Speaker / Host
Neil Oliver is an Archaeologist, Historian and Author. He is best known for his contributions to BBC's 'Coast'. Neil is a captivating speaker, audiences can expect a lesson in the history of Britain, and its surrounding isles, as well as stories from his adventures around the world.
About Neil Oliver
Neil Oliver is the presenter of series, including A History of Scotland, and Vikings, as well as Coast. Neil Oliver served as president of the National Trust for Scotland from 2017 to 2020. In 2021 Neil joined newly founded TV channel GB News. When speaking, Neil gives his audience a backstage view into British discoveries from being at the forefront of modern archeological techniques. Neil has the knowledge, skill and ability to connect with audiences of all types.
Neil Oliver qualified as an archaeologist in 1988 and his fieldwork experience is vast. It covers everything from the early Stone Age in Scotland to the examination of the World War II coastal fortifications of Kent and Northern France. He also trained as a journalist and has written for The Scotsman, The Herald, The Guardian, The Edinburgh Evening News and The Daily Record.
In 2002, Neil put these invaluable experiences to great use in his new career as a television broadcaster. Neil and Tony Pollard visited historic British battlefields in BBC2’s Two Men in a Trench. In it they recreated the battle situation using state-of-the-art technology. To accompany the series Neil co-wrote two books. Two Men in a Trench: Battlefield Archaeology and Two Men in a Trench II: Uncovering the Secrets of British Battlefields. They were published by Michael Joseph.
Following this, Neil joined the team of BBC2’s highly acclaimed series, Coast, and in 2006, he stepped into the role of lead presenter. The hugely popular Coast looks at both the natural and social history of the British coastline.
In addition, Neil’s television credits include A History of Ancient Britain for BBC 2. This was followed by A History of Celtic Britain, telling the epic story of how the Ancient Britons evolved and entered European civilisation.
Neil also presented Vikings, a 3-part search for the truth about the Vikings and Rise of the Clans. During this series Neil travelled back in time to reveal the story of Scotland’s ancient clans.
Neil’s one man show came about off the back of his latest book, The Story of the British Isles in 100 Places which garnered much critical praise. He spoke to over 39 sold out venues around the UK. The audiences love his explanations of what British History means to him, and why we need to cherish and celebrate our wonderful countries.