Speaker - Simon Thurley

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Visiting Gresham Professor of the Built Environment and a leading architectural historian, Dr. Thurley is a regular broadcaster on television and radio and is the Chief Executive of English Heritage, the Government's principal advisor on the historic environment in England.

English Heritage aims to protect and promote England's historic environment and ensure that its past is researched and understood. It manages what is in effect the national collection of ancient monuments and historic buildings, with the 400 and more sites ranging from Stonehenge to Dover Castle. Within this, Professor Thurley is particularly interested in making heritage protection fairer and more effective, and in making sure that England's heritage plays a positive role in improving the quality of people's lives.

Prior to joining English Heritage in 2002, he served as the Director of the Museum of London, the world's largest city museum. Between 1990 to 1997 he was the Curator and Main Board Member of Historic Royal Palaces, the organization is responsible for Hampton Court Palace, the Tower of London, Kensington Palace, the Banqueting House, Whitehall and Kew Palace.

He is Honorary Fellow and Visiting Professor of London Medieval History at Royal Holloway, University of London, a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and the Royal Historical Society. He is an honorary member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. He is and has been the President of a number of archaeological and historical societies and is Chairman of the Society for Court Studies and serves on the Council of St. Paul's Cathedral. He received his PhD from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, where he wrote on English Royal Palaces 1450-1550.

His full biography can be seen on the Gresham College website: Professor Simon Thurley

15 Programs

Simon Thurley: A Tale of Two Henrys

06.04.14 | 00:48:09 min | 0 comments

Simon Thurley: The Building of England

10.16.13 | 00:48:59 min | 0 comments

Simon Thurley: English Architecture in the Post War Era

03.06.13 | 00:49:43 min | 0 comments

Simon Thurley: English Architecture and World War One

11.14.12 | 00:52:11 min | 0 comments

Simon Thurley: A Lecture On Building the Victorian City

10.10.12 | 00:56:06 min | 0 comments

Simon Thurley: English Architecture, 1830 to 1914

03.07.12 | 00:58:39 min | 0 comments

Simon Thurley: English Architecture, 1760 to 1830

02.08.12 | 00:59:05 min | 0 comments

English Architecture: The Rise of Consensus, 1650 to 1760

11.02.11 | 00:56:07 min | 0 comments

Simon Thurley: English Architecture, 1530 to 1650

10.11.11 | 00:59:26 min | 0 comments

Simon Thurley: How the Middle Ages were Built, 1408-1530

04.13.11 | 01:03:34 min | 0 comments

How the Middle Ages Were Built: 1300-1408

03.23.11 | 00:59:37 min | 0 comments

English Architecture: Reaching for Heaven, 1130-1300

12.01.10 | 00:56:16 min | 0 comments

Making England in the Shadow of Rome, 410 - 1130

11.03.10 | 00:56:42 min | 0 comments

The Politics of Architecture in Tudor and Stuart London

02.11.10 | 01:01:58 min | 0 comments

Dr. Simon Thurley: The Politics of Heritage Preservation

12.10.09 | 01:01:02 min | 0 comments