Protecting, preserving, and promoting Worcester's World Heritage.
His Grace The Duke of Hamilton ~ Lord Faulkner of Worcester Lord Selkirk of Douglas ~ Prof. Ronald Hutton
The Hon. Lady Rosalind Morrison ~ Mr. Henry Berkeley
President: Benjamin Humphrey JP, FRSA
Chairman: Richard Shaw
OUR PATRONS PLAY A VITAL ROLE IN THE SOCIETY'S DEVELOPMENT
The society's patrons play a vital role in the development of the society's goals and achievements. They are not paid for their work and give their time freely much like the committee. Their involvment varies greatly depending on how much time they are able to give. Patrons write letters of support, broker high-level meetings, donate land for events, host events, and lend their name to the society's cause. Patrons are not elected by the membership but are approached by the Chairman and/or Vice-Chairman to become society patrons. They have no voting rights, powers of governance or operational influence over the committee. They are often invited to events as the guests of the society and provide useful contacts and information when neccessary. Without our patrons the society would not be as successful in its aims and objectives as it is today.
Below are brief profiles of our patrons.
LORD FAULKNER OF WORCESTER
Educated at the Merchant Taylors' School, Northwood, and at Worcester College, Oxford where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics, he worked as a researcher and journalist for the Labour Party since when he has been active in politics. He was an unpaid communications advisor to the Leader of the Labour Party in the 1987, 1992 and 1997 general elections.
He was raised to the peerage in 1999, as Baron Faulkner of Worcester, of Wimbledon in the London Borough of Merton. He has served on a number of parliamentary committees, and lists his political interests as transport, sport, human rights, smoking and health, and sex equality.
SIR TAM DALYELL (BART)
Dalyell was educated at the Edinburgh Academy and Eton College and did his National Service with the Royal Scots Greys from 1950 to 1952 - as an ordinary trooper. He then went to King's College, Cambridge to study History and Economics, where he was Chairman of the Conservative Association. He then trained as a teacher at Moray House College in Edinburgh and taught at Bo'ness Academy and a ship school. He joined the Labour Party in 1956 after the Suez Crisis. He has been a columnist for the New Scientist magazine since 1967. He was a Member of Parliament from 1962 to 2005. He represented West Lothian from 1962 to 1983, then Linlithgow from 1983 to 2005. From 2001 - 2005 he was Father of the House of Commons. He is a direct descendant of General Tam Dalyell who fought at the Battle of Worcester 1651 and was imprissoned in the Tower of London until his escape in the May 1652.
THE HON. LADY MORRISON
The Hon. Lady Morrison is the niece of the 8th and last Earl Beauchamp and currently resides in the Lygon ancestral family seat of Madresfield Court in Malvern Worcestershire. She has been the High Sherrif of Worcestershire and is also one of the Deputy Lord Leuitenants of Worcestershire. She plays a major role in the frequent Royal Visits to Worcestershire by members of the Royal Family. She is also one of the longest serving Governors of The King's School, Worcester.
MS. DIANE RAPAPORT
Diane Rapaport, a former trial lawyer, has made a new career as a historical consultant, genealogist, award-winning author and popular speaker. She offers an unusual combination of expertise and experience—in law, history and genealogy—and she enjoys discovering and telling the stories of our past. She specializes in court records and other historical resources of New England, and her current research focuses on African Americans and Native Americans in the colonial period. Diane has countless publications and articles to her name and she has recently made an appearance on BBC's hit show, Who Do You Think You Are?
LORD SELKIRK OF DOUGLAS
James Alexander Douglas-Hamilton, Baron Selkirk of Douglas, PC, QC (born 31 July 1942), briefly The 11th Earl of Selkirk and styled Lord James Douglas-Hamilton (as a younger son of the 14th Duke of Hamilton and Brandon) until 1997, is a Scottish Conservative politician who served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Edinburgh West then Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Lothians. He was educated at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford where he was president of the Oxford Union, and thereafter at the University of Edinburgh. Lord Selkirk of Douglas has written a number of books, including Motive For a Mission: The Story Behind Hess's Flight to Britain about his father's meeting with Rudolf Hess when he landed in Scotland during World War II.
MR. HENRY BERKELEY
Henry is a direct decesendant of Robert Berkeley whose residence, Spetchley Hall, was burnt to the ground following the Battle of Worcester by disgruntled drunk Scottish Presbyterian Royalists to prevent Oliver Cromwell from using the house for his headquarters. Henry now resides in the restored Spetchley Hall that was built in 1811. He attended RMA Sandhurst and served in the British Army before moving to private sector and eventually running the family estate.
HIS GRACE THE DUKE OF HAMILTON
The current Duke of Hamilton is the son of Angus Douglas-Hamilton, 15th Duke of Hamilton, and his first wife, Sarah Scott. He was educated at Keil School, Dumbarton and Gordonstoun in Scotland. On the death of his father, he became the 16th Duke of Hamilton and 13th Duke of Brandon on 5 June 2010. In 2011, the Duke of Hamilton and Brandon was married in Edinburgh to Sophie Ann Rutherford of Roxburghshire. The best man was the younger brother of the Duke and the then heir presumptive, Lord John Douglas-Hamilton.
The Duke and Duchess of Hamilton have two sons, Douglas and William.
PROF. RONALD HUTTON MA(Cantab), DPhil(Oxon), FRHistS, FSA, FLSW, FBA
Born in Ootacamund, India into a middle-class English family, Hutton subsequently returned to England, attending a school in Ilford and getting particularly interested in archaeology, taking part in a number of excavations until 1976 and touring the country's chambered tombs. Ultimately he decided to study history at Pembroke College, Cambridge and then Magdalen College, Oxford before gaining employment as a reader in history at the University of Bristol in 1981. Focusing his efforts on Early Modern Britain, he published a trio of books on the subject during that decade; The Royalist War Effort (1981), The Restoration (1985) and Charles the Second (1989). During the 1990s he produced a string of books dealing with historical paganism, folklore and contemporary Paganism in Britain. In the following decade he moved on to look at other topics, publishing a book about Siberian shamanism in the western imagination.