Professor William Whyte

Professor of Social and Architectural History; Fellow of St John's College


Professor Whyte is particularly interested in 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.

He sits on the London Advisory Committee of Historic England and the Council of the Oxford Historical Society, and is editor of the Oxfordshire Records Society. He is also a trustee of the Oxford Preservation Trust and a member of the International Commission for the History of Universities/Commission internationale pour l'histoire des universities. 


  • Modern British history
  • Architectural history
  • History of religion
  • History of education
  • History of Oxford

Media experience

Professor Whyte has extensive experience of working with the media, including live radio interviews.