Jonathan Foyle

Architectural historian and non-fiction writer
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Dr Jonathan Foyle’s passion is architecture and the historic human environment. After a full architectural training and an MA at the Courtauld Institute, Jonathan worked on Canterbury Cathedral and then became Curator of Historic Buildings at Historic Royal Palaces for eight years: the early history of the Hampton Court was the subject of his Ph.D thesis in Archaeology, featured in a Meet the Ancestors Special on BBC2.

A passionate communicator on history, he is a seasoned public speaker who has taught for Cambridge University’s International Division and lectured in Britain, Europe, the US and Australia. He often draws to explain complex ideas clearly.

Over the last decade, his television career in Britain and the US as a spokesperson on architecture and cultural history has included many appearances for series such as Time Team, Meet the Ancestors and Lost Worlds. In 2008 he joined the presenters of BBC1’s The One Show and in 2009 presented a 2-part documentary for BBC4 on Henry VIII’s use of art and imagery, and is currently making a further series on the architecture of northern England. Jonathan is Chief Executive of World Monuments Fund Britain, the UK arm of a global charity which helps to secure imperilled sites for future generations.