I am currently a freelance art historian with a specialist background in architecture of the churches, cathedrals and monasteries of medieval England in their wider European context. Since finishing my PhD at The Courtauld Institute of Art, I have undertaken freelance research projects for English Heritage, regarding new Battle Abbey site interpretation; and the Burrell Collection, on their architectural sculpture. I have numerous academic publications (many of which can accessed from the links below), have lectured widely, and have taught a course at undergraduate (BA1) and acted as a teaching assistant at BA2 and masters level at The Courtauld Institute of Art, as well as leading architectural tours for Martin Randall Travel and Villiers Park Education.
I am a board member, editor and fieldwork of the charitable trust the Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain and Ireland. I also run the social media accounts and websites for CRSBI. I was a council member of the British Archaeological Association and officer for its study days and website for 2016-2019.
- The Courtauld Institute of Art: October 2011 – July 2015
Ph.D. in the History of Art
Sedilia in Medieval England (Supervised by Prof. Joanna Cannon and Prof. David Park), AHRC full award for three years, Courtauld scholarship awarded Oct 2015.Viva by Prof. Richard Fawcett (University of St Andrews) and Dr Zoë Opačić (Birkbeck College, University of London), 24th Feb 2015.The Courtauld Institute of Art unfortunately does not share the digital copies of its theses with the British Library EThOS service, and only facilitates restricted access to the hard-copy thesis in its university library. Therefore I will always keep my thesis for download below.
- The Courtauld Institute of Art: October 2010 – June 2011
MA in the History of Art
- Course: Artists and Friars: The Renewal of Painting in Italy in the 13th and 14th centuries (Prof. Cannon) – distinction.
- Dissertation: The Harington Tomb in Cartmel Priory: Making, Agency and Audience (Supervised by Prof. Cannon and Prof. Paul Crossley) – distinction.
- Dissertation: The Fourteenth Century Choir Stalls of Lancaster Priory (since published, see below)
- Outstanding Academic Achievement Award 2008/9 – Awarded to top 30 performing graduands of the University. £1,000 prize.
- Roger Jones Memorial Prize for Academic Excellence 2007/8 – £200 prize.The University of Manchester: September 2006 – June 2009
BA Art History and Visual Studies – First Class
- Press column: “Parish Dues”, Insight piece in Apollo Magazine, December 2019.
- Book chapter: “From hole-in-the-wall to heavenly mansions: The microarchitectural development of sedilia in thirteenth-century England”, Microarchitectures médiévales: l’échelle à l’épreuve de la matière (Paris: Institut national d’histoire de l’art, 2018), 151-159.
- Book chapter: “Materiality and Reflexivity between Sedilia and Choir Stalls in Medieval England” in Choir Stalls and their Workshops: Proceedings of the Misericordia International Colloquium 2016, eds Willy Piron and Anja Seliger (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017), 144-165.
- Church Crawling”, Column in True Principles: The Journal of the Pugin Society 5:2 (Summer 2017), pp. 106-110.
- Journal article: “The Englishness of English Sedilia” British Art Studies 6, Summer 2017 – open access.
- Book chapter: “Competing for dextra cornu magnum altaris: funerary monuments and liturgical seating in English churches” in Fifty Years after Panofsky’s Tomb Sculpture , ed. Ann Adams and Jessica Barker (London: Courtauld Books Online, 2016) – open access.
- Journal article: “‘Sedilia in choro sunt fracta’: The Medieval Nomenclature of seating in churches” Journal of the British Archaeological Association 168, 2015.
- Journal article: “The Fourteenth-Century Choir Stalls of Lancaster Priory“ CeNtre WoRdS 8 (Lancaster, Lancaster University Centre for North-West Regional Studies, 2009)
- Fifty English Steeples: The Finest Medieval Parish Church Towers and Spires in England, Julian Flannery, Burlington Magazine, February 2019.
- Norwich: Medieval and Early Modern Art, Architecture and Archaeology, eds T.A. Heslop and Helen Lunnon, Speculum, September 2019.
- Romanesque and the Past, eds. John McNeill and Richard Plant, Burlington Magazine, August 2017.
- The Howards and the Tudors: Studies in Science and Heritage, ed. Phillip Lindley, Journal of the British Archaeological Association, 2018.
- “Gothic on Trial” – Review of Stephen Murray’s Plotting Gothic and Jonathan Foyle’s Lincoln Cathedral. Marginalia, A Los Angeles Review of Books channel, August 1 2016.
- Bedfordshire, Huntingdonshire and Peterborough, Charles O’Brien and Nikolaus Pevsner, immediations: The Courtauld’s Postgraduate Research Journal Vol. 3 No. 3, 2014.
Unpublished conference papers
- “The standing fabric of the collegiate church of St Mary, Shrewsbury: some problems and suggestions”, British Archaeological Association Conference 2019: Medieval Art, Architecture and Archaeology in Shrewsbury and Mid-Shropshire, July 2019.
- “When it comes to the clunch… Material, form and function in the Gothic chancels of Cambridgeshire”, British Archaeological Association Conference 2018: Cambridge: College, Church and City, September 2018.
- “Spot the altar: locating the liturgy in the Romanesque parish church” CRSBI session at Leeds International Medieval Conference, July 2018.
- “Crossing the threshold: The layperson’s experience in the parish church chancel”, Pilgrimage: Location and Imagination – Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust annual conference, Wolfson College, Cambridge, 16 April 2016.
- “Modes of modo et forma in the fourteenth-century English Parish Church” , A day seminar in celebration of the work of Dr Richard K. Morris, The Courtauld Institute of Art (organised by the British Archaeological Association), 20 February 2016.
Watch me give this paper on YouTube!
- “Bums on seats: Between material and documentary evidence in the study of parish church sedilia” “Flaws” London Medieval Graduate Network conference 2014, UCL, 29th May 2014.
- “The Judgement on the Harington Tomb at Cartmel Priory” Courtauld 18th Annual Medieval Postgraduate Student Colloquium, The Courtauld Institute of Art, 2 Feb 2013.
- Towards an Art History of the Parish Church, 1200-1399, The Courtauld Institute of Art, 2 – 3 June 2017 (jointly with Meg Bernstein, University of California Los Angeles, Courtauld institutional Kress Fellow 2015-17)
Cultural tours led
- 25 – 29 June 2018: Medieval Middle England for Martin Randall Travel.
- 14 – 16 May 2019: Suffolk excursions to Clare, Kedington, Bury St Edmunds and Long Melford for Martin Randall Travel, around Fitzwilliam String Quartet music residency in Lavenham
- 10 – 14 June 2019: Yorkshire Churches & Cathedrals – Abbeys, cathedrals & parish churches for Martin Randall Travel
- 28 – 1 July 2019: Cathedrals & Abbeys of the North – Magnificent mediaeval architecture in England for the Cultural Travel Co
- 22 – 24 July 2019: Anglo-Saxon & Norman History & Architecture for Villiers Park Educational Trust
- 5 – 8 September 2019: Medieval Cambridge: History & Architecture for Villiers Park Educational Trust
General public talks and seminars
- “The English Parish Church Chancel as Architectural Genre”, British Archaeological Association, Society of Antiquaries at Burlington House, Piccadilly, 6 December 2017
Watch me give this paper on YouTube!
- “Architecture & Ritual: the English Parish Church Chancel” Morley Medieval Society, Morley College, Lambeth, 20 November 2015.
- “Sedilia in English churches: Development of a genre through function and form” Microarchitecture and Miniaturized Representations of Buildings: Different Scales for Different Materials?, Paris, Institut national d’histoire de l’art, 8-10 December 2014.
Watch me give this paper on Canal-U.tv!
- “Real Priests sit on stone: Witnessing sedilia in England’s churches” Material Witness Valedictorial Event, 8 July 2014.
- “Sedilia in English Churches: The development of an idea” History of Art Lecture series, Warburg Institute. 9 June 2014.
- “Sedilia in English Churches” Lunchtime Research Seminar, Mellon Centre for British Art, London. 21 Feb 2014.
- “The Eleanor Crosses: Heralding a new style” – London Cultural Connections King’s College London, 16 Oct 2012. Awarded first prize: £100
Other academic activity
- Council member, 2015-2019 and co-Honorary Study Days Organiser, 2016-2019, British Archaeological Association.
- Editor and website/social media officer, 2016-, The Corpus of Romanesque sculpture of Britain and Ireland.
- MA Methodologies Teaching Assistant, 2015 and Associate Lecturer (course: Westminster Abbey) and BA2 Teaching assistant, 2016-17, The Courtauld Institute of Art.
- Research Forum Administrative Assistant, Communications (0.6 FTE), Jan 2016 – July 2017, The Courtauld Institute of Art.
- Member of Courtauld Postgraduate Advisory Group (PAG), 2012-15.
- Editor of Courtauld Critics of exhibition reviews on the Research Forum blog, 2012-5.
- Founding designer of MedievalArtResearch.com
- Regular contributor to The Courtauld Research Forum The Courtauld Research Forum blog, 2012-5.
- Becoming a Public Intellectual, Open University programme, CHASE initiative, 2013/4. Participant.
- Material Witness, University of Kent programme, CHASE initiative 2013/4, 2014/5. Participant