Kew Gardens Tour
Different Lenses of History
Kew is easily reachable by London Underground. Included in your confirmation you'll find detailed instructions.
Tim Hochstrasser is Associate Professor of International History at LSE where he lectures on early modern European history, culture and political thought. He was educated and has taught at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford. He is particularly interested in the Enlightenment era of European Thought but believes that the relationship between events and ideas can only be fully understood by taking seriously the architecture, town planning, design, art history and music within any period. He tries to reflect this holistic approach to history in his writings and teaching. He has lived and worked in London for many years and regularly takes groups of students out on London walks and expeditions to galleries so that they can experience the material culture of history first hand.
Cindy Polemis is an art historian and an independent lecturer and tour guide. She has a B.A. in History from Oxford University and as a mature student, she graduated from Birkbeck College, London University with a B.A. and M.A. in History of Art. She spent many years as a radio producer and presenter for the BBC World Service. Since 2016 she has been an official guide at Tate Modern and Tate Britain and has lectured independently. Cindy has accumulated a wide range of art historical knowledge and loves to share her passion and enthusiasm for art with her audience in many different venues throughout London and beyond. She is also an accomplished cook, a sour dough bread baker and has many contacts in the artisan food and wine scene in London.
I am a prize winning newly qualified London Blue Badge Guide and a professional scientist, researcher, editor and lecturer. As a palaeontologist, I am an expert on fossils, prehistoric life including of course dinosaurs, and the natural world. I work actively with the London Museums and the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. I aim to specialise in giving tours in these areas, especially providing tours of the Natural History Museum, Science Museum, scientific London, and urban geology and I am happy to work with families and school groups. The BBG course has also ignited my passion for history, architecture and art and I am very happy to guide the key sites, museums and galleries of London. In addition, I have extensive knowledge of many out of town sites. Having spent the last 3 years living in the west of England, I am a qualified Bath City Guide and have been leading walking tours around the City for over a year, and also know the sites such as Salisbury, Stonehenge, the Cotswolds and Oxford very well and I am happy to show clients this wonderful region of England. Originally from Kent, I am also happy to lead tours to my home county. Finally as a Natural Scientist I have extensive experience leading field trips on the geology and landscape of Great Britain & Ireland.
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