Richard Pailthorpe has recently retired as the Director of the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum. His interest in historic houses and castles and his wealth of knowledge of many of the major Sussex heritage sites comes from his previous work for the Goodwood Estate and Parham Park. Richard also worked for many years at Syon Park, the London home of the Duke of Northumberland and was instrumental in the discovery of the medieval abbey church of Sion by Channel 4's Time Team. Richard served as the the South East Regional Treasurer of the Historic Houses Association until 2018 and was awarded Sussex Heritage's Trust Personality of the Year in 2015. His publications include Goodwood Country (with Ian Serraillier) and Chichester: A Contemporary View (with Ian McGowan).