William Whyte

William Whyte is Professor of Social and Architectural History at St John’s College, Oxford, and represents the University of Oxford on the board of trustees. He is Chairman of the Oxford Preservation Trust and the Oxford Historical Society, and a fellow of both the Royal Historical Society and the Society of Antiquaries of London.  An Anglican priest, he also serves in the Oxfordshire benefice of Wolvercote and Wytham.

Like all historians, William is interested in people, but unlike many he is also equally preoccupied by things and places.  He is especially intrigued by what the serious investigation of the built and natural environment does to existing accounts of modern British and European history. His research has consequently often focused on architecture, and he has a special interest in institutions like schools, universities, and churches. Amongst his most recent publications are Redbrick: a social and architectural history of Britain’s civic universities (2015) and Unlocking the Church: the lost secrets of Victorian sacred space (2017).