Candidate Profile

Architecture & its History
Bridge Instructing
History - Art & Culture
Sandra Millikin is an American who has lived in England for over 40 years. She was educated at Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, USA and at the Courtauld Institute in London where she studied under the famous English architectural historian Sir John Summerson. She was assistant Curator at the Royal Institute of British Architects Drawings collection, where she contributed to the catalogue of the collection which is now housed in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

She is a contributor to Encyclopaedia Britannica for which she wrote the articles on Robert Adam and part of Neo classicism. For many years she wrote the annual articles on Architecture and on Art Exhibitions for the Britannica Book of the Year. She was a lecturer at the Open University for whom she made several television programs on architecture, notably on Frank Lloyd Wright and Charles Rennie Mackintosh. These can still sometimes be seen on late night television.

She is married to David, who is also an architecture enthusiast and an organist. They live Oxfordshire with their basset hound Harry in a listed house with a modernist extension that was the subject of articles in the national press.

She has given talks on architectural history world wide on cruise ships and particularly enjoys days at sea as she is also a keen bridge player. She has also acted as Bridge Director on cruises.
1. The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: What are they? Where are they? Why do they look the way they do and how did they influence later buildings.

2. War Memorials: A look at how Wars have been commemorated by artists and Architects throughout the world with special attention to memorials of the Second World War linked to the itinerary

3. Strange Buildings: A talk about some weird and wonderful structures from the serious to the whimsical, including for example the Sydney Opera House, the Big Things of Australia and the Beer Can House. (linked to itinerary)

4. The Taj Mahal: A Monument to Love. The art, history and love story of this iconic building.

5. Captain Cook: Explorer, Navagator and Cartographer and early exploration of the Pacific.

Sandra is always happy to prepare and present new titles according to itinerary and theme.

General titles relating to Architecture
Architecture as I see it: How to look at and understand architecture
The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
The Classical Language of Architecture—Doric, Ionic and Corinthian
Strange Buildings: Some weird and wonderful examples worldwide
Reach for the Sky: The history of the Skyscraper
The Baroque
Monuments, Memorials and Street Furniture
Opera Houses and Concert Halls (good for music themed cruise)
Coming and Going: The Architecture of Transport
Key Buildings of the Modern Movement

Titles relating to particular itineraries
The Architecture of Ancient Greece
(The Classical Language of Architecture as above)
The Architecture of Ancient Rome
The Pantheon in Rome
Palladio in Venice
Gaudi in Barcelona
Portuguese Architecture in the Age of Discovery
The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao
The Architecture of Wine Labels: Chateaux and Caves
The Architecture of Ancient Egypt

Baltic, Britain and Northern Waters
The Palaces of St. Petersburg
Berlin: The Architectural Opportunities of Reunification
Alvar Aalto and Scandinavian Architecture
Stockholm Town Hall
Architecture in Iceland
Chalk and Thatch: The Architecture of an English Village in the Vale of the White Horse
The Architecture of Oxford University
The Architecture of Cambridge University
Royal Residences in Scotland

Cape Dutch Architecture: The Buildings of South Africa
Portuguese Colonial Architecture in Mozambique
Colonial Architecture in Africa
The Buildings of Stonetown, Zanzibar
(The Architecture of Ancient Egypt as above)

Far East and India
The Taj Mahal: A Teardrop on the Face of Eternity
The Architecture of the Raj in India
British Colonial Architecture of the Straits Settlements
Frank Lloyd Wright in Japan
Macau: East meet West. The Portuguese heritage of Macau

Pacific and Australia/New Zealand
Arts and Crafts of the Pacific
Tiki Architecture
Captain Cook
The Real story of Mutiny on the Bounty
The Buildings of New Zealand
Strange Buildings in Australia
Convict Architecture in Australia
Marvellous Melbourne: the History and Architecture of Australia’s Second City

America and the Caribbean
Four New York Museums: Metropolitan, Modern, Guggenheim and Whitney
Frank Lloyd Wright
The Evolution of the Skyscraper (can be a general talk as well)
Mid Century Modern in California
Pirates and Plantations: British Colonial Buildings of the Caribbean (Barbados, Antigua,
St. Kitts/Nevis, Jamaica. Grenada)
Dutch Colonial Architecture in the Caribbean (Curacao, St. Maarten, Aruba)
French Colonial Architecture in the Caribbean (Guadeloupe and Martinique)
Spanish Colonial Architecture in the Caribbean (Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba)
The following recent Cruise History has been recorded for this candidate.
Viking Sun SU190817 British Isles Explorer 14 Bergen Saturday, August 17, 2019
Viking Sky SK181016 Mediterranean Odyssey 12 Barcelona Tuesday, October 16, 2018