Elizabeth Williamson BA (London)
Research and Publications
Elizabeth Williamson is a Reader in Architectural History and Architectural Editor of the Victoria County History (www.englandpast.net), one of the Research Centres of the IHR. She was previously Deputy Editor of The Buildings of England, Ireland, Scotland & Wales. Through her research for that series and her work with VCH county editors since 1997, she has developed a wide understanding from physical and documentary evidence of the development of the British built environment in a wide range of localities. She has a particular interest in 20th-century architecture and planning and in the ideas that have shaped successive generations of English New Towns.
For the Pevsner series (www.pevsner.co.uk) she has co-authored six volumes, including Buckinghamshire (1994), which contains a detailed study of Milton Keynes, London Docklands (1998) and Glasgow (1990). Her work for the VCH has included a re-examination of the 20th-century conservation of Chester in the Victoria History of Cheshire Vi: The City of Chester (2003). As a Commissioner of English Heritage (www.english-heritage.org.uk), she is conversant with current political and social influences on the historic environment. She is also a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.