Dr James Alexander Cameron

James Alexander Cameron and the 15thc painted Doom tympanum at Wenhaston, Suffolk

James Alexander Cameron is a freelance art and architectural historian with a specialist background and active interest in architecture and material culture of the parish churches, cathedrals and monasteries of medieval England in their wider European context. He took a BA in art history and visual studies at the University of Manchester, gaining a university-wide award for excellence (in the top 30 graduands of the year 2008/9), and then went to take masters and PhD degrees at The Courtauld Institute of Art, London.

Since gaining his doctorate, he has worked on freelance research projects for English Heritage (regarding new Battle Abbey site interpretation); the Burrell Collection (medieval architectural sculpture) and St Albans Abbey (a project on the possible original colouring of the medieval high altar screen). From 2020 he worked for Bill Harvey Associates on the design and authorship of masonry bridges on Britain’s railways, and in 2021 worked on-site aiding in the firm’s photogrammetry surveys of medieval bridges on the Warwickshire Avon, including the Clopton Bridge in Stratford-Upon-Avon.

He has numerous academic publications in journals and essay collections, has lectured widely at international conferences, taught and led seminars at undergraduate and masters level at The Courtauld, and lectures annually at the V&A Academy on medieval architecture and liturgy (from 2023, bi-annually). He has given guest lectures on similar themes at the University of Cambridge (both at BA level in Michaelmas 2020 and annually on the Building History MSt) and the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, as well as leading architectural tours for Martin Randall Travel and Villiers Park Education, Cambridge.

On the 700th anniversary of the failure of Ely Cathedral crossing tower, he guested on the History Hit podcast, Going Medieval.

Any opportunities for consultancy or lecturing to james@stainedglassattitudes.com will be gratefully received.