After my Art History BA at the University of Manchester, I went on to take an MA at The Courtauld Institute of Art, and subsequently wrote a PhD there. The Courtauld does not make its students’ theses public on the British Library’s EThOS, so this is the only place you can read it.
- Part 1 (the text)
- Part 2 (the complete sedilia handlist of England and Wales)
- Part 3 (the illustrations)
You may also be interested in my MA and BA dissertations.
- The Harington Tomb in Cartmel Priory: Making, Agency and Audience .
- The Fourteenth Century Choir Stalls of Lancaster Priory (since published, see below)
- Book chapter: “A New Angle on Simone Martini’s Holy Family“, Late Medieval Italian Art and its Contexts: Essays in Honour of Professor Joanna Cannon, eds Donal Cooper and Beth Williamson (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2022), 229-247.
- Short contribution: “Between British and English: Racial Shibboleths in Medieval Architecture“, Conversation Piece: “British Art after Brexit”, British Art Studies 20, Paul Mellon Centre, July 2021 – open access
- Press column: “Parish Dues: England’s Parish Churches in Peril“, 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, Jean Marie-Guillouët and Ambre Vilain (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)
- Memory and Redemption: Public Monuments and the Making of Late Medieval Landscape, Achim Timmermann, Burlington Magazine, September 2020
- 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
- 5 – 8 September 2019: Medieval Cambridge: History & Architecture for Villiers Park Educational Trust
- 22 – 24 July 2019: Anglo-Saxon & Norman History & Architecture for Villiers Park Educational Trust
- 28 – 1 July 2019: Cathedrals & Abbeys of the North – Magnificent mediaeval architecture in England for the Cultural Travel Co
- 10 – 14 June 2019: Yorkshire Churches & Cathedrals – Abbeys, cathedrals & parish churches 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
- 25 – 29 June 2018: Medieval Middle England for Martin Randall Travel.
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 the BAA’s YouTube!
- “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!