Dr Anna Keay
Historian, Director of the Landmark Trust
Anna is the Director of the Landmark Trust, one of Britain’s leading building conservation charities. Since 1965 Landmark has been rescuing endangered historic buildings, carefully restoring them and offering them to all as remarkable holiday accommodation. Today Landmark has 198 extraordinary buildings, including castles, follies and cottages across Britain, and a handful in Europe. These special places are available to book for self-catering holidays costing on average less than £50 per person per night. The lettings income supports their maintenance and survival.
Anna is a writer, historian and curator, with a special interest in 17th-century British history. In November 2017 she presented Big Ben: Saving The World's Most Famous Clock, the first of several episodes covering the restoration and history of Big Ben. In March 2017 she co-presented a four-part TV series on Channel 4, Great British Buildings: Restoration of the Year, with Kevin McCloud. In 2015 Anna presented a six-part Channel 4 series exploring the Landmark Trust's tireless work to save buildings in danger of being lost forever Restoring Britain’s Landmarks.
Before joining Landmark, Anna was a curator at Historic Royal Palaces and a Properties Presentation Director at English Heritage. Born in the West Highlands of Scotland, Anna was educated at Oban High School in Argyll and Bedales in Hampshire. She read history at Magdalen College, Oxford and completed a PhD at the University of London.
Anna is married with twins and divides her time between King's Lynn and London. Read Anna's full biography here.