Previous Speakers

Previous Historic House Guest Speakers


2019 Sue Biggs CBE, Director General The Royal Horticultural Society 

2018 Hilary McGrady, Director General, National Trust

2017 Dr Loyd Grossman CBE FSA, Chairman of the Heritage Alliance

2016 Sir Laurie Magnus, Chairman of Historic England

2015 Tracey Crouch MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport, Tourism and Heritage

2014 Simon Jenkins, Chairman of the National Trust

2013 Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum

2012 Loyd Grossman OBE, Chairman of The Heritage Alliance

2011 John Penrose MP, Minister for Heritage and Tourism

2010 Baroness Andrews OBE, Chair of English Heritage

2009 Dr Nicholas Penny, Director of the National Gallery

2008 Dame Liz Forgan, Chair of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund

2007 Ed Vaizey MP, Shadow Minister for Culture

2006 David Lammy MP, Minister for Culture

2005 Fiona Reynolds, Director-General of the National Trust

2004 The Rt. Hon. Estelle Morris MP, Minister for the Arts

2003 Dr Simon Thurley, Chief Executive of English Heritage

2002 Rt. Hon. Baroness Blackstone, Minister of State for the Arts

2001 Mr Alan Britten, Chairman of the English Tourism Council

2000 Sir Neil Cossons OBE, Chairman of English Heritage

1999 Mr Martin Drury, Director-General of the National Trust

1998 Dame Jennifer Jenkins DBE, Chairman, Advisory Panel, Heritage Lottery Fund

1997 The Rt. Hon. Chris Smith MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

1996 Mr Nicholas Serota, Director of the Tate Gallery

1995 Sir Angus Stirling, Director General of the National Trust

1994 Mr Simon Jenkins, A former editor of “The Times”

1993 HRH The Prince of Wales

1992 The Lord Rothschild, Chairman of the National Heritage Memorial Fund


Previous Historic House/Savills Lectures


2019 The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, Highclere Castle

2018 Michael Ellis MP, Minister for the Arts, Heritage and Tourism, Norman Hudson OBE, Chairman, The Country Houses Foundation, Sheila Charrington, Chairman, Invitation to View, Alfonso Pallavincini, President, European Historic Houses Association and Earl and Countess of Devon, Powderham Castle

2017 Jonathan Ruffer, Chairman of Auckland Castle Trust, Eleven Arches and Ruffer LLP and Julie Kenny, Chair of Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust

2016 William Parante, Welbeck Abbey

2015 Bettany Hughes, The award-winning historian, author and broadcaster

2014 Jean-Charles and Alexander Vogue Vaux le Vicomte

2013 The Earl of March and Kinrara

2012 The Duke of Buccleuch and Queensbury KBE DL

2011 The Marquess of Douro

2010 The Marquess of Cholmondeley

2009 The Earl of Derby

2008 James Knox, Saving of Dumfries House

2007 The Duke of Devonshire

2006 The Duchess of Northumberland, The Alnwick Garden

2005 Giles Waterfield, Independent curator and writer

2004 Sir Max Hastings, Journalist and author

2003 Mr Simon Jenkins, Former Editor of “The Times”, writer and journalist

2002 Dr Jan Woudstra, Landscape Conservation and Design/Innovation, “Conflict or harmony?”

2001 Mr Christopher Lloyd, Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures

2000 Mr Kit Martin, Dereliction or a new beginning. Several Spectacular Houses

1999 Professor Alistair Rowan, An 18th Century Legacy: Problems and Solutions

1998 Dr Tom Williamson, Archaeology and The Country House

1997 Mr George Ferguson BArch RIBA, Aspic and Aspirin: A creative and good humoured approach to the constraints and headaches of historic building ownership