Andy Charlton

Andy Charlton
Lecturer
London Internship Program & London Internship Program (Summer)

Andy Charlton holds a L.L.B (Honors) Degree from University College London, after which he qualified and practiced as a solicitor. In 1998, he qualified as a (London Tourist Board) Blue Badge Guide and now lectures on many aspects of Britain for various colleges and organizations. He works regularly in sports tourism and events, including the All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, Princeton University Hockey Club and for a number of years at the Arsenal Football Club. He qualified as a Parliament guide in 1999 and takes lecture tours of the Palace of Westminster and regularly guides the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tate Britain and the British Museum. He is a member of the Association of Professional Tourist Guides and a founder member of the Institute of Tourist Guiding, for whom he has written their published booklets on British Sport and British Popular Music. In 2003, he wrote and set up a guided tour for members of the public for the Horniman Museum in Forest Hill and in 2004, he did the same thing for the Imperial War Museum in London. Also in 2004, he set up and ran walking tours of the Bankside area in Southwark, London, for the new Tourist Information Centre on Bankside for Southwark Council. Since 2005, he has worked with the Aspire project through South Bank University, working with school children who might not necessarily choose further education, aiming to inspire them to continue their education through tourism opportunities. Since 2007, he has lectured at and offered guided walks to the public through the National Portrait Gallery. In 2008, he was commissioned to write the guidebook for the Horniman Museum, set up and ran a series of rock ‘n roll Soho walks, wrote and delivered various lecture programs, including British Multiculturalism, the British Peerage, British Prime Ministers, the Victorians, Shakespeare, Britain in World War 2, the Bloomsbury Group and the Edwardians, and the British Museum, in particular focusing on the acquisition of the treasures of that museum, amongst other subjects. Since 2006, he has lectured on Olympic Sport for the Blue Badge Guide London 2012 Olympic Accreditation Course and continues to lecture on the Blue Badge Guide training course.  He has been  involved at the National Portrait Gallery in the launch of the London 2012  Cultural Olympiad in 2008 and will continue to be involved with various  projects at various institutions in the run up to the London Games in the next  four years.