Our Trustees

Current (2021-24) members of Council

  • President : Martin Millett, DPhil, FBA

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    Professor Martin Millett  is an archaeologist with extensive experience of fieldwork, excavation and publication of projects in the UK, Spain, Portugal and Italy. He works on the social and economic archaeology of the Roman World, and the application of survey methods in archaeology. He has also worked on landscapes and sites of a variety of periods in the UK. In addition to his academic work he has wide experience of service in the voluntary sector and in senior university management. He has previously served as secretary of the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland, assistant editor and editor for the Royal Archaeological Institute (the Archaeological Journal), chair of the publications committee for the CBA and for the British School at Rome, and as the chair of Antiquity Publications Ltd. He was the Director of the Society of Antiquaries (2001-7) and its Treasurer (2007-11). He was vice-president of the British Academy (2010-14) responsible for the overseas schools and institutes. From 2014 to 2018 he was Head of the School of Arts and Humanities at Cambridge, managing c. 250 academic staff across 8 major Departments. In this role he was part of the university’s senior management team, engaged amongst other things in the University’s £2billion fund-raising campaign.

  • Director : John Cooper, DPhil, FRHistS

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    Dr John Cooper is an early modern historian, working mainly on Britain and Ireland with an additional interest in early colonial America.  He has published books on Tudor royal propaganda and the Elizabethan statesman Sir Francis Walsingham (the latter serialised for BBC Radio 4), and co-edited books on the arms and armour of Henry VIII and the political culture of Parliament.  Since 2013 John has been investigating the architecture and soundscape of St Stephen’s Westminster, the royal chapel which became the first permanent meeting-place of the House of Commons, in projects funded by the AHRC in collaboration with the UK Parliament.  He is an editor of the journal Parliamentary History, and co-investigator of the ‘Henry VIII on Tour’ project exploring Tudor royal progresses in collaboration with Historic Royal Palaces.  He co-curated the Society’s ‘Blood Royal’ exhibition in 2017, and was guest curator of the 2021 exhibition ‘Henry VIII: Defender of the Faith?’  John is currently Reader in Early Modern History at the University of York.  He lives in North Yorkshire.

  • Honorary Secretary : Heather Sebire, PhD, MCIfA, FSAScot

    Email: [email protected]

    Dr Heather Sebire is an archaeologist with a particular interest in prehistory. She has been part of the curatorial team at English Heritage since 2007 and is currently Senior Historic Property Curator for Stonehenge working with all the sites held in guardianship in the Stonehenge and Avebury and associated sites World Heritage site. Heather is currently Honorary Secretary of the Society of Antiquaries of London of which she is a Fellow, and a former Council member of the Prehistoric Society and the Royal Archaeological Institute. She is also a member of the Scientific Committee of the ‘Paysages des mégalithes’ project to inscribe the many sites at Carnac in Brittany, France as a  World Heritage site. Current personal research interests include the Neolithic period focussing on megaliths along the Atlantic façade and the history of archaeology. Heather has published many journal papers and several books on many aspects of archaeology and heritage management.

  • Treasurer : Stephen Dunmore, OBE, BA

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    Stephen Dunmore is currently Chair of Royal Voluntary Service, a member of the National Preparedness Commission and a Trustee, Chair of the Policy Committee and Treasurer at the Society of Antiquaries. Previous executive roles include Inspector of Ancient Monuments and Historic Buildings, Director of Regeneration, Transport and Planning in the Government Office for Merseyside, and Chief Executive of the New Opportunities Fund/ Big Lottery Fund, the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund and most recently the Fundraising Regulator.

    As a non-executive, Stephen has chaired Capacitybuilders (an ALB), National Family Mediation and the BBC’s Charity Awards Advisory Committee.

  • Vice-President : Samantha Lucy, PhD

    Dr Sam Lucy is an archaeologist specialising in later Roman and early medieval Britain. Formerly University Lecturer at the University of Durham, and now Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge, her research interests include the expression of social and cultural identities, particularly in Romano-British and early medieval cemeteries, and the integration of stable isotopic analysis and other scientific and analytical techniques in their interpretation. For many years she has worked with the Cambridge Archaeological Unit to publish a series of major developer-funded excavations, as well as bringing a series of older excavations to final publication. Her work on the Roman settlement and cemeteries at Mucking, and on the major early medieval cremation cemetery at Spong Hill with Catherine Hills, is prompting major reconsiderations of the chronology of the fifth century and implications for the transition from Roman Britain. She is currently working on the publication of the early medieval cemeteries at Bamburgh in Northumberland and Burnham Market in Norfolk. Alongside her archaeological work, she has been Admissions Tutor for Newnham College since 2009, and Director of Admissions for the Cambridge Colleges since 2016, coordinating admissions policy and practice.

  • Trustee : Timothy Schroder, MA, DLitt

    Dr Timothy Schroder is a historian and lecturer on silver and goldsmiths’ work. Previous roles include head of silver at Christie’s, Curator of Decorative Arts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and a Consultant Curator at the V&A. He is currently President of the Silver Society, a trustee of the Wallace Collection and a member of the Fabric Commission of Westminster Abbey. He has served two non-consecutive terms as Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company. Publications include British and Continental Gold and Silver in the Ashmolean Museum (2009) and ‘A Marvel to Behold’, Gold and Silver at the Court of Henry VIII (2020).

  • Trustee : Emily Cole, BA, MA, DPhil

    Dr Emily Cole is an architectural historian who since 1999 has worked at English Heritage/Historic England. She was for many years the Head of the Blue Plaques Team, and is now a Senior Architectural Investigator and (Joint) Lead Professional for Architectural Investigation, based in Cambridge. Emily has a particular interest in buildings with royal associations. She is an expert on 16th– and early 17th-century royal progresses and her DPhil focused on state apartments in Elizabethan and Jacobean country houses. In more recent years, Emily has also been studying 20th-century public houses, now a highly threatened building type. Emily is the editor of A Concise History of Architectural Styles (London, 2002) and Lived in London: Blue Plaques and the Stories Behind Them (New Haven and London, 2009), and co-author of Apethorpe Hall: The Story of an English Country House (New Haven and London, 2016). She is a former committee member of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, the Attingham Society and the Society for Court Studies.