About

I am an historian of art and architecture, with 12 years’ experience of working in the built environment sector. I currently work for Historic England, the public body which helps people care for, enjoy and celebrate England’s historic environment. I provide in-house archival research and fabric analysis for a wide range of buildings and historic areas.

I have published articles on a variety of architectural and historical topics, with a particular focus on the early nineteenth century. My co-authored book on the architecture and history of Weston-super-Mare, a Victorian seaside resort in Somerset, was published in March 2019.

I am also interested in the production, display, collecting and reproduction of early nineteenth-century sculpture. I have explored these themes in several publications in relation to Johann Heinrich von Dannecker’s marble group  Ariadne auf dem Panther/Ariadne on the Panther (1803-14).

Publications

Books
(with Allan Brodie and Kate Hudson-McAulay) Weston-super-Mare: the town and its seaside heritage (Historic England, 2019)
 
Articles
‘‘Of singular elegance and dignified simplicity’: Quaker Meeting Houses and their architects’ in Megan Aldrich and Alexandrina Buchanan (eds.), Thomas Rickman and the Victorians: Studies in Victorian Architecture and Design, vol. 7 (2019), 113-131
 
‘‘A pretty toy’ or ‘purely functional’? Town, city and county halls during the inter-war period’, Twentieth Century Architecture 13: The Architecture of Public Service (2018), 25-39
 
‘Dannecker’s Ariadne: From neoclassical temple to Victorian mantelpiece’, The Sculpture Journal, vol. 26, issue 2 (2017), 141–158
 
“Spare me, kind sirs – save me to-day.’ The twentieth-century campaign to save Temple Manor in Strood’, Archaeologia Cantiana vol. 136 (2015), 51–69
 
‘William Ranger and his artificial stone at Ickworth’, Georgian Group Journal, vol. 21 (2013), 181–196
 
Historic England (formerly English Heritage) Research Reports
The Gatehouse, Caynton Manor, Edgmond, Shropshire: Building Investigation’ Historic England Report Series 70-2018

Churchyard Farm, Neenton, Shropshire: Building Investigation’ Historic England Report Series 42-2018

(with Olaf Bayer, Peter Herring and Rebecca Lane) ‘Digbeth and Deritend, Birmingham, West Midlands: Outline Historic Area Assessment’ Historic England Report Series 31-2018

The British Museum Bindery and 1-2 Montague Place, London Borough of Camden: A Historic Buildings Report’ English Heritage Report Series 60-2009

(with Joanna Smith) ‘Central Peckham, London Borough of Southwark: Historic Area Assessment’ English Heritage Report Series 54-2009

Blogs
The statues of the people: Minton’s Parian ware figures’, The Minton Archive blog (2018)

A brief history of German monument protection’, Heritage Online Debate (Historic England blog, 2017)

Memberships

Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain

Institute of Historic Building Conservation

Hampshire Field Club & Archaeological Society

Vernacular Architecture Group

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