Philippa is an Oxford educated historian with specialist training in Art History. A qualified teacher with over 15 years experience as a resident guide and teacher at Dulwich Picture Gallery. For the last two years she has been on an intensive course learning about this great city. A Londoner all her adult life, she enjoys all aspects of the city, from the architecture to the food markets, from the parks and riverside walks to the galleries and city churches. Her particular interests are the quirkier, less well-known places which only a long standing Londoner gets to know.
An amateur urbanist, Sophie has spent more than a decade exploring and falling in love with cities around the world. She spent her student years in Dublin and left with a BA in English Literature and History from Trinity College. From there she headed off to the City of Light, where she did an MA in Paris Studies at the University of London in Paris and started working for Context. Her work on 19th-century Paris was the beginning of her passion for city planning, and her MA thesis on the relationship between the French capital and Algeria sparked an interest in immigration and its impact on cities and urban issues. After a couple of years in the southern-hemisphere cities of Melbourne and Wellington, Sophie moved back to the UK and is enjoying applying everything she’s learned about cities to her research into London’s urban history.
Lawrence travelled and excavated extensively in Israel, Jordan and Egypt before attending the University of Durham where he studied archaeology. He specialised in ancient human remains during his Masters' at Liverpool University Medical School, followed by a year of travel and excavation in the UK and Africa. He won a scholarship to attend University College London, where he wrote his Doctorate on ancient populations of the Western Mediterranean basin and the Canary Islands. He currently lectures at Birkbeck College, University of London. He carries out research at London's Natural History Museum and spends several months each year working on a major archaeological project in Peru. He is also connected with excavations in Egypt, Bolivia, California, Sierra Leone, Ghana, and Spain, where he works with a forensic unit recovering the fallen from the 1936-1939 Spanish Civil War. In addition to his research, he has interests in the classical world, ancient Assyria, geology, palaeontology, twentieth century art history and the history of London.
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