Peter is an art and architectural historian, and a 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, Sissinghurst Castle and Garden, Nymans and St John’s Jerusalem. He advises on castles and country houses for a number of private clients and is now a consultant to The Royal Household, and is engaged in an 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.
In March 2018 his scholarly Catalogue Raisonné of Sir William Coldstream's paintings was published. 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.
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 Chartered 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.
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