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Dr Amanda Richardson

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Dr Amanda Richardson, BA (Hons), MA, PhD (Southampton), FSA

I have a background in both history and archaeology and my research interests have focused on landscape history, chiefly that of medieval forests and deer parks, each of which is currently a vibrant topic of historical study.

After having written on the fallow deer as a symbol of English national identity in the late-medieval and early modern periods, my latest academic interest is in the cultural history of animals. I have introduced, from 2019, an exciting and well-received new module at level 6, ‘Birds, Beasts and Bestiaries: animals and animal symbolism in late medieval and Renaissance Europe, c.1100-1650’.

I am also interested in the archaeology and history of gender, and my earliest publications explored the use of space in high-status buildings, with particular attention to what this can reveal about medieval gender ideologies. 

These interests underpin my teaching, in that I encourage students to use material culture (e.g. the built environment, designed landscapes, art, and other cultural artefacts) as historical ‘evidence’, alongside written sources. Hence my level five module ‘The Material World’ explores various aspects of material culture including Chichester’s historic buildings.

I teach modules in late-medieval history at all levels, and am currently programme leader for the BA (Hons) Medieval and Early Modern History.

Another interest is the interface between history and heritage/ public history, and I co-ordinate the level 5 work placement module, which allows students to make a real contribution to the dissemination of historical knowledge at local heritage sites.

Some of them have gone on to work in the heritage industry, notably at Tintagel and Petworth House (both National Trust). 


Current Undergraduate Teaching 

  • ‘Birds, Beasts and Bestiaries: Animals and Animal Symbolism in Late Medieval and Renaissance Europe c.1100-1650’
  • Culture and Civilisation in Late-Medieval England c.1200-1550
  • England in Europe c.1154-c.1400: An Introduction to the Late-Medieval World
  • Kingship, Queenship and Power in Late-Medieval and Early Modern Europe
  • The Physical Past: Landscapes and Heritage from Antiquity to the Present
  • Work Placement: Applied History or Politics in the Workplace

Current MA teaching

  • Contribution to MA in Cultural History - 'Myths of Robin Hood' (4 sessions) - 'Robin Hood through the Ages'

Grants and Prizes

  • Institute of Historical Research (Scouloudi) scholarship awarded for completion of PhD study (2003)
  • Arts and Humanities Research Board (now AHRC) studentship awarded for PhD study (1999-2002)

Editorial/Advisory Positions

  • Assistant Book Reviews Editor for the Antiquaries Journal (journal of the Society of Antiquaries of London, 2015-17)
  • Examiner for prospective Hamble Valley and Eastleigh (Hampshire) Heritage guides (2016)
  • Editorial board member for publication resulting from the Colloque International Chantilly (France), 17-18 November 2015, on topic of woodlands and forest in Europe, 14th-19thC
  • Contributor to the Clarendon Conservation Management Plan, ‘Clarendon Palace [Wiltshire] and Inner Park Pale: project design for future management and conservation’ (bid: Natural England/English Heritage Capital Code: CP 18 HAP, Summer 2015)
  • Co-investigator, Clarendon Park and Palace research project, University of Winchester  
  • Period/regional specialist on Steering Committee of AHRC-funded project ‘Dama International: Fallow Deer and European Society 6000 BC - AD 1600’ The Fallow Deer Project
  • Adviser (re the medieval park) for Cambridge Architectural Research’s Conservation Management Plan for the Royal Observatory, Greenwich (2013)
  • External Examiner, University of Sussex CCE, Archaeology and Landscape BA and MA, 2009-13
  • Subject Adviser, Medieval History for Dummies (Chichester: Wiley, 2010), 2009-10
  • External Examiner, Chichester College, Humanities and Social Sciences access courses, 2007-9
  • Local History Editor for the journal Hampshire Studies, 2007-10
  • Assistant Book Reviews Editor for the journal Medieval Archaeology, 1999-2005


  • BBC1 (Spring 2012) ‘Britain’s Lost Routes with Griff Rhys Jones’. Episode 1, on Elizabeth I’s 1574 progress through Gloucestershire
  • BBC Radio Solent (2005). Feature on the 790th anniversary of the Magna Carta

Fellowships and Societies

  • Chairperson, Friends of Clarendon Palace, 2013-present
  • Elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (FSA), 2010
  • Member of the Society for Medieval Archaeology
  • Member of the Society for Landscape Studies


‘Gender, Space and Status in the Sixteenth-Century English deer park: with reference to the Framlingham Park Game Roll (1515-19) and George Penruddock’s Ranger’s Book (1572-5), in A. Richardson and M. Allen, eds, Building on the Past: essays in honour of Tom Beaumont James Archaeopress, 2020, forthcoming).

‘Gender and Space in English Royal Palaces c.1160-1547: a study in access analysis and imagery’, republished in Medieval Archaeology, ed. Roberta Gilchrist (Routledge, 2018)

‘Gender and Space in the Later Middle Ages: past, present, and future routes’, in C.M. Gerrard and A. Gutierrez (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Later Medieval Archaeology in Britain (Oxford University Press, 2018)

‘Leaps and Bounds: deer parks and fallow deer in constructions of English national identity from the 16th to the early 18th century’, in Florent Mérot et al., (eds), Les forêts européennes: Gestions, exploitations et représentations, Xie-XIXe siècles (Bordeaux University Press, 2018)

‘Pale Reflections? Deer Parks in Contemporary Writings from the Sixteenth to the Later Nineteenth Century’ in C. Donovan (ed.) A Fresh Approach: Essays Presented to Colin Platt in Celebration of his Eightieth Birthday (Bristol: Trouser Press, 2014)

‘Greenwich’s First Royal Landscape: the Lost Palace and Park of Humphrey of Gloucester’, Southern History 34 (2012)

‘"Riding like Alexander, Hunting like Diana", Gendered aspects of the Medieval Hunt and its Landscape Settings’, Gender and History, Issue 24.2 (2012)

‘Beyond the Castle Gate: The role of royal landscapes in constructions of English medieval kingship and queenship’, Concilium Medii Aevi (special edition: ‘Lordship and Castle Landscapes: Franconian and international studies in comparison), Band 14, (2011)

‘Putting the “Royal” Back into Forests: kingship, largesse, patronage and management in a group of Wessex forests in the 13th and 14th centuries’, in J. Langton and G. Jones (eds), Forests and Chases of England and Wales to circa 1500 (Oxford: St John’s College, 2010)

‘The Royal Parkscapes of Medieval England: a landscape approach’, in R. Liddiard (ed.), The Medieval Park: New Perspectives (Macclesfield: Windgather Press, 2007)

‘“Hedging, Ditching and Other Improper Occupations”: royal landscapes and their meaning under Edward II and Edward III’, in J. Hamilton (ed.), Fourteenth Century England IV (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2006)

‘Women, Castles and Palaces’, in M. C. Schaus (ed.), Women and Gender in Medieval Europe: An Encyclopaedia (New York: Routledge, 2006)

The Forest, Park and Palace Of Clarendon, c.1200-c.1650: reconstructing an actual, conceptual and documented Wiltshire landscape, British Archaeological Reports, British Series 387 (Oxford: Archaeopress, 2005)

‘Corridors of Power: a case study in access analysis from medieval Salisbury, England’, Antiquity 77 no. 296 (2003)

‘Gender and Space in English Royal Palaces c.1160-c.1547: a study in access analysis and imagery’, Medieval Archaeology 47 (2003).

In Preparation

Works in preparation include a major revision of my article ‘[Women,] Castles and Palaces’ (2006) for the ‘Gender, Families, Communities, and Individuals’ section of the forthcoming Routledge Medieval Encyclopedia Online, edited by Ruth Mazo Karras, to be published in 2019.

I am also organising and joint-editing with Dr Mark Allen (University of Winchester) a major collection of essays on regional history, the chapters of which will range from the Anglo-Saxon period to the 20th century.


Conference Papers and Conference Organisation

Nov 2019, Joint organiser, Annual Clarendon Lecture, Salisbury Museum, Alex Langlands on ‘Beornwyn, Byrtferth, Burials and Burhs: The Clarendon Environs in the Early Medieval Period'

Nov 2018, Joint organiser, Annual Clarendon Lecture, Salisbury Museum, James Wright on ‘From Clarendon to Cambridge: Great Houses during the Reign of Henry VI’

Oct 2018, Society for Court Studies seminar, ‘Hunting, Hounds and Hospitality: Gendered Aspects of the Late Medieval and Early Modern Royal Hunt’

July 2018, International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, ‘Pale Reflections? Cultural Constructions of the Medieval Deer Park in the 16th and Early 17th Centuries’, in the session ‘Remembering the Royal Hunt’

April 2018, Medieval Settlement Research Group spring conference, Canterbury Christ Church University, ‘Forests and Settlement’

Jan 2018, Hampshire Field Club Annual Local History Lecture, ‘Hunting, Hounds and Hospitality in 16th-century English deer parks: a social and gendered perspective’, Hampshire Record Office, Winchester


Oct 2017, Joint organiser, Annual Clarendon Lecture, Salisbury Museum, Prof. Christopher Norton on ‘Clarendon, Salisbury and Medieval Decorated Floor Tiles in Wessex’

March 2017, Tancred Borenius Seminar, Finnish Ambassador’s Residence, Kensington Palace Gardens, London, ‘Borenius and the Medieval Royal Palace of Clarendon, Wiltshire: Excavations and Legacy’

Feb 2017, International Medieval Seminar, University of Girona, Spain, ‘Medieval deer parks and English national identity in the 16th and 17th centuries’

Jan 2017, Wessex Centre for History and Archaeology Research Seminar, ‘"Almost everywhere a man may see… parks paled and enclosed, full of venerie": deer parks, fallow deer and English national identity from the 16th to the early 18th century’, University of Winchester


Nov 2016, keynote speaker, ‘Leaps and Bounds: deer parks and fallow deer in constructions of English national identity from the 16th to the early 18th century’, Council for British Archaeology South-East annual conference, Sevenoaks School, Kent

Nov 2016, Joint organiser, Annual Clarendon Lecture, Salisbury Museum, Prof. Carenza Lewis on ‘Wiltshire Settlements and the Black Death: new approaches to reconstructing population change’

Sept 2016, Joint organiser, ‘The 850th Anniversary of the Assize of Clarendon’ (17 September 2016, Salisbury Museum)

Nov 2015, Colloque International Chantilly (France), 17-18 November, ‘After the Royal Forests: deer parks and hunting in constructions of English national identity from the 16th to the 19th century’

Nov 2015, Joint organiser, Annual Clarendon Lecture, Salisbury Museum, Dr Paul Seaward on ‘Clarendon’s Clarendon: Edward Hyde (1609-74) and Wiltshire’

Aug 2015, research workshop leader (medieval deer parks) for ‘Secrets of the High Woods’ project, South Downs National Park (12 August, South Downs Centre, Midhurst)

Nov 2014, Joint organiser, Annual Clarendon Lecture, Salisbury Museum, Prof. David Carpenter on ‘The Salisbury Magna Carta’

Sept 2014, Joint organiser, ‘The 850th Anniversary of the Constitutions of Clarendon’ (19- 20 September 2014, Salisbury Museum). 

Sept 2014, Joint organiser, AHRC-funded conference, ‘Animals! Understanding human culture through the ubiquitous others’ (6-7 Sept, University of Chichester)

June 2013, International Medieval Meeting, University of Lleida, Catalonia, ‘Lordship, Landscape and Identity: the performance of authority in the lands of the late medieval queens of England’

Sept 2012, The Fifteenth Century Conference, ‘The Elusive Duke: Humphrey of Gloucester’s Palace and Park at Greenwich’

Nov 2011, Annual Clarendon Lecture, Salisbury Museum, ‘“If you go down to the woods today”: Clarendon Forest and Park c.1200-1650’.

Sept 2011, Society for Court Studies Conference, Greenwich, ‘Did Late- Medieval Noblewomen hunt?: Some Evidence Using English Queens Consort as Case Studies’.

July 2011, International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds. ‘“Riding like Alexander, Hunting like Diana”: Gendered Aspects of the Medieval Hunt and its Landscape Settings’.

Sept 2010, Wessex Centre for History and Archaeology Conference ‘Woodlands, Forests and Parks in Wessex’, University of Winchester: ‘Putting the “royal” Back into Forests: patronage & largesse in a group of Wessex forests under Henry III & after’.

July 2010, International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds. ‘Queenship & the Landscape: lordship & agency in the estates of English medieval queens’.

Feb 2010, University of Würzburg conference, ‘Herrschaft & Burgenlandschaften: Fränkische & Internationale Forschung im Vergleich’: ‘Beyond the Castle Gate: The role of royal landscapes in constructions of English medieval kingship - and queenship’.

Feb 2010, University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education conference, ‘Medieval Parks: Recent Research’: ‘Putting the “Royal” Back into Forests: the role of medieval hunting landscapes in constructions of kingship - and queenship’.

Sept 2009, Institute of Historical Research workshop ‘Women in the Later Medieval Economy and Related Social Issues’: ‘Late-Medieval Queens Consort: control and [landed] resources’.

Sept 2008, Joint organiser, AHRC-backed conference, ‘People and Place: Landscape and Identity through Time’, University of Chichester (with Nottingham University and the Sussex Archaeological Society): Paper entitled ‘Medieval Parks: authority & access’.

Sept 2008, The Fifteenth Century Conference, University of Wales, Aberystwyth: ‘Medieval Parks: Authority & Access’ (assistant organiser).

July 2008, International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds: ‘Changing Woodland Management in the Early Modern period: the evidence from Clarendon, Wiltshire’.

Sept 2007, Biodiversity and Landscape History Research Institute Conference, ‘The History, Ecology and Archaeology of Medieval Parks’, Sheffield Hallam University: ‘The King’s Chief Delights”: the use, design and symbolism of royal deer parks in the later Middle Ages’.

July 2007, International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds. Organiser of interdisciplinary conference strand ‘The Medieval Park: New Perspectives’.

June 2007, Institute of Historical Research Locality and Region Seminar: ‘Artificial Compositions: Gardens, Parks and Conceptions of landscape in England at the End of the Middle Ages’.

PHD Supervision

I am interested in supervising MPhil and PhD students in British social and cultural history or interpretive archaeology c.1150-1700, with a particular focus on gender and material culture (e.g. buildings, landscapes, clothing and artistic representations).

I have supervised three candidates to completion, working on the socio-cultural meanings of medieval and early modern giants; the progresses of Elizabeth I in Hampshire and Sussex, and timber framed buildings in Hampshire c.1250-1530.

I am currently second supervisor to two research students, researching the literary evolution of the wizard from the Middle Ages to the present, and the British Civil Wars (1642-51) and the English arms industry.

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