Barbara Peacock, MA, FRSA establised Wessex Fine Art Study Courses in 1982 since when she has led numerous very successful tours throughout Britain and Europe. Her aim is to provide a programme appealing to anyone wishing to develop their knowledge in these areas, either simply out of interest or for professional reasons.
What differentiates WFASC tours from others?
Barbara is an architectural historian and is in demand as a lecturer both in Britain and abroad for organisations such as the National Trust, the Art Fund and the Arts Society. Her particular interest is in the art and architecture of the country house and its associated landscape or garden setting and this has led to extensive travel throughout Britain and the Continent and, in particular, to research into the great houses of Bohemia and Moravia (Czech Republic) which has one densest concentrations of great houses in Europe. In 2007 she co-founded the charity Friends of Czech Heritage and in 2015 she was awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award by the Czech government for her work in the country. She was formerly Assistant Keeper in the Department of Fine Art at Birmingham City Art Gallery and Adult Education Tutor in Fine Art at Southampton University.
Specialist historians join the tours to share their knowledge and insights in support of the events. Current and past specialists include:
- Thomas Abbott MA, art historian
- Professor Timothy Mowl, architectural & garden historian
- Mavis Batey, MBE, garden historian
- Emeritus Professor J Mordaunt Crook, architectural historian
- Christopher Dingwall, Bsc, MA, garden historian
- John Harris, OBE, architectural historian
- Michael Hill, FSA, architectural historian
- Dr David Jones, furniture historian
- Professor David Watkin, architectural historian
- Dr Tom Williamson, landscape historian
- Emeritus Professor J Wilton-Ely, architectural historian.