Dr Sarah Whittingham

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.

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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.

During her PhD research on George Oatley in the 1990s, Sarah came across Eveline Dew Blacker, who was articled to him. Eveline (1884–1956) was 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.



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