Professor Judith Hawley


Judith Hawley is Professor of 18th Century Literature and Culture at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is a frequent contributor programmes on the BBC, including In Our Time, The Long View and Voices from the Old Bailey on Radio 4. 

Professor Hawley read English at Christ's College, Cambridge before completing a doctorate on Laurence Sterne's eighteenth-century comic novel Tristram Shandy at Lincoln College, Oxford. Her current research and teaching focuses on literature and culture of 'the long eighteenth century', including scientific literature.

She also works on the history of amateur performance and has staged an event exploring private theatricals at Chawton House, the library of women's literature located in the Hampshire manor house that once belonged to Jane Austen's brother, Edward Austen Knight.

Guy Holloway

Education & CULTURE

Guy Holloway is co-founder and Headmaster of Hampton Court House. He has worked with children and teenagers from a wide variety of backgrounds since the late 1980s when he was a volunteer with Save the Children.

Guy read English at Peterhouse, Cambridge, and has taught since in France and the UK – at all levels from Early Years through to A level and Oxbridge preparation. Over a teaching career of 25 years Guy has taught a wide range of subjects including psychology. 

He is a leading thinker with the National Education Trust, a lecturer at the Institute of Education’s London Centre for Leadership in Learning, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Eliana Houstoun-Boswall


Eliana had a French education from the age of four, culminating in the baccalauréat. She later studied Russian at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. before taking a postgraduate diploma in interpretation and translation at the prestigious ISIT (Institut Supérieur d'Interprétation et Traduction) in Paris. She has founded two independent schools: first the Harrodian School in Barnes and, latterly, Hampton Court House.

She believes passionately in a systematic approach to learning languages, helping her pupils to build up their knowledge of vocabulary and grammar in layers so that they can construct their own sentences and paragraphs.

Dr Paul O'Keeffe


Paul O’Keeffe is an author, historian, lecturer and actor. He read drama at the University of Manchester and was awarded his doctorate by the University of Liverpool.

His most recent book, Waterloo: the Aftermath was described by the Spectator as ‘a model of how narrative history should be written.’ The Washington Post critic wrote of it: ‘If you buy one book to mark this anniversary, buy this one'.

Paul is also author of three critically acclaimed biographies in a trilogy exploring creative genius. Some Sort of Genius profiles the novelist, critic and painter Wyndham Lewis; An Absolute Case of Genius the French sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska; and A Genius for Failure the nineteenth-century painter Benjamin Robert Haydon, which was short-listed for the William M. B. Berger Prize for British Art History.

Andrew Spira

Culture & Art

Andrew is the Programme Director for Fine and Decorative Art at Christie's Education. 

He graduated from the Courtauld Institute of Art before completing an MA in museum and gallery management at City University, London. He worked at the Temple Gallery, London (specialist in Byzantine and Russian icons), and as a curator at the V&A, where he specialised in 18th century British art.

He also specialises in Russian art. He published The avant-garde icon: Russian avant-garde art and the icon painting tradition in 2008. For 20 years he has been leading tours to cultural sites in western Europe, Russia, Armenia and Georgia. He has been Programme Director at Christie's Education since 2004.

Dr Jonathan Foyle

Architecture & ART

Jonathan is a historian, architecture writer and broadcaster. He is best known as the presenter of Climbing Great Buildings on the BBC; other programmes have included Meet the Ancestors, Time Team, County Secrets and People's Palaces. He has also written books on Canterbury and Lincoln cathedrals.

He was born in Market Deeping, Lincolnshire. It was cycling around the fenland villages as a boy that ignited Jonathan's passion for built heritage. He studied drawing at Lincoln Art College, in the shadow of the medieval cathedral, before moving to Canterbury School of Architecture and, later, the Courtauld Institute, where he read art history. Finally, he completed a PhD in 2002, winning the British Academy's Reckitt Prize.

Previous roles have included CEO of World Monuments Fund Britain, Curator of Hampton Court Palace and Assistant Surveyor of Canterbury Cathedral.