Stories of triumph and tragedy behind world’s greatest cathedrals including York Minster captured in new book by Yorkshire historian
Bones Venerated as St. James the Younger’s Don’t Belong to the Apostle, Study Suggests
A new love for medieval-style travel
The History of Home Tells the Fascinating Tales of Houses All Over the World
The history of York’s “architectural marvel” railway station will be explored on a television show.
‘What are these fantastic monsters doing?’
Notre Dame de Paris Fire
Tragedy at Notre-Dame is a reminder of our shared history
Notre Dame fire: Macron promises to make cathedral ‘more beautiful than before’
Can Notre-Dame’s dazzling Gothic architecture be rebuilt?
ABC News/Washington Post
Rebuilding Notre Dame will be long, fraught and expensive
Notre Dame fire: Nine other churches in Europe rebuilt after disaster
British restoration experts eager to help ‘resurrect’ Notre Dame after fire
University of York
Expert Reaction: Notre Dame Cathedral fire
After Notre Dame burned, the fires which have ripped though Canterbury Cathedral are recalled
Heaven on Earth book says historic fire at Canterbury Cathedral may have been arson…
Interview with The Telegraph
Canterbury cathedral fire in 12th century was arson committed by monks ‘jealous’ of Durham’s beautiful architecture, historian claims in new book…
5 Minutes with Emma Wells, BBC History Extra
York lecturer has had her work published in the Church Times
York historian appears on “Talking Tudors” podcast
York historian reveals the bad habits of medieval monks
BBC History Magazine’s Weekend York
Dr Emma Wells flies from strength to strength
St Cuthbert’s Way and Medieval wall paintings
Dr Emma Wells on The Medieval Senses
Interview with The Yorkshire Post
A House Through Time: Research tips from Yorkshire’s own ‘house detective’
Interview with Durham University’s Department of Archaeology – Alumni Spotlight
This month’s Alumni Spotlight is by Emma Wells, who completed a PhD with us in 2013…
Interview with The Yorkshire Post T.H.E. Magazine
In Faith’s Footsteps
Emma J. Wells fell in love with history growing up in Yorkshire. Now she tells Sarah Freeman why she has followed some of the country’s most ancient pathways for her latest book. A shorter version of the article also appeared on the Yorkshire Post’s website.
Interview with the Northern Echo/Darlington & Stockton Times
Emily Flanagan reports on Emma’s debut tome, Pilgrim Routes of the British Isles, which looks at some of the key medieval walking routes of Britain, taking in well-known religious destinations such as Lindisfarne, as well as lesser known routes.
Walking Britain reviews Pilgrim Routes of the British Isles
Lou Johnson, editor of Walking Britain, reviews Pilgrim Routes of the British Isles, concluding that it is ‘an excellent book providing detailed background information prior to undertaking a route’.
Medievalists.net reviews Pilgrim Routes of the British Isles
Editor of medievalists.net, Sandra Alvarez reviews Dr Emma Wells’s book, Pilgrim Routes of the British Isles and describes it as ‘a must-have’.
University of York
An article on Emma’s work on Britain’s most popular pilgrim routes as well as Pilgrim Routes of the British Isles‘ launch with the Lord Mayor and Sheriff of York.
Interview with Living North
Emma Wells spent years learning how to investigate the history of buildings. For those who want to find out more about their own homes, she’s now available for hire.
Interview with HistoricalHoney.com
Emma was interviewed on her business, background and inspirations by the fabulously informative website Historical Honey: a Hive of Historical Content.
Article in Listed Heritage
As a Heritage Consultant and House Historian, I have worked with and encountered people on both sides of the property fence. As a result, I understand just what matters to each party when assessing and understanding the history of a building, whether out of interest or for legislative reasons. Yet, regardless of one’s raison d’être for uncovering a property’s history, the rich and fruitful information provided by such research is undeniable.
Interview with The York Press
Genealogy is a fascinating subject, leading thousands of ordinary people to investigate their family tree and spawning the popular TV series, Who Do You Think You Are?, where celebs go back to their roots (with a Kleenex at the ready). It seems our interest in the past is insatiable, so it should not be a surprise that we are also interested in unearthing stories about where we live. Emma Wells is an expert in this field. The self-styled ‘house detective’ specialises in ‘through-the-keyhole’ investigations, shedding light on the history of all kinds of properties, from the grandest house to the most modern of new builds.
Article in The Yorkshire Times
Here, Emma discusses the hidden potential behind our front doors by examining the importance of unlocking the history of a property.