Ben Cowell is the Director General of Historic Houses, which represents 1,500 of the UK’s historic houses, castles and gardens, all independently owned.

Oliver Cox is Heritage Engagement Fellow and Co-Lead of the Oxford University Heritage Network. He is a Trustee for Compton Verney House Trust, Panel Member for Arts Council England's Designation Panel, Co-Chair of Digital Skills and Learning Advisory Group for The Heritage Alliance.

Andrew Hann is Properties Historians’ Team Leader at English Heritage and was co-editor of Slavery and the British Country House (English Heritage, 2007).

Tara A. Inniss is a Lecturer in the Department of History and Philosophy at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus. The areas of focus for her teaching and research include: history of medicine; history of social policy; and heritage and social development. 

Catherine Leonard joined the National Trust in 1999 from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and with a background in modern languages and international cultural relations. Prior to her appointment as Secretary-General of INTO on its foundation in 2007, Catherine was responsible for the Trust’s work with overseas heritage conservation groups (from Australia, Bavaria and China to Trinidad, USA and Zimbabwe!).  She studied Russian and German at university and has lived in several European territories.

Louis P. Nelson is Professor of Architectural History and the Vice Provost for Academic Outreach at the University of Virginia. He is a specialist in the built environments of the early modern Atlantic world, with published work on the American South, the Caribbean, and West Africa. His research engages the spaces of enslavement in West Africa and in the Americas, working to document and interpret the buildings and landscapes that shaped the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Nelson is working on a second collaborative project to understand the University of Virginia as a landscape of slavery.

Kate Smith is a Senior Lecturer in Eighteenth-Century History at the University of Birmingham. She researches eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain and empire and studies how flows of knowledge, imperial connections and global trade have shaped material cultures. Kate’s recent books include, The East India Company at Home (co-edited with Margot Finn for UCL Press, 2018) and British Women and Cultural Practices of Empire, 1770-1940 (co-edited with Rosie Dias, for Bloomsbury, 2018).

IHR Partnership Seminar SeriesThe World in a Historic House: global connections and collections