Peter T J Rumley is an art and architectural historian, and an analytical consultant archaeologist having completed his MA and doctorate at the University of Sussex and an MA at The Institute of Archaeology, University College London. He is a Fellow of The Society of Antiquaries of London and a member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists.
Peter specialises in the delivery of archaeology in driving the conservation of historic buildings. He was the National Trust’s consulting archaeologist on the conservation of Ightham Mote, Kent, then the Trust’s highest valued conservation project. Other Trust’s properties surveyed have included Sissinghurst Castle and Garden, Nymans and St John’s Jerusalem, as well as advising on castles and country houses for private clients; he is now a consultant to The Royal Household, and is engaged in a landmark archaeological and historic building survey of Buckingham Palace.
He is author of a number publications relating to historic building conservation, including the Society for The Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB), Technical Paper 17, The Conservation of Decorative Leadwork, and Plumbing Leadwork: Joints and Pipes, Paper 15. He also so contributed to English Heritage’s, Metals: Practical Building Conservation Series. He was a voluntary SPAB Guardian Committee Member for the full term of nine years. He supports the SPAB William Morris Craft Fellowship, Shelter and The War Memorial Trust.
He was a contributing author to the Atlas of Western Art History, 1994, co-author of two major Tate Gallery exhibition catalogues, The Paintings of William Coldstream, 1990, and Kenneth Clark: Looking for Civilisation, 2014. In March 2018 his important Catalogue Raisonné of Sir William Coldstream’s Paintings will be published.
Through the City of London Corporation and the Livery Companies he raised considerable funds required for the new ring of twelve bells at the company’s church, St Magnus the Martyr, London Bridge. He is a Freeman of the City of London and a member of the Bridge Ward Club. He is committed to keeping alive the traditional plumbing lead craft skills for historic building conservation, which are no longer taught by any organisation - the foundation and ancient craft of The Plumbers’ Company.
Peter is married to Bridget, a Fellow of the Institute of Charted Accountants, who has a demanding career with a major City investment bank. Her family held twelve Royal Warrants from Prince Regent in 1812 and George III, through to George V, when the business was sold. They met in St Mawes, Cornwall, where Bridget was born, and spend much time there, having been married in the beautiful and historic church of St Just-in-Roseland. They are both members of St Mawes Sailing Club, and Peter is a crew member of Helen Mary, a local Falmouth Working Boat. Apart from spending his life on the A303, he tinkers with his 1953 R-Type…
Back to Officers and Court