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Tour Directors

Our tours are led throughout by experts – both specialists in their fields and convivial hosts. Every year ACE welcomes a select band of new Tour Directors to its portfolio.

ACE’s specialists are hugely popular with our travellers. They range from classical musician and broadcaster Sandy Burnett, to soldier turned academic John Greenacre.

Harriet Allen portrait

Harriet Allen, MA, MSc, PhD

Geographer and Fellow and Director of Studies at Girton College, Cambridge...

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Meri Arichi portrait

Meri Arichi, MA, PhD

art historian and lecturer at SOAS

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Colin Bailey portrait

Colin Bailey, BA, PhD, FSA, FSAScot

art historian, former curator and university lecturer

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Mark Baldwin portrait

Mark Baldwin, MA, MSc, PhD

one of Britain’s most experienced speakers on WWII intelligence with a...

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David Bostwick portrait

David Bostwick, MA, PhD

lecturer and consultant on historic buildings of the 16th and 17th...

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Christopher Bourne portrait

Christopher Bourne, BA

Expert on the art and architecture on Belgium

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Jean Broadbent portrait

Jean Broadbent, BA

Jean is an expert on Ethiopia and Trustee of the Anglo-Ethiopian Society...

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Paul Brooke Barnes portrait

Paul Brooke Barnes, MSc, PhD

former strategic analyst at the Ministry of Defence and general secretary...

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John Bryden portrait

John Bryden, MA

international concert pianist and organist and classical music lecturer...

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Sandy Burnett portrait

Sandy Burnett, MA

a musician and broadcaster who enjoys a varied career embracing...

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Mark Corney portrait

Mark Corney, BA, FSA

archaeologist and Time Team presenter

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John Deathridge portrait

John Deathridge, MA, DPhil

A former organ scholar, graduate and postgraduate of Lincoln College,...

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Gerald Deslandes portrait

Gerald Deslandes, BA, MA

art historian and exhibitions director

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René Dessing portrait

René Dessing, PhD

art historian and director of the sKBL Foundation dedicated to Dutch...

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Mary Dicken portrait

Mary Dicken, MA, DipEd

former head of history at a leading Cambridge independent school

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Peter Exley portrait

Peter Exley, BSc

conservationist and ornithologist who works for the RSPB

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Robert Gore-Langton portrait

Robert Gore-Langton, BA

Working as a theatre critic for 25 years Robert has seen and reviewed over...

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John Greenacre portrait

John Greenacre, PhD

After careers in the British Army and th eacademic world John now lectures...

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Kevin Hand portrait

Kevin Hand, MSc, MIEEM

conservationist, ornithologist and environmental consultant

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Mark Hanger portrait

Mark Hanger, MA

graduate of Otago University, experienced botanist and ornithologist...

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Robert Hanson portrait

Robert Hanson, PhD

Composer and musicologist as well as a practicing musician

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Jeffrey Haworth portrait

Jeffrey Haworth

Architect for historic buildings

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Vivien Heilbron portrait

Vivien Heilbron

Shakespearean actress, Emmy nominee and honorary fellow of the Shakespeare...

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Juliet Heslewood portrait

Juliet Heslewood, MA

Author and art historian

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Peter Higginson portrait

Peter Higginson, PhD

expert in art history and consultant lecturer at Christie's, London...

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Charles Hind portrait

Charles Hind, MA, FSA

FSA, architectural historian, Visiting Fellow at Vicenza’s Centro...

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Clive Holes portrait

Clive Holes, FBA

Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford and Khalid bin Abdullah Al Saud...

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Robert Hulse portrait

Robert Hulse, MA

co-author of The Brunels' Tunnel and director of London’s Brunel Museum....

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Damian Kell portrait

Damian Kell

Historian specialising in mediaeval European history, professional actor...

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Kate Kennedy portrait

Kate Kennedy, MA, PhD

Fellow of Girton College and lecturer in the Music and English faculties....

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Philip Kenrick portrait

Philip Kenrick, MA, DPhil

classical archaeologist and author

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Marcus Kohler portrait

Marcus Kohler, BA

ecologist, ornithologist and horticulturalist who works in the UK, South...

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Alex Koller portrait

Alex Koller, PhD

lecturer in art history and architecture

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Lionel Laborie portrait

Lionel Laborie, PhD

Visiting researcher at Goldsmiths, University of London, concentrating on...

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Ayla Lepine portrait

Ayla Lepine, BA, PGDip, MA, PhD

art and architectural historian specialising in 19th and 20th century...

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Nick Lipscombe portrait

Nick Lipscombe, MSc

Napoleonic historian who specialises in the Peninsular War.

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Anna Maggio portrait

Anna Maggio

Specialist in the music and gastronomy of Italy.

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Dennis Marks portrait

Dennis Marks, BA Hons

broadcaster, filmmaker and writer

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Nigel Maslin portrait

Nigel Maslin, MA

historian, archeologist, and Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries

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Donald Maxwell portrait

Donald Maxwell

Operatic baritone, director and lecturer

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Jeremy Musson portrait

Jeremy Musson, MPhil

Architectural historian, writer and broadcaster.

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Elizabeth Newell portrait

Elizabeth Newell

author of “Albert Dock Liverpool”, guide and lecturer

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Annie Owen portrait

Annie Owen, BA

photographer, illustrator and printmaker

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Konstantine Politis portrait

Konstantine Politis, BA, DEA, MA, PhD

An Archaeologist who has directed several field projects on behalf of the...

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Mark Powell portrait

Mark Powell, BA, FRGS

writer and architectural historian

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Alan Powers portrait

Alan Powers, PhD

One of the UK’s leading architectural historians.

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Roland Randall portrait

Roland Randall, MA, MSc, CEnv, PhD

botanist and fellow of Girton College, Cambridge

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Julian Richards portrait

Julian Richards, BA, FSA

archaeologist and Meet the Ancestors broadcaster

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Peter Sharrock portrait

Peter Sharrock

Khmerologist and senior teaching fellow at SOAS

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Robert Simpson portrait

Robert Simpson, PhD

Astrophysicist at Oxford University.

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Ashley Solomon portrait

Ashley Solomon, HonRCM, ARAM

Chair and Head of Historical Performance at the Royal College of Music and...

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Martin Symington portrait

Martin Symington

author of the Dorling Kindersley guidebook to Portugal and the AA...

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Moira Tait portrait

Moira Tait, MA, FRAS

Archaeologist with interests in Paleolithic and Mesolithic Europe....

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Rose Walker portrait

Rose Walker, PhD, FSA

Dr Rose Walker is an expert in Mediaeval Spanish art.

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Nicholas Wearne portrait

Nicholas Wearne, BA, MPhil

Nicholas Wearne, BA (hons), MPhil (Oxon), an ACE Bursary student, holds a...

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Christopher Wellington portrait

Christopher Wellington, MA

historian, long-term resident of Piacenza and fluent Italian speaker...

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Roger White portrait

Roger White, MA, FSA

architectural and garden historian, former secretary of the Georgian Group...

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Niamh Whitfield portrait

Niamh Whitfield, MA, PhD, FSAScot, FSA

archaeologist and art historian specialising in mediaeval Ireland

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Andrew Wilson portrait

Andrew Wilson, BA, BD, FSAScot

specialist in archaeology and ancient history

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