I think that I’m an art historian who specialises in medieval parish church architecture, particularly the explosion of creativity and artistic production that happened in early-fourteenth-century England. I’m generally fascinated by ecclesiastical architecture, basically because you don’t usually have to pay to see it. I’m also deeply engaged, in a sort of T. S. Eliot way, by Anglo-Catholic ritual and history, so am not afraid to get my right knee dirty on occasion. I’ve made a huge database (some 1,300 entries) on medieval sedilia in England for my PhD thesis, and am looking to start a similar research project on the English parish church chancel, if any institution believes me that there’s more to English parish churches than post-communion coffee and biscuits.
I’m a pretty rubbish medievalist, because I think Victorian stained glass is often of aesthetic merit, and there was one occasion that I said something complimentary about a Baroque church. I think it’s very important for academia and the humanities to engage with a larger public, and try and bring some sense of the intellectual process of irreverent discussion and debate that goes into the production of our footnoted and peer-review journal articles. This blog was started when I was undertaking my PhD at The Courtauld Institute of Art on sedilia – the stone seats for the priest, deacon and subdeacon often found in English medieval churches. It has been a way to try out various ideas to relate my research and interests to a wide audience: some of which, especially the wonky arches of Great Mistakes in English Medieval Architecture, have been surprisingly successful.
I currently don’t have an academic position at the moment, so gizzajob, mate.