Jonathan Foyle was brought up near Stamford, Lincolnshire. The area’s fine limestone buildings instilled a love of historic architecture which has driven his career. After studying Architecture, History of Art, and Archaeology at university, he worked on the conservation and presentation of historic sites such as Canterbury Cathedral and Stirling Castle and was Curator of Historic Buildings at Hampton Court for eight years.
Jonathan is Chief Executive of World Monuments Fund Britain, a charity raising awareness and funds for historic sites across the country. He lectures widely, has written many articles in newspapers and journals, and is author of a forthcoming monograph on Canterbury Cathedral (Scala, 2012), the first for thirty years. But he is best known as a broadcaster on architectural and historical themes, writing and presenting series such as Climbing Great Buildings (BBC2), Henry VIII: Patron and Plunderer (BBC4), People’s Palaces: Northern Civic Architecture (BBC4) ; and contributing to The One Show (BBC1) and Time Team (C4).
He is also Honorary Patron of the Heritage Skills Initiative for the North of England Civic Trust. His avowed favourite building happens to be Lincoln Cathedral, a testament to the enduring value of artistic imagination and the crafts that realize it.