Ann Benson is a writer and lecturer on Garden and Architectural History specializing in the Tudor and Stuart periods. She has degrees in Garden History (M.A., Distinction), Pedagogy (M.Ed., Ph.D.) and Science (B.Sc., Hons.) Ann taught research methods at the Institute of Historical Research and now gives talks on garden and architectural history to national bodies. She is a history consultant for the Bodleian Library and for several private estate owners including the Duke of Beaufort. Since 2013 she has produced two books, 'A History of Coton Manor and its Garden' and 'Troy House: a Tudor estate across time', and several peer-reviewed articles. Ann is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. Formally, Ann was an academic in the field of learning and assessment at the universities of Oxford, Bristol and the Open University, a Fellow of the Royal Chemical Society, and an assessment consultant for the U.K.’s Cabinet Office.