Margaret Heathcote studied architecture at Sydney University, and assisted with artist Christo’s wrapping of Little Bay. While completing her studies at the University of Westminster in London she sang with the Philharmonia Chorus of London, and had holiday jobs in Lyon, France and Michigan, USA. Margaret met Richard in London, and they returned to Sydney, later moving to Melbourne, where she worked in commercial architectural practices. A change of professional direction took her into the heritage field, working with historic civic buildings, residences and even lighthouses. Completing a Master’s degree in Cultural Heritage at Deakin University included a study trip to heritage sites in Vietnam and Cambodia, and a semester at the University of Leuven, Belgium. Until 2022 Margaret worked as a conservation architect with the SA State Heritage Unit, and attended the 2014 Attingham Trust Study Programme visiting heritage sites and collections in Belgium. She joined ASA as a tour manager in 2012.
Margaret first joined ASA in 2006 and has since led numerous ASA tours including:
- Tasmania: History, Art, Historic Homesteads & Gardens (2022-2023)
- Great Castles, Country Houses & Gardens of Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Wales (2015-2017)
- Garden Masterpieces of England and the Chelsea Flower Show (2016-2018)
- Houses and Gardens of Southern England & the Chelsea Flower Show (2013)
- Great Houses and Gardens of East Anglia (2012 & 2018)
- Medieval France & Spain: The Pilgrim Routes to Santiago de Compostela (2017)