Those Walls Can Talk!

In my recent ‘History Matters’ article for History Today (March 2018), I discuss how the seemingly insignificant objects of our daily lives, notably buildings, are actually vital tools to understanding our past. If important abilities and qualities of mind are acquired through the study of history, its ‘stuff’, then a person’s home represents the evolving character of who they really are. Continue reading “Those Walls Can Talk!”


HERStory: A brand new series from Viral History

To mark the 1-year anniversary of the fabulous YouTube channel, Viral History, they have released a brand new series of films celebrating some of the best female historians around. Continue reading “HERStory: A brand new series from Viral History”

PGDip in Parish Church Studies: future collaboration!

As the PGDip in Parish Church Studies programme goes from strength to strength, I wanted to let you in on a very exciting forthcoming collaboration between the course and a wonderful organisation dedicated to protecting our nation’s churches, though I can’t say too much at this present moment (frustrating, I know, but I promise I will reveal all as soon as I can). Continue reading “PGDip in Parish Church Studies: future collaboration!”

The new MA in English Building History

A little late to be classified as “news” perhaps, but I am delighted to announce that the new MA in English Building History (which I developed) is now available at the University of York, with applications for the September 2018 intake open (though places are almost filled!) Continue reading “The new MA in English Building History”

Heaven On Earth: The Lives and Legacies of the World’s Greatest Cathedrals

After several months of keeping this very big secret, I am extremely proud to announce my next book: Heaven On Earth, an illuminating narrative of the conception and legacies of twenty of the world’s greatest cathedrals interwoven with an exploration of the lives, legends and scandals of the people who built them. Heaven On Earth will be published by Head of Zeus, and as soon as I have a confirmed release date, I will post it. I don’t want to give away too much more at this time, but if you would like an idea of what can be expected from the book, the synopsis can be found below.

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How naughty was the past?

Hidden messages and tongue-in-cheek depictions were widespread throughout medieval churches. But was the medieval world simply rife with satire or did these etchings and carvings hold deeper meanings? Here, Dr Emma J Wells from the University of York explores seven of the most curious examples…

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Pilgrim Routes

Just a quick reminder that there are a few remaining tickets available for my talk on ‘Pilgrim Routes of the British Isles’ at Ripon International Festival, Tuesday 6th September, 3pm at Ripon Spa Hotel.  Continue reading “Pilgrim Routes”

My travels this summer – literary festival appearances

Just a quick note to say I shall be out ‘n’ about this summer, traversing the moors, dales and peaks of the North, as I promote my forthcoming book, Pilgrim Routes of the British IslesContinue reading “My travels this summer – literary festival appearances”

The Listed Property Show

I have been invited to speak on the importance of researching your home at The Listed Property Show (in association with Historic England), on Sunday 13th March at Harrogate HIC  one of two locations of the Listed Property Owners Club annual event.

If you are maintaining, altering or renovating your listed home – or even looking to buy one – The Listed Property Show is not to be missed!

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