Cruise Ship Speakers

Antiques & Collectibles
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Amanda Knowles
Antiques, Furniture & Architecture
Furniture & Antiques Restoration
Coming from: Kingsnorth,  Ashford  UK
Amanda Knowles graduated from Rycotewood College, Thame, Oxfordshire in the late 1970ís and opened her own cabinet making and restoration business in the Lake District. Her fascination with everything antique encompasses not only the design and making of furniture and furniture restoration to the history of furniture, architecture and its history all the way up to modern design principles. This gives an eclectic breadth to the types of talks and presentation Amanda is able to cover.

Nicholas Merchant
Art Historian
NADFAS Lecturer on the Decorative and Fine Arts
Coming from: Harrogate,  North Yorkshire  UK
Nicholasís career has mirrored his abiding interest in antiques. He has worked for some of the major auction houses in London and in the provinces as well as running his own successful reference book business, devoted to the Decorative and Fine Arts, with which he exhibited in Europe and America. His particular interest is English 18th century furniture and country houses. However, his interests are broad and he likes to discuss the art and artefacts in their historical context.

Anthony Terry
Maritime History & Antique Cartography
Former Diplomat - South America, Caribbean & Pacific
Coming from: London,    UK
Anthony is a former officer of the Diplomatic Service with extensive experience of South America in a variety of roles covering political, intelligence, economic and commercial issues. His other overseas experience includes Cuba, Chile, Kenya, Guatemala and the former Yugoslavia. He makes annual visits to Chile in connection with his map business and related research, and since 2007 has lectured regularly on cruise ships on the subject of early voyages and antique cartography.

David Unwin
Maps & Climate Change
Coming from: Maidwell,  Northamptonshire  UK
David Unwin is Emeritus Professor in Geography at Birkbeck, University of London, who writes and lectures in climatology and geographical information science. In his academic career he was the author or editor of a dozen academic texts and over a hundred scientific papers. David offers two series of talks. In The Joy of Maps he explains his life-long fascination with maps and map making. In Making Sense of Climate Change he outlines how we know climate changes, what we know about past climates, and what causes our climate to change.

Dr. Lori Verderame
Art & Antiques Appraiser, TV Personality
World Historian & Viking Resident Historian
Coming from: Trumbauersville,  Pennsylvania  USA
A lively, educated, and entertaining speaker, Dr. Lori Verderame is an award winning TV personality, world history and art/architectural history expert, and highly sought-after keynote speaker on land and at sea. A Connecticut native and longtime resident of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Dr. Lori earned her Ph.D. in World Art and Architectural History from Pennsylvania State University, PA where she also served on the universityís faculty. She is an author of many books, syndicated columnist, and travel blogger. Dr. Lori provides insider tips about world travel, fine art and antiques history, and must-see landmarks the world over on her social media channels and YouTube channel.