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. (more…)
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. (more…)
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!) (more…)
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.
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…
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. (more…)