Victoria and Albert Museum Tour
A Global Collection
The Islamic Gallery
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).
Alan Montgomery was born and raised in Scotland, but has spent most of his adult life in London. Having achieved an MA in Art History at Glasgow University, he worked for many years in the art world at both an international auction house and an antique dealer. In recent years he has returned to academia, achieving an MA in Classical Civilisation in 2011, and has recently completed a PhD in which he analysed eighteenth-century attitudes towards the ancient Roman world. In addition to his work for Context Travel, Alan also writes catalogue essays on Contemporary Art for a leading auctioneer. Elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland in 2017, he has just started work on a book inspired by his PhD research, which will be published by Edinburgh University Press in 2020.
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