Michael Wood (chair) is the writer and presenter of many critically acclaimed series on television, including Art of the Western World, Legacy, In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great, Conquistadors and In Search of Shakespeare. He is author of over seventy TV films, which have been shown worldwide, and of several best selling and highly praised books.
Michael was educated at Manchester Grammar School and Oriel College Oxford where he did postgraduate research in Anglo-Saxon history. Since then he has worked as a journalist, broadcaster and filmmaker. His films have centred on history, but have included travel (Great Railway Journeys of the World; River Journeys; The Sacred Way); politics (Saddam’s Killing Fields: an award winning account of the destruction of the Marsh Arabs of South Iraq) and cultural history (the award winning Hitler’s Search for the Holy Grail, 1999: a study of the abuse of history and archaeology under the Nazis). Michael Wood was elected a fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 2001.