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Dr Jacqueline Cockburn
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Dr Jacqueline Cockburn, Managing Director


Jacqueline is a specialist in Western European Art History, Literature and Language, and is Managing Director of Art & Culture Travel. She originally graduated from Durham University in Modern Languages and then took an MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. She completed a second BA Degree in 1996 in Art History and a PhD in 2002 at the University of London in Art History and Spanish. Her doctoral thesis dealt with Garcia Lorca’s drawings. She also speaks fluent Spanish, French and Portuguese.


Jacqueline began working at Westminster School as a teacher of Modern Languages and Literature, and later spent 16 years as Head of the Department of Art History. During this period she was also Chief Examiner in Art History at Cambridge International Examinations for 8 years and an Associate Lecturer at Birkbeck College, University of London for 15 years, where she directed and wrote courses as well as teaching History of Art at all levels from Undergraduate to Post-Graduate. She is also accredited as a lecturer by The Arts Society.


She has taken students on numerous trips to Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, New York and Berlin over the years and her knowledge of organizing and running these trips to ensure that the experience is enriching culturally and intellectually is extensive.


She has published ‘The Spanish Song Companion (1992 Gollancz- reprinted in 2005 in the United States), and been a contributor to ‘Fire, Blood and the Alphabet’ (2000 Durham University Press), ‘Crossing Fields’ (2003 Legenda Press) and  ‘A Companion to Federico García Lorca’ (2007 Tamesis Press). She is currently working on Picasso’s Andalusian origins.





Ian Cockburn, Director


Ian's area of special interest is the history, art and culture of medieval Spain, especially the period between the Moorish invasion in 711AD and the expulsion of the Moors from their final stronghold in Granada, in 1492.  Andalucia was the heart of the Moorish empire, which left behind a rich heritage of architecture and decorative arts. Ian has been researching this area since 2011.


Ian graduated from Durham University with a BA in Economics & Economic History and in 1989 he gained an MBA from City University Business School, London. More recently, he completed a BA in Art History at Birkbeck College, University of London, an MA in Medieval Spanish Art History at the Courtauld Institute, and became an accredited lecturer of The Arts Society.


He is also a Chartered Accountant (FCA) and a successful entrepreneur, having set up his own IT company in 2001, after 25 years working for large multinational corporations.


He speaks Spanish, French and Portuguese. 

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