Dr Sarah Whittingham FSA is a historian who specialises in writing about the people, social history, architecture, and gardens of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Her work has included writing books and articles, researching and writing building histories, giving lectures, teaching university courses and summer schools, and curating exhibitions.
Her major biography Sir George Oatley: Architect of Bristol came out in 2011, and was shortlisted for the 2012 Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain Alice Davis Hitchcock Medallion, awarded annually for the best architectural history book.
In 2012 Frances Lincoln published Fern Fever: The Story of Pteridomania, the definitive work on the subject. As well as lecturing widely on the fern craze, Sarah has written articles on it for many publications.
She has also appeared on various BBC radio and television programmes talking about Pteridomania, and architectural history.
In 1997, while researching George Oatley, Sarah came across Eveline Dew Blacker (1884–1956), one of the earliest female architects in the country, and Bristol’s first. She was also the first female architect to win a competition to design a war memorial – the Bristol cenotaph – in 1931. Sarah is currently writing a biography of Eveline, and on Saturday 21 May 2016 was very pleased to unveil
a Clifton and Hotwells Improvement Society plaque to her
at 20 Victoria Square.