To introduce myself, my working life has always been focused on inspiring people, intriguing buildings and beguiling landscapes.

When I discuss the present, I'm informed by the past and vice versa. I write about the achievements of determined, even forgotten, women and men, I celebrate and discuss architecture of quality, both old and new, while I have a particular liking for Utopian experiments and unlikely places.

One thing leads to another, unlikely connections emerge. That's the way my world goes round.

News 2020


Excellent Essex Old Street Publications (Sept. 2019)




Friends of St George's Gardens,  AGM (London WC1, 6 March, 19.00)

Wivenhoe Library; event within Essex Book Festival (11 March, 19.00)

Braintree Museum (24 March, 14.00)

Essex Record Office,  Chelmsford  (7 April, 10.30 and 14.00) bookable online via the ERO

Great Bardfield Historical Society, Friends Meeting House (16 April, 20.00)

Cambridge branch of the Sick Children's Trust, at Anstey Hall CB2 9LG, 11 May, 10.30 onwards.  

Also Maldon Bookshop (February date tbc), Tilty Archaeological & Local History Group (autumn)

Other writing

One in a BBC R3 series of five essays celebrating Essex,  recorded by each writer and broadcast spring 2020.

Commission in the Raangen programme for Lund Cathedral, Sweden. Essay around 'Hage', a walled public garden designed for development area in Brunnshog outside Lund by Norwegian practice, Brendeland & Kristoffersen. 2020.

Chapter on 'John Soane and the autobiography of houses'  in Lives of Houses (eds. Hermione Lee & Kate Kennedy, Princeton University Press, March 2020)

Contribution to Extinct: A Compendium of Obsolete Objects (Reaktion, 2020)

Also on Essex

Chapter:  'Plotlands to New Towns'  in Radical ESSEX (2018)

Contribution to New Town Utopia companion book (ed. Christopher E Smith, 2018)

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