Historian and Chief Executive of English Heritage

Welcome to my website and thank you for looking. This site tells you a bit about me and what I have done over the last 25 years as an historian, archaeologist, curator, writer, broadcaster, museum director and heritage crusader – although not necessarily in that order. It also tells you a bit about the rest of my life.

This website links to a separate one about Clifton House where my wife Anna and I live. It is open to the public at certain times of the year and you would be most welcome to come and visit it.

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The Building of England

Cover of The Building of England by Simon ThurleyThe Building of England is my latest book – published 15 November 2013. This is the product of four years’ work, an attempt to write a narrative history of building in England from 410 up to the Second World War. It is aimed at the general reader, but I hope that scholars and students will find it of use too. There is a little bit more about the book on my Books page.

A.N. Wilson, The Evening Standard ‘A truly stupendous achievement… an instant classic’

Michael Prodger, The Sunday Times, ‘This is an impressive book – for its scholarship, for its easy didacticism, for the care with which Thurley has thought things through, and for its inclusiveness’