University of York’s Centre for Lifelong Learning: News

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’.

read-more-buttons reviews Pilgrim Routes of the British Isles 

Editor of, 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.


Article in BBC History Extra

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? In this article, Emma explores seven of the most curious examples…


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

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on her business, background and inspirations by the fabulously informative website Historical Honey: a Hive of Historical Content.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.


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