Dr Oliver Cox is a historian who is passionate about convincing us that heritage and history still matter in the twenty-first century.
He is the founder and director of the Thames Valley Country House Partnership (www.tvchp.org), which is busy finding new ways to engage wider audiences with country houses through exciting events and the innovative use of social media.
Oliver has a number of different projects at a range of National Trust and Historic Houses Association properties with links to every major Country House throughout Britain and the world-class research of Oxford University.
Oliver’s most recent TV appearances include Glorious Gardens From Above and Len Goodman’s Holiday of My Lifetime both on BBC One. Oliver has also filmed with Ian Hislop’s Olden Days (BBC Two), Lucy Worsley’s The First Georgians (BBC Four), and the BBC’s The One Show. He features in Capability Found (More 4) with Alan Titchmarsh.
His doctoral thesis explored how and why King Alfred the Great was manufactured into a national hero in England and America between 1640 and 1800. His research on Rule, Britannia! has been covered by BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, BBC News, The Times, The Telegraph and others. Oliver is currently writing A Short History of the Long Eighteenth Century.
Oliver sits on the National Trust’s Experiences and Places board in London and the South East, is a Trustee of the Oxfordshire Record Society, sits on the Board of Governors of Compton Verney Art Gallery, and is a member of Arts Council England’s Designation Panel. In 2016 he will be Visiting Professor in Public History at Texas State University, before embarking on a speaking tour in the United States.