Broadway Arts Festival is pleased to announce that English art and museum curator, writer, broadcaster and landscape designer, Sir Roy Strong is to become its first patron.

Sir Roy lives in Herefordshire where with his late wife he created one of Britain’s largest post-war formal gardens, the Laskett. He has a first class honours degree in history from Queen Mary College, University of London, and a PhD from the Warburg Institute. He then became a research fellow at the Institute of Historical Research. He has been director of both the National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum and was knighted in 1983. A practising Anglican, Sir Roy is an altar server at Hereford Cathedral as well as being high steward of Westminster Abbey.

Sir Roy has historic connections with the Cotswolds and the surrounding area where he “eloped” with his late wife Dr Julia Trevelyan Oman, marrying her at Wilmcote Church near Stratford-upon-Avon in 1971 by special licence from the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Sir Roy has opened previous Festivals with some wonderful lectures and will be opening the fourth festival in June 2016. Sir Roy’s diverse interests and wealth of experience is a fantastic asset and a perfect match for the festival, which attracts visitors from all over the world.