Oliver leads the Humanities Division’s engagements with the UK and international heritage community. As Heritage Engagement Fellow he co-ordinates, supports and brokers projects between the University of Oxford and external partners through enabling individual researchers, research groups, students and professional services to develop mutually-beneficial collaborations. Oliver is co-director of the Oxford University Heritage Network, and part of the team delivering Oxford’s strategic partnership with the National Trust. Oliver co-convenes the Heritage Pathway training programme with Alice Purkiss (National Trust Partnership Lead).
Oliver is a historian by training, and received his undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Oxford. He has published widely on Gothic Revival architecture, landscape gardening, patriotism, and the country house.
Oliver co-supervises a Collaborative Doctoral Award with Historic Houses, is a co-convenor for the Graduate Seminar in History, 1680-1850, and teaches architectural history for the Faculty of History and Said Business School.
He is a member of the Faculty of History (University of Oxford); Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; a Council Member of the Oxfordshire Record Society; Heritage Officer for the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS); Governor of Compton Verney House Trust; and sits on the Education and Publications Committee of The Gardens Trust and Arts Council England’s Designation Panel. Oliver is chair of The Heritage Alliance’s Digital, Learning & Skills Advocacy Group.