The Annual IHBC Gus Astley Student Award

I am really delighted to be asked to be a judge for the IHBC awards; it is absolutely vital to encourage and inspire a new generation in the conservation field and for their ideas to help enlighten and inspire those of us who have been working in the field for some time – I see these awards as doing just that.  For more information click here.

Look out for…

6 Books Pic

1. Oliver Messel: in the Theatre of Design

2. Up and Down Stairs: A history of the Country House Servant

3. English Country House Interiors

4. Moggerhanger Park

5. English Ruins

6. In Pursuit of the Best Gun (1812 – 2012)


Forthcoming lectures and courses:

“The English Country House” at the Victoria and Albert Museum starting July, 1 2014.  This 4 week course explores the architecture, interiors and decoration of the greatest country houses of England, ranging from the Medieval manor, to the Jacobean powerhouse, the Georgian mansion, and the Gothic Revival castle.  More information and how to book here.

Recent Articles:

“Borrowed Rooms” in Country Life on the 18th century English period rooms at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, October 16

Preview to Whistler in London, at Dulwich Picture Gallery, Country Life, October 9, 2013


See Country Life this week (28 August) for my article on the homes of Jane Austen (right) and her brother at Chawton in Hampshire, copies in the newsagents now

See my new blog on high society drinks in history on DrinkAristocrat.com

“Jane Austen (right) and Bonomi”, in The Georgian Group Journal, May 2013

“In Piranesi’s Eye”, review of exhibition at Soane Museum, Country Life, April 3, 2013

“Behind the Green Baize Door”, in Hudson’s Heritage Annual, 2013, 94-97

“The modern gun room” in The Field, April, 2013, 83-85

An archive of my articles can be view here

BBC Radio Tees – Mike Parr

Download Radio Interview (3.7 MB – mp3)

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire – Liz Fraser

Download Radio Interview (5.5 MB – mp3)

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire SPAB week – Great Country Houses

Download Radio Interview (25 MB – mp3)

I hope you’ll enjoy looking around the site and find what you’re looking for. I welcome your feedback and look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for visiting.