Dr Matthew Brookhouse holds a sample of the same kind of oak used for the Henry VIII painting. Photo by Jack Fox.

Dr Matthew Brookhouse holds a sample of the same kind of oak used for the Henry VIII painting. Photo by Jack Fox.

Our Lord of the rings

Q&A: Dr Matthew Brookhouse

Dr Matthew Brookhouse, BSc (Forestry) ’97, PhD ’08, loves to peer back through time by examining the growth rings from trees. Yes, he’s a dendrochronologist. And he’s made an amazing discovery about a Henry VIII portrait. Ross Peake reports.

What happened with the painting?