Olivia Horsfall Turner

Olivia Horsfall Turner is an architectural historian who is fascinated by the connections between people, ideas and places.

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Name
Dr Olivia Horsfall Turner
Expertise
Architectural Investigator

Her curiosity about architecture was ignited by childhood walks around the beautiful buildings of Greenwich. Having read history and art history at Cambridge University, Olivia received a scholarship to Yale University, where she undertook a Masters degree in the History of Art Department. She received her PhD from University College London.

The appeal of exploring the unbuilt is what it reveals about ingenuity and imagination.
Dr Olivia Horsfall Turner

Her particular passions are churches and seventeenth-century British architecture. For her, the appeal of exploring the unbuilt is what it reveals about ingenuity and imagination.

In addition to her research, she lectures and teaches, and has worked at the National Portrait Gallery and at the Yale Center for British Art. She has written and published about a wide variety of buildings and objects - from medieval to modern and from paintings to pubs.

Olivia is an Investigator at English Heritage, and is currently an Historian for the Survey of London.