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Francesca grew up in West Wales, but coming from a long line of Londoners she soon found herself living and studying in the capital. She completed both her BA and MA at the Courtauld Institute of Art, specialising in Aesthetic Movement art and interiors. Whilst studying, she kept herself busy running the family events programme at Westminster Abbey and volunteering on the education programme at Dulwich Picture Gallery. After graduating in 2008, she went to work at the Royal Academy of Arts organising visits to historical properties and collections in and around London. Since 2013, she has lectured on the history of interior design at KLC School of Design. She also works as a gallery educator, planning and delivering workshops that engage young people in the visual arts. She has written widely on exhibitions and private collections, with a recent focus on producing art history learning resources.
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.
Maurizio is originally from Cortona, Italy. He studied as an interpreter and continued on with a second University Degree in Languages and Visual Arts in Siena (with Honours). He worked as teacher, interpreter and guide in Italy until 1990 the year when he settled in London. Since then he qualified as a Blue Badge Guide and City Guide. He receive a third University Degree in Philosophy and Theology University of Louvain (Belgium) London campus (Allen Hall). He attended visual arts courses at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate Gallery and City Lit. He has become an Art Expert for Tate Galleries. Alongside with his guiding, he is also tutoring and lecturing for the Tate Galleries and the Institute of Tourist Guiding (History of Art).
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