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Digby Hague-Holmes is a retired Army Colonel. He is a qualified linguist in Russian and French, and an active member of Elgar and Puccini Societies. He spent two years in Italy researching mural decoration at Pompeii and Herculaneum, and was employed by the Duke of Wellington at Stratfield Saye.

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Michael Howard is a Senior Lecturer in the School of the History of Art and Design at the Manchester Metropolitan University, where he teaches both academic and studio-based students. He has published widely on European art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, his books include: L. S. Lowry: A Visionary Artist. (he also worked on the film on the artist that acts as an introduction to the artist's life and work at the Lowry Centre); The Impressionists by Themselves; The Stations of the Cross / The Captive Figure and the award-winning dramatic interpretation and publication of material originally performed by the Zurich-based Dadaists of 1916: A New Order: An Evening at the Cabaret Voltaire. He was commissioned to write a personal guide to the Manchester Art Gallery, Upclose, which was published in 2002. He has just finished a book on Monet for the Musée Marmottan. Michael is a practising artist, he has exhibited at the RA, and represented the U.K. at last years festival of the Arts in Varna, Bulgaria. His work is represented in the Manchester Art Gallery and in many private collections here and abroad. Michael has appeared on television and radio many times and in 2004 he and his wife, the artist Ghislaine Howard, worked the film Degas and the Dance which has awarded one of the prestigious Peabody awards.

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Linda Smith is an art historian with a broad range of knowledge and a special interest in British art, and the art of the twentieth century. She delivers illustrated talks, presentations and study days on a variety of art history topics and has taken on various types of assignment at a wide range of venues, including cruise liners, public galleries, secondary schools, and private art societies in the UK and overseas. She is an accredited NADFAS lecturer and an experienced gallery guide, especially at the Tate Britain and Tate Modern in London, where she works as a Guide and Lecturer.

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Janusz Karczewski-Slowikowski, a NADFAS member since 1982, is an antique dealer and freelance lecturer in English furniture history. He has lectured for over 30 years throughout Britain, Europe and Australia, giving particular consideration to the aesthetic, craft and socio-economic aspects of fine furniture.

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Anthea Streeter studied the Fine and Decorative Arts in London and continued her studies at Harvard University.  It was while at Harvard, where there was great enthusiasm for American Design, that she became interested herself in 20th Century architecture.  Since returning from America she has taught on courses in Oxford and London, lectured on the Country House Course in Sussex, and for several private groups around the country.

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Steven Desmond is an independent landscape consultant specialising in the conservation of historic parks and gardens in Britain and Europe. Beginning as a professional gardener, he lectured for 15 years at Colleges of Horticulture in the north of England before embarking on a solo career. His time is now divided between advisory work on historic gardens for clients such as the National Trust, lecturing for a range of organisations including the Universities of Bristol and Oxford as well as NADFAS, and leading specialist tours of historic houses and gardens in Britain, Ireland, France, Germany and Italy. He broadcasts on his subject for BBC Radio 4 and writes for Country Life. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Horticulture and a Professional Associate of the Royal Horticultural Society.

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A polymath whose intellectual fields of expertise include a deep knowledge of the history and literature of the Tudor and Restoration periods, Charles Beauclerk is heir of the family of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, and has played a prominent role in promoting the Oxfordian theory that his ancestor wrote the works of William Shakespeare. Beauclerk regularly lectures on Shakespearean subjects in the United States.

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James Taylor was the curator of paintings and drawings at the National Maritime Museum where he organised exhibitions and galleries. He is a consultant to various shipping lines and lectures on cruise ships. As a NADFAS lecturer, he gives illustrated talks on the voyage of the Beagle and also the shipboard artists, Augustus Earle and Conrad Martens, who were paid for by Commander FitzRoy to paint the people and places they encounted.

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Denise Heywood is a lecturer, journalist, author and photographer. She has lived in Paris, New York and, most recently, in Cambodia where she worked as a journalist for three years. Now based in London, Denise has lectured all over Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and parts of Europe. She is a lecturer for NADFAS and for the British Museum on their Asian Art Course, and has taught courses at the University of Cambridge. She has recently written a book on the Buddhist temples of Laos, Ancient Luang Prabang, and has just completed one on Cambodian dance, Cambodian Dance Celebration of the Gods. Denise writes for many art, literary and travel publications, and has made radio programmes for the BBC. She leads art tours to Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and France and lectures on cruise ships sailing throughout Asia and the Mediterranean.

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Elizabeth Gordon is both art historian and musician. She lectures on art and music for NADFAS, the National Gallery and V&A. She also lectures in the USA, most frequently at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Elizabeth's hobby is singing, and for many years she sang in the Bach Choir. She will be sharing her love and knowledge of Sicily, Assisi, Venice, Vivaldi and Kings College Cambridge.

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Tom Duncan was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, where he studied History of Art and Ancient History & Classical Archaeology. He then studied for his Masters in the United States, and moved to England in 1984 to complete his Ph. D. For many years he taught at University level, and now lectures widely to heritage and artistic organisations, nationally and internationally.. He also leads tours to his major areas of interest, the architecture and archaeology of Ireland and the Mediterranean basin.

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Nicole Douek is a freelance lecturer at the British Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. She lectures to a number of archaeological and historical societies as well as to the University of the Third Age. She has been involved in excavations at Memphis with the Egypt Exploration Society and has made several television programmes on Ancient Egypt.

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