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Architecture & its History
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History - Art & Culture
History - Maritime
History - Naval
After officer service in the Royal Navy and a long career in business, Justin Reay studied the History of Art and Architecture at Oxford, gaining the University’s Diploma with Distinction, and researched for his doctoral thesis on medieval naval weapons systems at the University of Exeter. A Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and of the Royal Historical Society, Justin is a member of several art history or naval history societies.

Justin is an Accredited Lecturer for the Arts Society, an advisor to the BBC and history foundations and museums in Europe, Australia and the USA, and a consultant in marine art. Formerly a senior academic manager of the Bodleian Library, he is Secretary of the Colloquium of Learned Societies at Oxford and a tutor in the History of Art and Classical Civilizations.

He is editor of Samuel Pepys’ naval papers, to be published by the Bodleian Library in 2019. His architectural history of the Admiralty buildings in London is also in press, and he is currently researching naval and maritime art in the National Trust collections for a catalogue raisonné.

Justin was History of Art enrichment speaker for Viking Ocean Cruises (Trade Routes of the Middle Ages, Viking Sky) in April 2018 where he also gave two sail-away presentations, and for Viking in May 2017 and Saga (August 2017), and Naval History speaker for Fred Olsen (December 2012). He is the art historian in Viking Sky for the Rome to Barcelona New Year cruise 2018-19, and is awaiting confirmation on three Mediterranean and Baltic cruises for Viking in 2019.

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Selected Publications:
- Inside Samuel Pepys’s Office: naval documents from the Pepys Papers in the Bodleian Library, Bodleian Library Publications and Society for Nautical Research (forthcoming Autumn 2017)
- The Great Ship Ashore : buildings and people of the Admiralty in London, Toothed Dolphin Press, Oxford (forthcoming Autumn 2017)
- Jack Punch: Captain John Perkins, the Royal Navy’s most successful officer, Trafalgar Chronicle (2017)
- ‘The Fighting Cochranes: a naval dynasty like no other’, Trafalgar Chronicle (2015)
- Nelson's Nemesis: Captain Etienne Lucas, the Redoutable and its fight with the Victory, Trafalgar Chronicle (2014)
- ‘Samuel Pepys's naval papers in the Bodleian’, Bodleian Library Record (2010)
- ‘A Place of Considerable Importance : Lord Cochrane at the Siege of Rosas 1808’, The Mariner’s Mirror, vol 95:4, Society for Nautical Research, November 2009; online in the Oxford University Research Archive at:
- ‘In Search of Nelson’s Spy : a research case study’, Trafalgar Chronicle, October 2009; online in the Oxford University Research Archive at:
- ‘Edward Gayner, the Royal Navy’s Man at Rosas : parts I to III’, Nelson Dispatch 2008-2009
- ‘The Royal Navy in the Bay of Rosas 1808-09’, in Díaz Capmany C, Pedler R, and Reay J, El Setge de Roses de 1808: tres visions de la Guerra del Francès, Girona 2008
- ‘Resolve and Endeavour in the Golden Ocean : Cook’s management of his voyages in the Pacific’, BNRA Journal 2008
In preparation:
- Fortune of the Sea: naval and maritime artworks in the National Trust collections (2 vols, due 2019)
Architecture & its History:
1. Admirals, Arias and “a Few Small Rooms”: the Admiralty buildings in London
2. The Venice of the North: the founding and architecture of St Petersburg
3. Nordic Light: Scandinavian and Finnish architecture and design
4. Dutch Art Deco: ground-breaking buildings by Petrus Berlage
5. The English Country House from Vanbrugh to Adam
6. Partytime Palace: Vaux le Vicomte, the inspiration for Versailles
7. Water, Light and Shade: Islamic buildings and gardens in Andalusia
8. Rome in North Africa: buildings of the Roman Empire in the Maghreb
9. Building on water: the architecture of Venice

Art & Culture History:
1. 'Setting their Hearts on Painting': women artists of the Italian Renaissance and Baroque
2. From the streets of Seville to the court in Madrid: the art of Diego Velazquez
3. The Bull of the People: Pablo Picasso, art and life
4. El Sordo: Francisco Goya, art and life
5. Sol y Sombra: the bullfighting etchings of Francisco Goya
6. Food for the Eyes: still-life paintings by Spanish and Dutch masters
7. “Rembrandt’s Eyes”: life in the Dutch Golden Age
8. Vermeer’s Camera: buildings and people by Johannes Vermeer
9. The Happiness of Life: the colourful art of Henri Matisse
10. Southern sun in the north: Spanish paintings at the Hermitage
11. Conversation pieces: stories behind portraits from the English masters
12. “He has fired a gun”: marine paintings by J M W Turner
13. The Enlightenment in Russia: the Hermitage’s Walpole collection
14. Faces of the Steelyard: the life of the Hanseatic merchants and their portraits by Holbein
15. “A painted ocean”: the sea and ships in marine art
16. “All a-sparkle with gunflashes”: naval actions and heroes in marine art

Maritime History:
1. The First European Union? The Hanseatic League and world trade
2. Silk Road of the Sea: the maritime trade routes from China to Europe
3. “With courage, nothing is impossible”: the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and its work

Naval History:
1. Nelson’s Nemesis: Captain Etienne Lucas, the Redoutable and her fight against the Victory
2. Jupiter and Mars: competition at sea between England and France
3. Titans at war: Thomas Cochrane and Etienne Lucas at the Battle of Aix Roads 1808
4. Nelson’s Spy in the Mediterranean: Edward Gayner, wine merchant, Quaker and spy
5. “I see no ships”: Nelson at Copenhagen 1801
6. In the Footsteps of the Hero: Nelson at the Admiralty
7. Jack Punch at War: the extraordinary life of Captain John Perkins, Britain’s first black officer
8. “By the Rocket’s Red Glare”: the Siege of Baltimore 1814
9. “Something's wrong with our battleships today”: the battle of Jutland 1916
10. The Mystery V.C.: Gus Agar and the Kronstadt raids 1919
11. A Man of Appetites: Samuel Pepys, diarist and naval official
12. The Saviour of the Navy? Dr John Harness and the Scurvy Debate
13. Experiments and Observations : the Admiralty, the Royal Society and the discovery of new worlds
14. “Thrast up agaynst the rayls” : the Death of Lord Admiral Edward Howard at Conquet, 1513
15. The British Royal Navy and the Bay of Rosas 1707-1922
16. “To render an effectual service…” Collingwood’s Star Captains on the Coast of Catalonia
17. “That Plain, Rough, English Admiral…”: Sir Cloudesley Shovell and the loss of the Resolution, 1707
Viking Sky (Viking Ocean) Trade Routes of the Middle Ages, Barcelona to Bergen, April 2018: five talks on art history and two sail-aways (Barcelona and Portsmouth)
Saga Pearl II (Saga): Dover to the Baltic, August 2017: five talks on History of Art
Viking Sky (Viking Ocean): Viking Homelands cruise Stockholm to Bergen, May 2017: three talks on History of Art (including link to Hanseatic league) and two sail-away presentations, St Petersburg and Copenhagen
Black Watch (Fred Olsen): Christmas Markets cruise Southampton to the Baltic and return, November-December 2012: six talks on naval history and art history
The following recent Cruise History has been recorded for this candidate.
Viking Sky SK180414 Trade Routes of the Middle Ages 14 Barcelona Saturday, April 14, 2018
Saga Pearl 11 P2181 White Nights of the Baltic 16 Dover Friday, August 4, 2017
Viking Sky SK170506 Viking Homelands 14 Stockholm Saturday, May 6, 2017