I am Lecturer in Archaeological Heritage, a post which contributes to both Archaeology and History programmes.
I have worked in the heritage sector in museum education at Sheffield Museums and Galleries Trust and contributed in teams which produced major galleries and exhibitions at the British Museum and Birmingham Museums Trust. I acted as a specialist curatorial advisor to the Staffordshire Hoard gallery at Birmingham Museums Trust 2011-2014. I also undertake curatorial consultancy and public engagement work.
My research focuses on the political, cultural, social and economic development of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia and its neighbours and on the impact of archaeological discoveries and the relics of the Medieval past on people in the modern day. Prior to joining the University of Chester I have been working as a Research Associate with ‘The Impact of Diasporas on the Making of Britain’, a Leverhulme funded project exploring the impact of the movement of people on the making of Britain in the first Millennium AD via archaeology, history, sociology, linguistics and DNA evidence.
I am keen to develop sustainable heritage partnerships between universities, museums and other researchers and with communities. I am also investigating the impact of museums and heritage volunteering and in cross-disciplinary networks linking researchers with academic, professional and skilled amateur expertise.