Stephen has long held a fascination with the art and architecture of the Georgian period, immersing himself in art history courses and historic house visiting. It was not until he sold his business in 2004 that he found time to devote more of his energies to this passion.

A full time Masters degree in the decorative arts and historic interiors at University College London was the first step. This was undertaken at the fabulous Wallace Collection in London, and was soon followed by appointment as an official guide at the Royal Academy of Arts. He has published a number of articles on country house visiting for lifestyle magazines around the South of England. He was recommended to and employed by the Victoria & Albert Museum as a guide specializing in the British Galleries, where his understanding of period style was particularly relevant.

The next stage was simple and logical, to turn this knowledge into a series of lectures that would inform and entertain others. He has lectured to U3A, Probus, WEA, W.I., The National Trust, and on Silversea Cruises. He is pleased to be an accredited NADFAS lecturer and to tour for ADFAS in 2016.