Julia Trevelyan Oman
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Julia Trevelyan Oman

Julia Trevelyan Oman

Born(1930-07-11)11 July 1930
Kensington, London, England
Died10 October 2003(2003-10-10) (aged 73)
OccupationSet designer in television, theatre, ballet & opera
TitleLady Strong
Sir Roy Colin Strong (1971-2003; her death)

Julia Trevelyan Oman, Lady Strong CBE (11 July 1930 - 10 October 2003) was an English television, theatre, ballet and opera set designer.


Julia Trevelyan Oman was born on 11 July 1930 in Kensington, London.[1][2] Her father was Charles Chichele Oman, Keeper of Metalwork at the Victoria and Albert Museum (his father was the military historian and MP Sir Charles Oman), her mother the historian Joan Trevelyan,[3] daughter of Calcutta High Court judge Sir Ernest John Trevelyan.[4] She was educated at Wimbledon College of Art and then at the Royal College of Art, where she won a silver medal in 1955.[2][5]

Among the BBC television programmes Oman worked on were Dixon of Dock Green and the Billy Cotton Band Show.[3] In 1966 she won the designer of the year award for her contribution to Jonathan Miller's television production of Alice in Wonderland.[4] In 1968 she won the Plays and Players "Best Set" award for Brief Lives, directed by Patrick Garland, with whom she worked on several occasions. She later designed sets for the Chichester Festival, Hamburg State Opera, the Glyndebourne Festival, the National Theatre, the Royal Opera House, and the Royal Shakespeare Company.[2]

Oman married the art historian Roy Strong on 10 September 1971,[1][2] at Wilmcote church, near Stratford-upon-Avon, with a special licence from the Archbishop of Canterbury. She was 41 and her husband 35.[3] They lived at Much Birch, Herefordshire, where they made one of Britain's largest post-war formal gardens, The Laskett. In 1995 they commissioned the artist Jonathan Myles-Lea to paint a 'portrait' of the house and gardens and the painting The Laskett was completed the same year. She and Strong also wrote books together.[1]

Oman appeared as a "castaway" on the BBC Radio programme Desert Island Discs on 18 December 1971,[6] and was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1986.[1]

Death and legacy

She died at Much Birch, on 10 October 2003, of pancreatic cancer.[1]

A number of her paintings, including a self-portrait, are in the University of Bristol's Theatre Collection.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e Alan Strachan "Obituary: Julia Trevelyan Oman", Archived 1 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine The Independent, 13 October 2003
  2. ^ a b c d "Julia Trevelyan Oman". Royal Opera House. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "Julia Trevelyan Oman (Obituary)", The Daily Telegraph, 12 October 2003
  4. ^ a b Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  5. ^ David Buckman (2006). Artists in Britain Since 1945 Vol 2, M to Z. Art Dictionaries Ltd. ISBN 0-953260-95-X.
  6. ^ "Desert Island Discs - Castaway : Julia Trevelyan Oman". BBC Online. BBC. Retrieved 2014.
  7. ^ "Self Portrait of Julia Trevelyan Oman". Art Fund UK.

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