Luke Archer Photography

I have recently relocated from Bristol to Hertfordshire. Inheritance remains my current long-term project. In 2011 I was nominated for Black and White Magazines under 30’s Photographer of the Year. I was the joint winner of the 2011 South West Graduate Photography Prize. I have exhibited extensively in Bristol as part of the 2010 and 2012 Bristol Festival of Photography as well as the 2011 Royal West of England Academy’s Open Photography. My portrait of the Marquess of Bath is held in the National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection. The book version of Inheritance was displayed at Ffotogallery’s Book Arts Fayre 2012. I joined the Vignette Magazine team in winter 2011 and I am now features editor.
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John Palmer, 4th Earl of Selborne

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Born 1940

Educated at Eton and Christ Church Oxford.

Succeeded his grandfather in 1971.

Appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1987  and Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire in 2011 for services to science.

Interview in Horticulture Week.

Party: Conservative.


Roundell Palmer, 1st Earl of Selborne

Born 1812.

Educated at Rugby and Oxford.

Served twice as Lord Chancellor.

Oversaw the 1873 Supreme Court of Judicature Act – reorganising the court system, establishing the High Court and Court of Appeal.

In 1875 served as Master of the Worshipful Company of Mercers.

Rose to the peerage in 1882.

Party: Conservative, Liberal, Liberal Unionist

Died 1895


William Waldegrave Palmer, 2nd Earl of Selborne

Born 1859.

Educated at Winchester then University College Oxford.

Held various posts throughout his political career:

Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies, First Lord of the Admiralty, High Commissioner for South Africa and President of the Board of Agriculture.

From 1910 – 1930 he served as Master of the Worshipful Company of Mercers.

Succeeded his father in 1895.

Died 1942.

Party: Liberal, Liberal Unionist.]


Roundell Cecil Palmer, 3rd Earl of Selborne

Born 1887.

Educated at Winchester then University College Oxford.

Entered Parliament in 1910 as MP for Newton.

He was able to sit in the House of Lords before his father’s death due to a Writ of Acceleration. This enabled a person with more than one hereditary title to pass  one to their eldest son.  Abolished in the 1999 Peerage Act.

Was in charge of the Special Operations Executive who specialized in sabotage operations in occupied Europe during World War Two.

His son was killed on active service in 1942; the heir apparent became his grandson, the current Earl.

In 1948 Served as Master of Worshipful Company of Mercers.

Chairman of Boots from 1951 to 1964.

Died 1971

Party: Conservative

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