David Boyd Haycock
I was born in Banbury, Oxfordshire, in 1968 and am honoured to share a birthday with Canaletto, Francis Bacon and Ian Hamilton Finlay; I’m somewhat less pleased to share it with Bernie Eccleston and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
My childhood was spent in Boston, Lincolnshire, and Ripon, North Yorkshire, where I attended the local grammar school. In 1988 I went up to St John’s College, Oxford, to read ‘Modern History’, and then went on to the University of Sussex to study for an MA in Art History. My book William Stukeley was based on my PhD thesis, undertaken at the University of London.
I’ve held research fellowships at Wolfson College, Oxford, the University of New South Wales, The Center for Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Studies, UCLA, and the London School of Economics. For almost two years I was a curator at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. I currently live in Headington, Oxford, with my wife and son.
My interests include longevity, archaeology, the history of art, biography and the environment. I’m a keen member of the Green Party and my pet hate is noise; I long to live somewhere far, far from main roads. My favourite quote from A Crisis of Brilliance is Mark Gertler’s remark in August 1914, following the outbreak of World War One: ‘I hope in the future to be able to live more among trees.’ I share his sentiment.