Alexander Creswell

In conversation with Oliver Everett – Thursday 30th June in Watts’s Great Studio

This Thursday 30th June I will be in conversation with Oliver Everett, Royal Librarian Emeritus in Watts’s Great Studio, Compton, Surrey. This will be the first of three colloquia to mark the re-opening of the Watts Gallery and to celebrate my tenure in Great Studio:

30th June 2011: Creswell Colloquium with Oliver Everett, Royal Librarian Emeritus
Watts’s Great Studio, Limnerslease, Down Lane, Compton, Surrey GU3 1DJ
Drinks at 7.30pm followed by a talk 8 – 9pm

Windsor Castle – St Georges Hall after the Fire © H. M. The Queen 1993

This is an extraordinary opportunity to hear two renowned speakers Alexander Creswell and Oliver Everett, Royal Librarian Emeritus in conversation; they will be exploring the legacy of the Royal Collection and the historic commission for Creswell to record Windsor Castle after the fire and restoration in a remarkable series of watercolours and touching upon the connections with G.F. Watts.

Oliver Everett CVO is Librarian Emeritus of the Royal Library, Windsor Castle where he was Librarian from 1984 to 2002. Oliver knows Windsor and the Royal Collection extremely well, has written the official guidebook and audio tour as well as contributing to books and television on aspects of the Castle and the Collection.  His knowledge of the Royal Collection’s 485,000 objects spanning the reigns of Henry VIII to our present Queen is superb. He is highly sought after as a speaker at home and abroad; lecturing on all aspects of the collection, the Palaces and their Royal occupants and the relationship between the Monarchs and their collection and much more.

Before becoming Royal Librarian Oliver Everett was Private Secretary to Diana, Princess of Wales, 1981-83, Assistant Private Secretary to the Prince of Wales, 1978-80 and served in the Foreign Office 1967-78, including postings to India and Spain. He was educated at Cambridge University and undertook post graduate work at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, USA; and at the London School of Economics.