Ron is an Architectural Historian, a Chartered Surveyor, Chartered Builder, Chartered Building Engineer and a Corporate Building Surveyor.
Having obtained three degrees – two at masters level – Ron has worked in Construction, Property and Training at director level and has been a visiting lecturer for a number of universities and colleges delivering lectures related to Construction, Management, Architecture and Heritage. He is the Technical Expert Author Advisor and Editor to the constructionsite.org – the national e-learning and resource website for Higher and Further Education Institutions and is the founder of and contributes to and manages the www.famous-historic-buildings.org.uk website. He has written a number of books, magazine articles, distance learning modules and on-line study units related to construction, engineering, management, conservation and heritage and has been responsible for the development of Distance and on-line e-learning courses. In addition he is a Publishing Partner with the Encyclopaedia Britannica and contributes on Historic Sites & Buildings.
A member of the Royal Historical Society; the Historical Association and the Society of Architectural Historians Ron has travelled extensively in pursuit of his interest in history, particularly with regard to buildings, their construction and the influence they have had on civilisation and regularly gives talks on this as a guest speaker for special interest groups and on cruise ships throughout the world.
A former Royal Marine Commando, Ron went on to serve with the Territorial Army reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel commanding a Logistics Regiment. He maintains his links with the Armed Forces as Chairman of the Lincolnshire Committee of the Reserve Forces and Cadets Association and Vice Chair of their East Midlands Committee.
Ron is experienced in producing and delivering talks to a variety of audiences including students at universities, colleges, workshops; special interest groups; training courses, conferences and seminars; the armed forces; private companies and cruise ships worldwide.
The talks are given with the aid of PowerPoint presentation system and include photographs and graphics; they are delivered in a relaxed manner to inform, educate, and for cruise ships, to entertain.
Ron specialises in talks relating to History and Architecture and covers many of the world’s most famous historic Buildings and Archaeological Sites. In his talks he looks at the building or place itself and the people and events relating to its construction and takes his audience on a virtual tour. He also covers how and why they were built and provides a background to the civilisation at that time.
Talks can be related to the places that the cruise is calling at or can look at the world’s famous building as a subject in itself.
A few examples of his talks for a number of locations are shown below, for a full list and details of each talk visit www.ron-gatepain.com
• England - Tower of London, Buckingham Palace
• Italy - Colosseum, Roman Forum, St Peters Basilica, Pompeii, Leaning Tower of Pisa
• Spain - Sagrada Familia, Cathedral of Santiago de Compostella
• Greece - Acropolis, Olympia
• Turkey - Blue Mosque, Ephesus
• Egypt - Pyramids, Valley of the Kings, Temples of the Nile
• Russia - Hermitage, Catherine’s Palace, Peter & Paul Fortress
• North America - Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Hoover Dam
• Central America - Cities & Civilisations of Mesoamerica, Tikel, Chichen Itza, Panama Canal
• Peru - Machu Picchu, Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Inca
• China - Forbidden City, Great Wall of China, Beijing Summer Palace, Terracotta Warriors
• India - Taj Mahal