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Meet the Arts & Culture Tours Experts 

When you visit another country, it is all too easy to tiptoe along its cultural periphery, never arriving at an understanding of a place beyond the bite-sized, second-hand overview in your travel guide. So, how can you delve deeper into your destination?

With Cox & Kings, the answer is simple. We put at the helm of our Arts & Culture group tours passionate guides who are experts in their field – whether it’s history, art or architecture. At every stage of your journey, these knowledgeable individuals are on hand to answer questions, regale you with tales and deepen your understanding.

Introducing: Cox & Kings’ Arts & Culture experts.

Rowena Loverance

Rowena Loverance is a Byzantine art historian, specialising in sculpture, mosaics and icons. She worked for more than 20 years at the British Museum and is a visiting research fellow at King’s College, London.

She accompanies groups on our Ravenna: Mosaics & Marbles and Treasures of the Caucasus: Georgia & Armenia tours. 

Dr Sally Dormer

Dr Sally Dormer is a freelance art historian and lecturer. She read history at the University of Durham, before gaining an MA in medieval art and a PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art. She is a course tutor and lecturer at the Victoria & Albert Museum and also lectures for the Art Fund and the Arts Society.

She accompanies groups on our Ravenna: Mosaics & Marbles tour. 

Dr Konstantine Politis

Dr Konstantine Politis has spent 33 years leading archaeological projects in Jordan, including three for the British Museum. He has published over 100 articles and five books on archaeology. Although Dr Politis specialises in the early Byzantine and Islamic periods, his expertise extends from prehistory through to Hellenistic and Roman times in the eastern Mediterranean.

He accompanies groups on our Ancient Jordan Uncovered tour. 

Dr Steve Kershaw

Dr Steve Kershaw has taught Classics in a number of establishments, and now works for Oxford University and the V&A Museum. He wrote and teaches Oxford’s The Fall of Rome online course and has been featured as an expert contributor on the History Channel’s Barbarians Rising series.

He accompanies groups on our Bay of Naples: Pompeii & Herculaneum tour.

Stephen Nelson

Stephen Nelson has extensive knowledge of Italy’s art, archaeology and architecture. He is a practising sculptor, his work has been shown at the Royal Academy and the Estorick Collection. He has also curated exhibitions, including for the British Council in Tanzania and Eritrea.

He accompanies groups on our Bay of Naples: Pompeii & Herculaneum tour.

Diana Driscoll

Diana Driscoll read ancient Middle East and Islamic studies at SOAS. She is an independent researcher who gives regular talks at the British Museum. Her area of expertise is the Islamic world: religion, history, culture and languages.

She accompanies groups on our Uzbekistan: The Golden Road to Samarkand tour. 

Dr William Taylor

Dr William Taylor is an expert in Ottoman and Orthodox studies, is also an Anglican priest and Chairman of the Anglican and Eastern Churches. His personal contacts guarantee special access to many monasteries and churches.

He accompanies groups on our Uzbekistan: The Golden Road to Samarkand and Treasures of the Caucasus: Georgia & Armenia tours. 

Lydia Bauman

Lydia Bauman is an art historian and professional artist with an MA in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art. She has lectured at the National Gallery and has wide experience of teaching the history of western art.

She accompanies groups on our St Petersburg: Pictures & Palaces tour. 

Andrew Spira

Andrew Spira graduated from the Courtauld Institute of Art before working at the Temple Gallery, London, and as a curator at the Victoria & Albert Museum. He was a programme director at Christie’s Education for 14 years and has led numerous cultural tours to Europe.

He accompanies groups on our St Petersburg: Pictures & Palaces tour.