Margaret Knight

notes and letters
Magaret Knight Tours

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.

Margaret KnightI 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 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.

Spring and Autumn, 2018/19

Study Days and Series for 2018 and 2019 have been published on the Teaching page.

Notes for 'The Pilgrim Roads' have been published on the Notes and Letters page.

 Autumn tour 2018
September 26th - October 3rd 2018
Now book

The Field of Stars and the End of the World

For photographs of Galicia and some of the places we will visit please visit the Itinerary page.

Galicia tour image and dates

Galicia is perched at the extreme northwest corner of Spain facing both the Atlantic ocean and the Cantabrian sea. Finisterre, Cabo Fisterra, is the most westerly part of Europe and Estaca de Bares the most northerly part of Spain, to the south of Galicia is Portugal. This beautiful and diverse region, part of ‘Green Spain’, is distinctly different from the rest of the Iberian peninsula.

Culturally and geographically the region is astonishingly rich and varied. From the Castros of the Galleaci, the Roman Tower of Hercules and glass gallerias in A Coruña, exuberant churches in Santiago and Ourense and the Horreos scattered across the countryside to the Ribeira Sacra, the Cascada do Ézaro and Fisterra and the Costa da Morte. Santiago de Compostella has been a site of pilgrimage for over a thousand years but remains a vibrant and beautiful medieval town.

Galicia is physically and culturally different from the rest of Spain. Green rolling hills and valleys, a jagged Atlantic coast alongside brilliant art and architecture and its own language are all part of the unique character of this region.

For itinerary and booking information available click here

March 23rd - 30th 2019

the Via Emilia

Borgo d'Este

In 187 BC Rome completed a new road, the Via Aemelia running for 200 miles between Rimini and Piacenza and built new colonies along its length. The agricultural potential of the North Italian plain soon made it the most populated and economically important part of Italy, a status it has never lost.

In the 11th century the whole territory was ruled by the formidable Countess Matilda of Canossa who founded networks of monasteries which became centres of learning; trade, intellectual life and the arts flourished in the the cities of Emilia-Romagna and in 1088 the first University was founded at Bologna.

Despite subsequent attempts by popes and emperors to annex the region it remained independent, ruled by its local signori who were the founders of the great aristocratic houses, the Este of Ferrara, the Farnese of Parma and the Gonzaga of Mantua. From the 14th century their courts were cultural power houses and their patronage produced a wealth of magnificent architecture, theatre, painting and sculpture.

‘The Via Emelia’ will take you to some of the finest of these Medieval and Renaissance cities and to the treasures in their libraries and museums.

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.

Millennium Tours
Suite 67
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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