Peter at Cambridge

Dr Peter Burman – Brief CV

I'm working part-time as a freelance arts and heritage consultant, and much involved in work for several charities.


I went to Tudor Grange Grammar School, now Tudor Grange Academy, Solihull.

I won an exhibition to King's College, Cambridge to study English, but finished my degree (MA) in History of Art.

In 1980 I participated in the six-month Mural Paintings Conservation Course at ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property) in Rome.

Qualifications and distinctions

Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), 1990.

Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (FSA), 1974

Honorary doctorate of engineering (Dr.-Ing. e.h.) in monument conservation and architectural history (Denkmalpflege und Architekturgeschichte) from the Brandenburg Technical University, Cottbus.

Companion of John Ruskin's Guild of St George.

Member of the Art Workers Guild.


From 1968 to 1990 I worked for the Council for the Care of Churches and the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England (now united as the Church Buildings Council) serving as its General Secretary from 1977 onwards.

From 1990 to 2002 I was Director of the Centre for Conservation Studies, Department of Archaeology, University of York.

From 2002 to 2007 I was Director of Conservation and Property Services at the National Trust for Scotland.

From 2007 to 2012 I was Professor of Cultural Heritage Management at the Brandenburg Technical University World Heritage Studies, in Cottbus, Germany.

From 2012 onwards I have continued to be active as an arts and heritage consultant, for clients who have included the Chapter of Lincoln Cathedral (2008–2018) and the Duke of Buccleuch.

Expertise and work undertaken

My areas of expertise include:

  • Researching and putting together Conservation or Heritage-related Management Plans.
  • Advising on Collections Care including Archives.
  • Advising or managing the process of commissioning works of art or fine craftsmanship for cathedrals, churches, country houses, designed landscapes and gardens, World Heritage Sites, urban and rural public spaces.
  • Advising on repair and conservation of historic stone sculptures using traditional lime-based methodology.

Examples include:

  • Conservation & Management Plan for the Cathedral & Abbey Church of St Alban.
  • Conservation Statement, Royal Company of Archers.
  • Major commissions, sculpture and furniture, at Lincoln Cathedral during ten years as Arts Adviser.
  • St Paul's Cathedral, London, originator of project for the design and installation of the Winston Churchill Memorial Screen in the crypt.
  • Survey of estate walls of Duke of Buccleuch's Boughton Estate.
  • Burrell Collection, Glasgow, organiser and facilitator of a series of staff and consultant seminars which contributed to the major project for repairing the museum building and improving display of collections.