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Lecturers

 

 

Nina Cahill  MA

Nina is an art historian with a museum and university background.  She has worked in museum education for several years as well as gaining curatorial and research experience at the renowned art museum Hamburger Kunsthalle in Germany.  She went on to work at the University of Kassel, Germany, where she taught European Art History spanning a period from 1200 – 1800.  Since moving to London in 2014 Nina has combined two of her passions, art and teaching, by working in adult education.

Frances Boardman  BA, Cert Ed

Frances spent several years working and travelling throughout the Middle East having studied Egyptology with Coptic Studies at Durham University. Since retiring from mainstream teaching she has continued to lecture to both adult classes and Cruise audiences.

Dr Adrian Eckersley  MA (Cantab), PhD (London)

Dr Adrian Eckersley was educated at Brentwood School, Cambridge and London Universities. He has taught literature and cultural history to adults in Further and Higher Education for over 35 years. His teaching is founded on a strong belief that reading is as much a creative act as writing, and deserves our closest attention. As well as teaching, Adrian has had a career as dramatist and essayist and, more recently, as a landscape and cityscape painter, with six solo shows around Essex and London.

Lydia Goodson  BA, MA

Lydia is an art historian, specialising in the art and material culture of the Italian Renaissance. Lydia holds a BA in Renaissance History from the University of Warwick and an MA in Art History from the University of Sussex. She is currently based at The Warburg Institute in London where she is working on her PhD thesis on ‘Artistic Patronage in Renaissance Umbria’.

Margaret Mills  BA, MA

Margaret has taught History and English Literature in Higher and Adult Education for many years, including teaching for the Workers’ Educational Association. She has a BA (Hons) Degree in Humanities and an MA in Education. Her articles have been published by the Brontë and Jane Austen Societies. She gives history and literature-based talks to many organisations and participates in book reviews and "Essex Tales" slots for Phoenix Community Radio. Her teaching includes change and development of Essex country houses, the lives and times of famous 19th century historical and literary figures, 18th/19th century history in art and 19th century novels.

Margaret Mitchell  BA Natal, MA Oxon

For many years Margaret enjoyed teaching A Level English at the Brentwood Adult Education Centre, and coaching youngsters who wanted to improve their grades. She is now semi-retired and spends time watching birds, butterflies and dragonflies and reading poetry and prose.

Ian Porter  BA (Hons)

Ian Porter has a history degree from the University of Birmingham, where he was also awarded the Chancellor's Prize for outstanding contribution to the university. He is a history researcher, lecturer, public speaker and walks guide in London, specialising in 19th and early 20th century history in general and women's history in particular. Ian is also a historical novel writer having written books set in the diverse worlds of Jack the Ripper, the Suffragettes, and the East End Home Fronts of London and Berlin during the Spanish Flu pandemic.

Dr Maria Razumovskaya PhD, FHEA, MMus, BMus

Described as a ‘virtuoso story-teller of the piano’ (Le Courrier), Dr Maria Razumovskaya performs internationally including live radio broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, and has released critically acclaimed recordings.  Recent writings include a monograph on the legendary Russian pianist-pedagogue Heinrich Neuhaus (Boydell & Brewer), book chapters and articles for academic journals as well as the wider press, including BBC Music Magazine.  She is a Steinway Artist, professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and a lecturer at the City Literary Institute in London.

Dr Maria Razumovskaya  PhD, FHEA, MMus, BMus

Described as a ‘virtuoso story-teller of the piano’ (Le Courrier), Dr Maria Razumovskaya performs internationally including live radio broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, and has released critically acclaimed recordings.  Recent writings include a monograph on the legendary Russian pianist-pedagogue Heinrich Neuhaus (Boydell & Brewer), book chapters and articles for academic journals as well as the wider press, including BBC Music Magazine.  She is a Steinway Artist, professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and a lecturer at the City Literary Institute in London.

Denis Sheppard  BA (Hons)

After retiring from the Police in 2004 as a Chief Superintendent, Denis retrained as a Secondary School Teacher of History. Having taught full time in Secondary Schools, he moved into Adult Education, teaching GCSE and A Level. In recent years, he has focused on developing and delivering short courses on a range of historical topics, supported by the use of multimedia, which he delivers to various groups across Essex. Denis is interested in history of all periods, from international, national and local perspectives, focusing particularly on how the past impacts on how we think and live today. His aim is to inform, entertain and to encourage lively debate.

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