London City Tour
Architecture Through the Ages
Clare has lived and worked in London for over 25 years. After graduating with a Degree in Geography and a Masters Degree in Environmental Planning from Nottingham University, she worked as a town planner and urban designer in one of the most dynamic, diverse and probably most challenging cities on earth - London! Employed in both the public and the private sector, she specialised in regeneration policy guidance and the conservation and renewal of protected buildings and historic areas in several of London’s Boroughs. Before starting a family in the 1990’s, she travelled extensively throughout Africa and Madagascar, working as a volunteer on several self-help community projects. She has spent two years training to guide around London and now has the pleasure of telling London’s fascinating planning and architectural story to visitors, bringing her own personal insight into many of the city’s landmarks!
Sarah-Jane Kitching was born and brought up in London. She studied at Cambridge University and qualified as a doctor, working in the NHS initially in Gynaecology and latterly as a General Practitioner. Having gained a First in the History and Philosophy of Medicine as part of her medical training, she has now changed career to pursue her long-standing love of history and of London in particular. After two years of intensive study, Sarah-Jane qualified as a London Blue Badge Guide and was awarded Guide of the Year in 2012. She is passionate about the city she lives in with her family and loves to share its fascinating past and present with others.
Being an islander (originally from Sicily), it is not surprising that Helen’s key interest should be the study of Mediterranean archaeology, particularly understanding the development of island cultural identities in the context of early civilizations. She gained her PhD at the Institute of Archaeology, London, in 2005, and her dissertation covered the entire Mediterranean, from Gibraltar to the Levant, and from prehistoric to Roman times. Since 2006, Helen has been an Associate Lecturer and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Kent, and more recently a tutor at Birkbeck College. She has supervised research-led excavations in Italy, Greece, Cyprus, and Morocco, and has worked in British contract archaeology. Having lived in London for some fifteen years, and having worked as Senior Archaeologist for the Museum of London for five years, Helen has first-hand knowledge of the city’s archaeology and hidden history. She is the author of several reports for the Museum of London, including a popular booklet detailing the museum’s recent discovery of Shakespeare’s first theatre in London, Shoreditch. Helen currently shares her time between London and Berlin.
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