Merlin Waterson is an architectural historian and author of books on social history, conservation and philanthropy.
He was educated at King’s College Cambridge, where he read History of Art. He joined the staff of the National Trust in 1970 and was Regional Director, East Anglia from 1981 to 2002; and Director of Historic Properties from 2002 to 2004. In 1996 to 1997 he was seconded to the Heritage Lottery Fund (now The National Lottery Heritage Fund), to be Policy Adviser on Built Heritage and Historic Properties.
He is a former Commissioner of the Royal Hospital Chelsea. He currently serves on the Council, and is the former Chairman, of the Architectural Heritage Fund. He is a trustee of the East Anglia Art Fund, and was formerly a trustee of Stoneleigh Abbey and of Quarry Bank Mill, Styal. He is a Member of the Society of Wood Engravers and exhibits regularly.