ANNA
KEAY

Coming Soon

My current writing project is a new history of the Crown Jewels published by Thames and Hudson in collaboration with the Royal Collection and Historic Palaces. This will tell the extraordinary story of the collection of regalia in the Tower of London, which includes some of the most famous gems in the world. Due out Winter 2010/11.

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Born in the West Highlands of Scotland, Anna was educated at Oban High School in Argyll and Bedales in Hampshire. She read history at Magdalen College, Oxford, where she won two academic  scholarships. Her PhD on court ceremonial in the reign of Charles II was supervised by Professor John Miller at the University of London

From 1996 to 2002 Anna worked as a curator for Historic Royal Palaces, which looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and the Banqueting House in Whitehall. From 2002 until 2012 she was Properties Presentation Director of English Heritage, responsible for curating and presenting to the public 420 historic sites across England, from Stonehenge to Kenwood House. She is now Director of the Landmark Trust.

Anna is married with two children. Her husband is the historian Simon Thurley and her parents are the writers John Keay and Julia Keay. She divides her time between London and King's Lynn, Norfolk.








Dr. Anna Keay