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Sarah Deere-Jones


Sarah performs, writes and lectures in the UK and abroad as a musician and scholar, having been a graduate and prize-winner from the Royal Academy of Music. She has appeared on national radio and television in UK and America, lectured for National Trust, English Heritage, U3A, schools and colleges and on board the QE2. All lectures are presented digitally and include live music and songs on various harps, depending on the subject.

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Mary Rose Rivett-Carnac


Mary Rose gained an MA in Victorian Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London. Several of her arts-related essays and articles have been published, and she is a guide at Turner’s House in Twickenham and Dorich House Museum in Kingston. She was a founder member of Richmond upon Thames DFAS. Since 2007 she has worked part-time on the unique arts project that is the subject of her lectures.

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Dr Richard Thomas


Dr Thomas completed an MA in Canada in Development Studies, and a PhD from Trinity College, Dublin in History and Political Science. His career as an academic and as a political and institutional analyst in the field of International Development enabled him to travel widely in Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. He always sought to understand the arts and culture of the country or region he was living or working in since they illuminate the past and help to explain the present. Some of his lectures (Cobbett/Gillray and Hadrian) began with the history but have been developed for NADFAS by emphasising the culture and art/architecture/cartoons of the period.

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Julian Richards


Julian studied archaeology at Reading University and has since worked as a professional archaeologist, in commercial archaeology, for English Heritage, for the BBC and as an independent. He was elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 1992 and is being awarded an honorary doctorate in July of this year. Has been involved in teaching and outreach projects, lecturing widely in continuing education, to groups and societies and to special interest tour companies. Julian has had a career in broadcasting involved researching and presenting 'Meet the Ancestors' and 'Blood of the Vikings' for BBC2, and 'Mapping the Town' for Radio 4 and is author of a number of English Heritage publications on Stonehenge, including the previous and current guide books to the monument and landscape. He is guest curator of 'Wish you were here', an exhibition of his own extensive collection of 'Stonehengiana' which is currently on display at the new Stonehenge Visitor Centre. Also curating an exhibition for the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute in Vienna, opening March 2016.

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Bertie Pearce


Bertie has a BA (Hons) in Drama from Manchester University, and a Diploma Internationale from the École Internationale du Théatre, Jacques Lecoq. He is a member of the Inner Magic Circle, with Gold Star and past experience includes lecturing to cruise ship audiences, the Women’s Institute, theatre clubs and the Sussex Magic Circle, as well as NADFAS. In addition, has toured the world with a magic cabaret show and a one man show entitled All Aboard. Bertie has also written an article on entertainment for the Guardian newspaper.

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Giles Ramsay


Giles is new to NADFAS as a speaker but not to speaking.  He has a massive repertoire of topics associated with the theatre and its history and regularly gives talks on the Queen Mary.  He is the course leader in Theatre at the V&A and a Fellow of St Chad’s College Durham.

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Alexandra Drysdale


Alexandra is an art historian and a professional artist specialising in painting, sculpture and performance. Her lectures combine art historical knowledge with personal expertise in aesthetics and artistic techniques. Art from all periods, including examples of her own work, is examined from an artist's point of view. This entails a perceptive analysis of a painting's structure, its meaning, and its relationship to the history of art. She puts a particular emphasis on studying the symbolic language of the imagination. BA (Hons) Fine Art from Chelsea School of Art and an MFA from Cambridge School of Art.

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Malcolm Kenwood


He is an experienced retired specialist police and private detective, investigating art and antique crime. Formerly the Recoveries Director for the Art Loss Register which operates an international commercial database of stolen cultural property.  He formed his own company and developed training programmes designed to educate law enforcement officers in all aspects of this area of criminal activity, undertaken in partnership with the Metropolitan Police Art and Antiques Unit at New Scotland Yard, London. He has lectured to police conferences, customs officers, auction house staff, museum employees, Interpol and FBI.

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Dr Neil Faulkner


Neil was educated at King's College Cambridge and Institute of Archaeology UCL. He works as lecturer, writer, archaeologist and occasional broadcaster and is a Research Fellow at the University of Bristol;  Editor of the Military History Monthly; Director of Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project; Director of the Great Arab Revolt Project; author of The Decline and Fall of Roman Britain, Apocalypse, Hidden Treasure, Rome: Empire of the Eagles, and The Ancient Greek Olympics: a visitor's guide. Neil is the author of forthcoming Lawrence of Arabia's War. Major TV appearances include Channel 4's Time Team, BBC2's Timewatch, Channel Five's Boudica Revealed and Sky Atlantic's The British.

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Christopher Rogers


Christopher read Geography at Oxford and taught Geography and was formerly Head of Geography at Downe House School Newbury. He became interested in country house architecture whilst at Oxford and has lectured on the subject ever since. He runs regular 5 day summer school courses for Marlborough College Summer School and lectures for the National Trust.

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Angela Findlay


Angela Findlay is a professional artist, writer and freelance lecturer with a long standing interest in the role the arts and the creative process can play in bringing about changes, on a personal level or within societies. Her long career of teaching art in prisons and Young Offender Institutions in Germany and England, followed by her role as the former Arts Coordinator of the Koestler Trust in London, gave her many insights into the huge impact the arts can have in terms of rehabilitation. She is currently advising the Ministry of Justice and presenting the case for the arts to be included in their new rehabilitation and education policies.

In the past decade Angela’s Anglo-German roots led her to discover and research Germany’s largely unknown but fascinating post-WWII process of remembrance. So completely different to the British one, the arts once again play a huge and vital role in expressing the apology and atonement that underlies the country’s unique culture of memorials and counter memorials.

Angela has a BA(Hons) in Fine Art, a Diploma in Artistic Therapy (specialising in colour) and her paintings are widely exhibited both nationally and internationally.

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