Upcoming Public Tours/Study Days:

  • ‘A Masterpiece in Stone: Salisbury Cathedral’, 2 August 2019, Andante Travels/Historical Trips. Book here.
  • Additional tours in creation (York study day and Camino tour TBC) — check back soon for details, with Historical Trips and Travel Editions.

Upcoming Public Talks:

  • ‘The Senses and the Reformation: Worship following the Break with Rome’, Holy Trinity Church, Micklegate, York, 11 May 2019.
  • ‘Two Monasteries, Both Alike in Dignity: Cult rivalry and architectural development over the longue durée of later medieval Canterbury and Durham’, IMC, University of Leeds, July 2019.
  • ‘The Real Downton Abbey’, Lincolnshire Historical Association, Little Hale, Grantham, 6 November 2019.

Recent Events:

  • BBC History Weekend, York (October 2018).
  • IMC (July 2018)
  • YAYAS, the Yorkshire Architectural and York Archaeological Society (January 2018)
  • Courtauld Institute of ArtLondon (June 2017)
  • RHS, University of Chester (April 2017)
  • University College, Oxford (April 2017)
  • University of Huddersfield (April 2017)
  • York Waterstones (October 2016)
  • Storyhouse – Chester Literature Festival (October 2016)
  • White Rose Books, Thirsk (October 2016)
  • Ilkley Literature Festival (October 2016)
  • Ripon International Festival (September 2016)
  • Listed Property Show, Harrogate HIC (March 2016)
  • Masham Local History Group (September 2015)
  • Arkendale WI (February 2015)
  • University of York Autumn Public Lecture Series (December 2014)
  • Bedale Archaeology and History Society (January 2014)
  • Sensing the Sacred: Religion and the Senses, 1300–1800, University of York (June 2013)
  • Religious Men in the Middle Ages, University of Huddersfield (July 2012)
  • Medieval Research Group, University of Leeds (Mar 2012) (invited speaker)
  • Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland (Mar 2012)
  • Institute for Historical Research (Jan 2012)
  • European Reformation Research Group (2011)
  • British Archaeological Association Annual Conference, Newcastle and Northumberland (2010)

Selected Special Lecture Invitations:

  • ‘”Sensing” the Past: Uncovering the Experience of Late Medieval Pilgrimage’, Medieval Research Group, University of Leeds (2012)
  • ‘The architecture of the church in Northeast England’, North Eastern Catholic Society (2014).
  • ‘Unlock The Secrets of Your Home’, Bedale Hall; Mercer Art Gallery (2014)
  • ‘The Secrets behind your Front Door: discovering the history of your home’, NYCRO Local and Family History Day (2014)
  • ‘The Medieval Cult of Durham Cathedral Priory’, Friends of Durham Cathedral (2014)
  • ‘Pilgrimage in the North’, Durham WHS Public Lecture Series 2012–13, invited by Dr Sarah Semple to speak alongside eminent scholars inc. Dame Professor Rosemary Cramp, Professor Chris Gerrard, and Dr Dave Petts (2013).
  • The Beauty of Stained Glass’, Mini Archaeology Series, Life Science Centre, Newcastle (2011).
  • (And coordinator of stained glass exhibition) – Community Medieval Day, St. Margaret’s Church, Durham (2010).
  • ‘The monumental and the private: the sensory experience of medieval pilgrimage art and architecture’, New Approaches to Medieval Religious Cultures, German Historical Institute and Birmingham University (2010)

Possible Titles for Talks include:

  • Monks Behaving Badly
  • More TV, vicar? Oh my! The clergy and British film through history.
  • How to Build a Cathedral
  • How Naughty was the Past?: The hidden depths of the art and architecture of the medieval church
  • Spiritual Pleasures: The “Private” Life of the Parish Church
  • Those Walls Can Talk!: How the seemingly insignificant objects of our daily lives are vital tools to understanding our past.
  • Buildings in the Windows: Architectural Representations in Stained Glass
  • House Detective?: How to Research Your Home
  • The Architectural History of the British Isles
  • The Sensory Experience of the Medieval Past
  • How to ‘read’ the past
  • The Real Downton Abbey: The Country House and the Yorkshire Inspiration
  • The Horrible History of the Home
  • Pilgrimage, Cult of the Saints and the Medieval Church
  • In Faith’s Footsteps: The Pilgrim Routes of Britain
  • History, Art, and Architecture of England’s Cathedrals
  • Tudor Homes of North Yorkshire
  • Richard III, the Nevilles, and the hostage situation of Katherine Parr at Snape Castle
  • The History and Inhabitants of Kiplin Hall, North Yorkshire
  • Prodigy Houses of England: How to build a country house to lure a monarch
  • Jeremiah Dixon: From Country Durham to the Creation of the USA (Emma’s ancestor)
  • The Beauty of Medieval Stained Glass
  • The Treasures of the English Parish Church
  • History, Art, and Architecture of England’s Cathedrals
  • The Senses and the Reformation: Worship following the Break with Rome
  • The History of Yorkshire
  • The Dissolution of the Monasteries in Yorkshire
Photo: David Musgrove, BBC History Weekend 2018, York

Please see Emma’s Contact page if you’d like her to talk to your group, school, or institution.