Julia Trevelyan Oman
|Died||10 October 2003 (aged 73)|
|Occupation||Set designer in television, theatre, ballet & opera|
|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. 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, daughter of Calcutta High Court judge Sir Ernest John Trevelyan. She was educated at Wimbledon College of Art and then at the Royal College of Art, where she won a silver medal in 1955.
Among the BBC television programmes Oman worked on were Dixon of Dock Green and the Billy Cotton Band Show. In 1966 she won the designer of the year award for her contribution to Jonathan Miller's television production of Alice in Wonderland. 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.
Oman married the art historian Roy Strong on 10 September 1971, at Wilmcote church, near Stratford-upon-Avon, with a special licence from the Archbishop of Canterbury. She was 41 and her husband 35. 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.