Cruise Ship Speakers

Architecture & its History
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Hugh Ellwood
Architectural Historian & Artist
Coming from: Lytham St. Annes,  Lancashire  UK
Hugh has devoted his life to architecture and the arts. He studied philosophy in Rome, followed by a degree in architecture at the university of Manchester. After graduation, he became a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. For 31 years he pursued a career as an architect with Building Design Partnership, the largest multi-discipline design organisation in the UK, and then 21 years as a partner in a practice. An accomplished architectural artist, his subjects are mainly buildings, the landscape and the relationship between the two.

Diane Fortenberry
Archaeologist & Ancient Art Historian
Coming from: London,    UK
Diane studied Classics at the University of Mississippi, and earned her PhD in Mediterranean archaeology from the University of Cincinnati before moving to London in 1990. She has excavated and surveyed in Greece and Italy at sites that include Pompeii, Corinth, Nemea and Pylos. Diane has lectured to diverse groups of non-specialists while living and working in Greece in the 1980s, speaking on Greek, Roman and Egyptian art, architecture and archaeology there and in Egypt, including both classroom-based lectures and escorted tours.

Ron Gatepain
Architectural Historian
Coming from: Lincoln,  Lincolnshire  UK
Ron is an Architectural Historian, a Chartered Surveyor, Chartered Builder, Chartered Building Engineer and a Corporate Building Surveyor. Having obtained 3 degrees he has worked in Construction, Property and Training and has been a visiting lecturer for a number of universities and colleges. Ron has written a number of books and is a Publishing Partner with the Encyclopaedia Britannica and contributes on Historic Sites & Buildings. Ron has travelled extensively in pursuit of his interest in history, particularly with regard to buildings, their construction and the influence they have had on civilisation and regularly gives talks on this as a guest speaker on cruise ships worldwide.

Dan Jones
Historian & Archaeologist
Dip Arch, MA, PhD
Coming from: Suffolk,    UK
Dan holds a PhD from University of East Anglia and is currently working on post-doctoral mediaeval material from Norwich. He has been a Member of Kent Archaeological Society since 1965 and has assisted in excavations, mainly on Roman and Mediaeval sites in UK and France since 1965. Dan is particularly interested in practical archaeology, ecclesiastical architecture and near-eastern ancient and classical history and talks on specific sites, or the general history of an area.

Tiiu Lukk
Journalist & Naturalist
Art, History, Natural History & Culture
Coming from: Santa Monica,  California  USA
Tiiu has served as an enrichment lecturer and a naturalist for more than 23 years. She has visited 119 countries throughout the world and has served on 8 different cruise lines, as well as a Smithsonian Journeys Expert on both land and sea. Her career has encompassed work as a journalist, a foreign correspondent in southern Africa for ABC News and the Washington Star, as a documentary filmmaker, and an author. Tiiu’s beautifully illustrated presentations focus on the history, culture, art, architecture, and natural history of destinations, so that passengers step ashore with more understanding and knowledge of their cruise destinations.

The Revd. Richard Martin
Destinations & History
Coming from: Oxford,  Oxfordshire  UK
Richard has been lecturing aboard ships for most of his professional life. He has a Master of Arts degree from Oxford University, as well as a Diploma in Biblical and Theological Studies from Oxford and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from London University. He taught English and History for 10 years at Harrow School before becoming Chaplain and Head of Theology at Magdalen College School, Oxford. Richard lectures on Destinations and historical subjects and also specializes in Art and Architecture in European, Baltic, Mediterranean and North and South Atlantic ports and destinations.

Sandra Millikin
Architectural & Art History
BA (Hons), Mphil (Art History)
Coming from: Uffington,  Oxon  UK
Sandra Millikin is an American who has lived in England for over 40 years. She was educated at Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, USA and at the Courtauld Institute in London where she studied under the famous English architectural historian Sir John Summerson. She was assistant Curator at the Royal Institute of British Architects Drawings collection, where she contributed to the catalogue of the collection which is now housed in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Sandra has given talks on architectural history world wide on cruise ships and particularly enjoys days at sea as she is also a keen bridge player. She has also acted as Bridge Director on cruises.

James Parry
Heritage, Art & the Environment
Coming from: tba,  Norfolk  UK
James lectures on a variety of subjects. For over fifteen years he has been a regular speaker on cruise ships, where he specialises in architecture, history and natural heritage. Recent cruises have seen James in the West Indies, South America and the Mediterranean, and in May 2018 he will be lecturing on Viking Sea from Bergen to Stockholm via Copenhagen, Gdansk, Tallinn and St Petersburg, during which his talks will focus on wildlife and conservation.

Justin Reay
Art & Naval History
Coming from: Oxford,  Oxfordshire  UK
After officer training in the Royal Navy and a long career in business, Justin studied the History of Art at Oxford University. He is Lectures Secretary for the Colloquium of Learned Societies at Oxford, and a tutor in art history. He is an advisor to museums and media companies, appearing in the PSB film ‘Anthem’. He is editor of Samuel Pepys’ papers at the Bodleian Library, has written about the Admiralty buildings in London and is editing a catalogue raisonné of maritime art. In his talks Justin introduces and interprets a rich variety of art and sheds new light on naval history.

Dr. Emma Roberts
History of Art, Design and Architecture
Ph.D.; BA (Hons)
Coming from: Chester,  Cheshire  UK
Born and raised in Wales, UK, Emma Roberts earned a BA (Hons) and a PhD at the University of Liverpool, England. Emma now heads the BA (Hons) History of Art course at Liverpool John Moores University, U.K., and lectures daily to students on all aspects of art and design. She also speaks regularly to other organizations and was, for several years, a regular visiting lecturer to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Emma is a frequent cruiser in her spare time.

John Sherlock
MA (Oxon)
Coming from: Horsham,  West Sussex  UK
John is a seasoned cruise speaker on architecture and its history, having worked with Swan Hellenic, Cunard, Voyages of Discovery and P&O. John has the knack of making his talks fun, even though there's a lot of content! When working at Windsor Great Park, he was selected to make a presentation to HM the Queen and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle.

Frank Weare
Architecture, World Heritage, Science & Technology
Coming from: London,    UK
Frank studied mechanical engineering in Bristol followed by a postgraduate diploma course at Imperial College London. During the last 30 he has lectured on architectural engineering, civil and structural engineering at the University of Westminster, being involved with architectural building design, construction and management. He has been involved with churches, cathedrals, both ancient and modern, industrial, commercial buildings and bridge structures. Since taking early retirement from the university he is now an independent consultant undertaking civil and structural engineering design work.

Danny Wells
Architecture & Garden History
Breathing Life into History
Coming from: Ashbourne,  Derbyshire  UK
Danny celebrates the history of Victorian and early 20th century Britain, an age of great dynamism, change and contrasts. He is a qualified history teacher and has an MA in Architectural History from Keele University. Born and bred in the East End of London, this has been the inspiration for much of his historical research and writing. Danny set up ‘Breathing Life into History’ in 2004 which now offers over 25 talks about “unlocking the past”, discovering, stimulating and creating a greater understanding of architecture, art, local history, literary heritage and social history.

David Winchester
Destinations and History
Freeman of the City of London
Coming from: Burnley,  Lancashire  UK
For over forty-four years David worked in the plastering industry, from apprentice through to college lecturer and international author. In 2010 he was made a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Plasterers, and given the freedom of the City of London. Whilst cruising with various cruise lines over the past 15 years, David has also developed a wealth of knowledge on many of the destinations he visited. His educational and enjoyable destination related and historical talks on subjects such as Castles and Cathedrals are delivered using PowerPoint with short film clips.

David Winpenny
Architectural & Garden Historian and Writer
Coming from: Ripon,  North Yorkshire  UK
David graduated in English at the University of Birmingham and has worked as a teacher and as a campaign co-ordinator and press officer for both central and local government. He now runs his own business as a writer, public relations consultant and lecturer. He is an accredited NADFAS lecturer. His fascination with architectural and garden history has always encompassed the odder and quirkier aspects – his recent book ‘Up to a Point’ is about pyramids from the 17th to the 21st century in Britain and Ireland.