An art historian, lecturer and curator. I live in Cheltenham.

I have a degree in Fine Art and the History of Art from King’s College, Durham (now the University of Newcastle), educational qualifications (Durham) and research degrees in art history (from the Universities of Birmingham and Bristol).

Work in the museum service at Bradford City Art Gallery was followed by my becoming Director of Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum in the 1970s. During my time at Cheltenham I initiated the setting up of the Gustav Holst Birthplace Museum for which we received a national award.

Having lectured and examined at various levels, I was also a member of several visual art committees.

As an artist I exhibited at the Young Contemporaries and have had one-man and group shows.

Throughout my professional life I have also been a parish priest – Gloucestershire and, latterly, in Oxfordshire.

My main research interests are, firstly, Lord Northwick and his art collecting and, secondly, the field of art collecting in nineteenth century Gloucestershire and Bristol.

I am a passionate supporter of provincial art galleries.