An art and urban historian, and an experienced author who worked for twenty years with the collection of paintings, prints and drawings at the Museum of London. In 1990 she organised a major exhibition on London Gardens at the Museum and edited its souvenir publication. In 1996 she co-wrote (with John Hayes) London in Paint, the Museum’s Catalogue of Oil Paintings. After going freelance in 2000 she organised a series of conferences at Guildhall (for the Corporation of London), one of which was published in 2004: City Merchants and the Arts. In 2013 she won the John Brinckerhoff Jackson book prize (Society for Landscape Studies in New York) for Cottages and Villas – the Birth of the Garden Suburb (Yale University Press, 2010). She set up Your London Publishing in 2015 and brought out The Dulwich Notebook (2015) and The Streatham Sketchbook (2017).