Dr Simon Thurley

Dr Thurley is a leading architectural historian, a regular broadcaster and was, for thirteen years, Chief Executive of English Heritage, the Government's principal advisor on the historic environment in England. Prior to joining English Heritage in 2002, he served as the Director of the Museum of London, the world's largest city museum. Between 1990 to 1997 he was the Curator of Historic Royal Palaces, the organisation is responsible for Hampton Court Palace, the Tower of London, Kensington Palace, the Banqueting House, Whitehall and Kew Palace.

Throughout his career Simon has been passionate about communicating English history. He is the author of more than ten books including The Building of England, his history of English architecture, and The Royal Palaces of Tudor England, the subject of his PhD taken at the Courtauld Institute. At Historic Royal Palaces, and later at English Heritage, he was responsible for major restoration projects - the most recent of which was the restoration of the Stonehenge landscape and the construction of a new museum there. At the Museum of London he led an exciting exhibition programme, inspiring people with a passion for the city. His television projects include, most recently, Heritage! the story of the heritage movement in Britain made for BBC4.

He is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London. He is also a Trustee of the British Library, of the Canal and River Trust and of the Society of Court Studies, an academic study group he helped to found 25 years ago. He is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and the Royal Historical Society. He is currently the Gresham Visiting Professor of the Built Environment.

Professor Simon Thurley continues his series on the Built Environment in the 2015/16 academic year entitled 'Power, Medicine, Genius and Destruction: Great London Buildings and their Creators, 1200 to 2000'.

Professor Thurley's previous lecture series are as follows:

2014/15 The Royal Palaces of England
2010/13 A History of English Architecture: 410 - 2013
2010 London and its Architecture
2009 Heritage and its impact on the way we live

All of Professor Thurley's past Gresham lectures can be accessed here.

Upcoming Lectures
Recent Past Lectures
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Saving the Twentieth Century

Dr Simon Thurley
Wednesday, 2 November 2016 - 6:00PM
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Tough Choices: Heritage or Housing?

Dr Simon Thurley
Wednesday, 7 December 2016 - 6:00PM
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Perfection or Pastiche? New Buildings in Old Places

Dr Simon Thurley
Wednesday, 1 February 2017 - 6:00PM
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The Value of Heritage and the Heritage of Value

Dr Simon Thurley
Wednesday, 8 March 2017 - 6:00PM
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Fifty Years of Conservation Areas

Dr Simon Thurley
Wednesday, 7 June 2017 - 6:00PM
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Rubens and London

Dr Simon Thurley
Monday, 13 June 2016 - 1:00PM
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The Five Catastrophes That Made London

Dr Simon Thurley
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 - 6:00PM
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Sir Christopher Wren: Buildings, Place and Genius

Dr Simon Thurley
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 - 6:00PM
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Set Square and Stethoscope: The Architecture of London's Medical Profession

Dr Simon Thurley
Wednesday, 9 March 2016 - 6:00PM
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Envy of Kings: The Guildhall of London and the Power of the Medieval Corporation

Dr Simon Thurley
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 - 6:00PM
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The Last Stuarts and the Death of the Royal Powerhouse

Dr Simon Thurley
Wednesday, 3 June 2015 - 6:00PM
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The Unwanted Rubens Painting: Crucifixion and a Game of Pass the Parcel

Dr Simon Thurley
Monday, 13 June 2016
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Landscape with St George and the Dragon: A Fascinating Painting with a Fascinating Story

Dr Simon Thurley
Monday, 13 June 2016
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Peter Paul Rubens, An Artist Diplomat

Dr Simon Thurley
Monday, 13 June 2016
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The Housing Crisis a Catastrophe that will rebuild London

Dr Simon Thurley
Wednesday, 11 May 2016
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The Blitz a Catastrophe that made London

Dr Simon Thurley
Wednesday, 11 May 2016
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The Railways a Catastrophe that made London

Dr Simon Thurley
Wednesday, 11 May 2016