Margaret Knight - Teacher and Traveller
Hello, I'm Margaret Knight, an art and cultural historian, teacher and cultural tour organiser based in London. I have been teaching for longer than I care to say, first in the art history departments of various polytechnics and then at the Victoria and Albert Museum where I developed the Adult Education programmes at the request of the Director Roy Strong. I devised the first Foundation Course for NADFAS and the first two of the very successful V&A Year Courses, ‘Medieval and Renaissance Art’ and ‘Art and Design since 1850’. Along the way I contributed to a number of books on art and design and acted as historical adviser to the drama units of the BBC and Channel 4 including "Mrs Brown". After leaving the V&A I was co-director of ‘The Course Studies’ for 15 years, planning and teaching a series of multi-disciplinary programmes.
I am now a freelance teacher specialising in study days and linked series of lectures that allow for an in-depth investigation of the subject. You can find details of my current and upcoming teaching engagements on the Teaching page, including programme information and contacts should youwish to book a place. If you are interested in my devising and teaching a lecture day or series for your art society you can contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please copy and paste this address into your email address bar.
I plan and teach cultural tours in association with Millennium Tours. The link to Margaret Knight Tours and other links on this page have information on my forthcoming programme and links to previous tours that you may find interesting and will give you a taste
of their range, content and quality. I am happy to plan and teach tailor-made trips for groups and parties.
My most recent tours have been to Le Marche, Calabria, Southern Dalmatia and Venice and you can view itineraries and information about them here.
New things for
Spring and Autumn 2016
The tour to Turin, Piedmont and Val d'Aosta is now booking. Click here or see below for details.
The tour to Calabria in Spring 2017 has been published. Full details can be found by clicking here or following the link below
New Study Days and Series for 2016 have been published on the Teaching page.
Notes for 'The Pilgrim Roads' have been published on the Notes and Letters page.
This year's Autumn tour
Turin, Piedmont and Val d'Aosta
Turin, situated at the foot of the Alps and bisected by the river Po, has been a power in Italy since the time of Imperial Rome. As the capital of the Savoy kingdom she became one of the most elegant cities in Europe with her arcaded streets and fine buildings. She was one of the first Italian cities to industrialize in the early 20th century and to adopt the new Art Nouveau architecture. The birthplace of chocolate confectionary and the Fiat 500 it is also the home of the Holy Shroud and Juventus football team and this once industrial city has blossomed into a stylish, culturally vibrant modern city.
Our tour, based in this exciting city, also takes you to the beautiful, ancient towns hidden in the valleys of Piedmont and the mountainous semi-autonomous region of Valle D’Aosta. We will explore the unique history of these lands in North Western Italy.
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Our 2017 tour of Calabria is now booking and details, including the full itinerary and booking information,
can be found here
or by clicking on the image below.
A tour to Friuli Venezia Guilia is in planning
for Autumn 2017
For all information and enquiries about planned tours, including printed brochures, booking forms and copies of the terms and conditions, or if you would like to be on the mailing list for future tours please contact Millennium Tours at the address below.
95 Wilton Road
London SW1V 1BZ
Tel. 020 8875 9863
Notes and Letters
Notes and Letters contains a continuing series of illustrated letters sent to my good friends Richard Box and Bill Barrow after holidays which usually double as scouting trips for possible tours. They are only slightly exaggerated descriptions of our encounters abroad and I hope you find them interesting and amusing. You will see that even when writing to a friend I can’t restrain myself from throwing in historical background. Once a teacher, always a teacher I suppose.
Click here to go to the Notes and Letters.
The series includes letters from Sicily, Puglia, Madrid, Emilia Romagna, Naples and Calabria, the oldest being at least 10 years old.
Lecture Notes and Self-guided Tours
You will also find selected notes from lectures including 'The Secret Language' on symbols in art , 'The Troubadours and the Courts of Love' and 'The Pilgrim Roads'.
You will also find two sets of self-guided tours to Rome and Sicily which you can download and print. There are five Roman to choose from, plus notes on the Sistine Chapel, as well as two easy trips out of town. Sicily is a 7 day introduction to the island with a possible two to three day extension.
I hope you enjoy my site and please come back soon.
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