Jane Angelini
Jane Angelini is the inspiration behind St James's Art Tours and is responsible for the planning and organisation of each tour, whether or not she leads it. She specialises in the cultures of the Mediterranean world - Classical, Byzantine, Islamic - as well as that of Russia. She graduated in Russian Studies and took a Masters degree in Byzantine & Early Russian Art & Architecture. As well as running St James's Art Tours she works as a free-lance lecturer for numerous organisations, including NADFAS, the Art Fund. and Swan Hellenic Cruises. She speaks several foreign languages and has translated works of 19th century Russian literature for Penguin Books and the Oxford University Press.


Mark Corby
Mark Corby is a member of the Institute of Classical Studies and the Royal Archaeological Institute. He has been a freelance historian for the last five years and lectures for the National Association for Design & Fine Art Societies as well as the Institute of Archaeology. He has been a guest lecturer and historical guide on several foreign adventures. He is also a researcher and presenter of TV historical documentaries.

Christopher Monckton

Christopher is an Oxford graduate, a linguist, and professional musician and cultural historian.Since the mid 1990's he has worked regularly as a freelance lecturer in cultural history to Fine Arts Societies, History Societies and similar clubs and groups in England and France, and has led cultural tours throughout Europe and beyond, specialising in Art, History, Architecture and the Classics as well as Music. He provides digestible and entertaining but nonetheless comprehensive commentary and contextual information to enhance your understanding and enjoyment of places visited and things seen  and makes an excellent travelling companion. 

Annabel Howard

Annabel studied the History of Art at Christ Church, Oxford, from 2004-2007, during which time she was awarded two prizes for academic excellence. She has since focused on Italian art, spent a year living in Rome and speaks Italian fluently. She is an experienced lecturer and has lectured and  led tours throughout  Italy. She is currently researching and writing a book about Italian traditions and festivals. 

Christopher Newall Lecturer

Christopher Newall is a freelance art historian, exhibition curator, lecturer, and tour leader. He  has lectured in museums, universities and for a wide range of organisations and institutions in Britain and the United States. He does frequent live radio interviews and has appeared on panel discussions, including BBC Radio 4’s ‘Start the Week’ and ‘Kaleidoscope’. He has worked for many years as a tour leader to various destinations ion Italy.

Simon Monckton

Simon Monckton is a very experienced tour leader as well as having a remarkable knowledge of architectural history. He studied theology and has a special interest in the influence of contemporary theological ideas on Romanesque architecture and in particular on the emergence and development of the Gothic style, its buildings, decoration, glass and sculpture. He makes a very pleasant travelling companion and comes highly recommended.

Professor Robin MIlner-Gulland FBA, FSA

Robin  Milner-Gulland has a distinguished academic background and is is one of a handful of  Russian experts  to have explored the remote regions of the " Russian North " . He is a member of the British Academy and the author of a number of books on Russian Culture.