I am an Associate Lecturer with the Department of History and Politics at the University of Chichester and a part-time lecturer at the University of Winchester, where I have amassed wide teaching experience at all University levels over the past decade. Throughout my BA, MA and PhD research I studied both History and Archaeology, specialising in chantry chapels, churches, intercession and late medieval religion. Therefore I encourage students to use material culture (e.g.buildings, art, and other cultural artefacts) as historical ‘evidence’, alongside written sources. I came to academia after an earlier career as a diamond sorter and valuer, and a business owner.
My teaching and research have focused on the political aspects and material impact of events in the period 1300-1550 both in the Church and society, particularly the late-medieval doctrine of Purgatory and its outward manifestations of chapels and altars, where dedicated Masses could be performed to alleviate the expected horrors of the afterlife. This has been placed into the context of the late medieval period as a whole. At present I am completing a book based on my teaching experience with new undergraduates studying the late-medieval period. It will offer a thematic approach to the period 1300-1550 across Europe, aiming to help students understand the era beyond more traditional chronological approaches.
2015 An Introduction to European Medieval History: A Thematic Approach, Routledge (Publication date 15/4/2016)
2013 ‘Chantries and Chantry Chapels’, Cathedrals and Monasteries, A Christianity and Culture Resource, ed. D. Dyas, University of York (CD)
2010 ‘The Cage Chantries of Christchurch Priory’, Memory and Commemoration in Medieval England, Proceedings of the 2008 Harlaxton Symposium, eds. C M Barron
and C Burgess (Donington)
2009 ‘The Chantries and Chantry Chapels of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle’, Southern History, 31
HIL 141 – Game of Thrones: The Hundred Years’ War 1337-1453
HIL 140 – The Black Death
HIL 233 – Culture and Civilisation in Late Medieval England (Guest Lecturer since 2008)
Intercession for the soul in the Late Medieval period and changes in doctrine in the sixteenth century
Church and ecclesiastical history
Church and chapel buildings, burials sequences and decoration
The transition from school to university study, especially for prospective medievalists
FELLOWSHIPS AND SOCIETIES
Membership Secretary for the Southern History Society
Secretary of the Friends of Clarendon Palace
RECENT CONFERENCE PAPERS
Winchester Cathedral guides- The Chantries and Chantry Chapels of Winchester Cathedral – October 2015
Salisbury Cathedral Guides – The Chantries and Chantry Chapels of Salisbury Cathedral – November 2014
University of Winchester – The Nature and Extent of the Royal Family 1399-1509, Kings and Queens 1 – Networks, July 2013
University of Helsinki – Preparing for Death: The Intercessionary Tactics of William Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester 1366-1404, Preparing for Death in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe, March 2013
Centre for Wessex History and Archeology – Chantries of Salisbury Cathedral, Death & Commemoration in Salisbury & Wessex in the Later Middle Ages, March 2013
Rye Medieval Symposium – Chantries and Cage Chantries in Southern England, Rye, October 2012
Lower Test Valley Historical Association- The Intercessionary Monuments of Salisbury Cathedral, Seminar Series, Romsey, March 2012
University of Reading – Invisible Chantries: the Monastic Experience, Reading University Late Medieval and Early Modern Seminar Series, January 2012
My interests lie primarily in the history of Britain in the second half of the 20th century, and particularly in the interaction between politics and popular culture. In an era dominated by the mass media, it is often the artefacts designed to be disposable – pop music, stand-up comedy, paperback fiction, sport, pornography, television sitcoms and soaps – that reflect the state of society most authentically and that pre-empt political developments.
I am a social and cultural historian of 17th-century Sussex. My publication outputs are characterised by micro-analyses which investigate the social, material and spatial worlds of non-elite men and women.
University of Chichester,
West Sussex, PO19 6PE View Map