Dr James Legard
James read history at Oxford, before completing a master's degree focusing on the culture and politics of the court of Louis XIV. After working for some years in educational consultancy, he decided to return to his lifelong passion for architectural history, writing a PhD thesis at the University of York on the design and construction of Blenheim Palace. At York he won the Nuttgens Prize and a Doctoral Fellowship. He has worked at the National Gallery, taught at the University of Edinburgh, and is an architectural historian at Simpson and Brown, one of the UK's leading conservation practices.