Caroline Stanford

Historian and Head of Engagement

Caroline has been Landmark’s Historian since 2000, combined from 2013 with the Head of Engagement role. Documentary research into Landmark’s buildings lies at the heart of her contribution to all aspects of Landmark’s work, feeding into understanding of its buildings and how to restore them. Caroline writes, speaks and lectures extensively about Landmark’s buildings to a wide range of audiences, and oversees Landmark’s outreach programmes and archives. She writes the Landmark History Albums, and gathers the libraries in Landmarks.

Caroline gained a First in Modern History from Jesus College, Oxford, before spending ten years in international marketing working for Unilever and RJR Nabisco, during which she took a part time MA in Early Modern History at Birkbeck. A further decade was spent living in Barcelona and Connecticut, and bringing up her three children. Buying a 15th-century church house prompted an interest in historic buildings, and led to an MSc in Historic Conservation, at Oxford Brookes. A Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, she has served on the committee of the Society of Architectural Historians.

Caroline loves art, music and theatre, and values them as much as historic architecture as sources to inform our understanding of the past and present. With Anna, she co-authored Landmark: A History of Britain in 50 Landmarks, and in 2004 edited Dearest Augustus & I: the Journal of jane Pugin. She has published numerous articles on Landmark’s buildings and is a regular specialist contributor on television and radio. Caroline has as many research interests as there are Landmarks. Some examples of her particular specialisms are Coade stone (Belmont), A W Pugin (The Grange), James Boswell (Auchinleck House) - and the histories of pineapples (The Pineapple) and rabbits (The Warren House) !

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