Honorary Research Fellow St Andrews University in Medieval History

Centre for Archaeology, Technology, and History

Current projects

  • Chapter on late medieval Scottish monasticism and religious life for Brill Companion to Late Medieval Scotland;

  • Medieval women religious &  monastic landscapes and places;

  • Experiential approaches to medieval monastic places and landscapes can help influence wider understanding of heritage and how those with unseen or invisible disabilities, such as Autism, experience heritage.

Research Interests

  • Monastic and religious life from 1100-1600 in Britain and Ireland and the development of monasteries in medieval landscapes, the modern presence of monasteries in localities and the theoretical and experiential approaches to place, landscapes;

  • Medieval women religious communities and monastic life;

  • Place identity and landscapes in science fiction/fantasy TV.


I completed my PhD from the University of Glasgow titled ‘Religious Women and Their Communities in Late Medieval Scotland’ (2005)  My publications include themes of prosopography of religious women in Scotland, women monastic superiors, monastic education and literacy, and the lives of medieval women religious in general.

I received a full scholarship from the College of Arts to undertake retraining in the heritage sector and completed the MSc in Landscape Integrated Research and Practice (with Distinction) from the University of Glasgow (2014-15).

I  am one of the original Steering Committee members and was the Publications & Communications Officer for the research group:  The History of Women Religious of Britain and Ireland.  http://historyofwomenreligious.org/ 

I was a writer for Nerds and Beyond – movies, TV, popular culture website. Author link here http://www.nerdsandbeyond.com/author/kimm/

I was a writer for Winchester Family Business, popular TV culture website for Supernatural. Author link here: https://thewinchesterfamilybusiness.com/component/authorlist/author/19:kimm=



  • PhD in Medieval History from the University of Glasgow (2005)

  • MSc in Landscape Integrated Research and Practice (Archaeology) from the University of Glasgow, with distinction (2015) [Full Scholarship]


–        Encountering Landscapes and Places of Medieval Women’s Religious Communities (Arc Humanities Press, forthcoming) [in contract] 

–        Medieval Women Religious: c. 800-c. 1500: New Perspectives, co-editor with J. Burton (Boydell) [Jan 2023]

–        ‘“Shadows of Ghosts”: Rediscovering the Special Places of Medieval Female Monasteries through Experiential Approaches to Landscape’, in Edel Bhreathnach, Malgorzara Kasnodębska-D’Aughton, and Keith Smith (eds), Monastic Europe: Medieval Communities, Landscapes, and Settlement (Turnhout, 2019), pp. 523–44.

–        ‘Looking for Medieval Female Religious in Britain and Ireland: Sources, methodologies and pitfalls’, in Julie Kerr, Emilia Jamroziak, and Karen Stöber (eds), Monastic Life in the Medieval British Isles. Essays in Honour of Janet Burton (Wales, 2018), pp. 161–72.

–        ‘”Through the Keyhole of the Monastic Library Door”: Learning and Education in Scottish Medieval Monasteries’, in R. Anderson, M. Freeman, L. Paterson (eds), The Edinburgh History of Education in Scotland  (Edinburgh, 2015), pp. 25-38.

–        ‘Quhat say ye now, my lady priores? How have ye usit your office, can ye ges?’ Power and Realities of the Office of Prioress in late Medieval Scotland, in eds. J. Burton and K. Stöeber (eds), Monasteries and Society in the British Isles in the Later Middle Ages (Woodbridge, 2008), pp. 124-41.

–        ‘Counting Nuns: Prosopographical Analysis of Late Medieval Scottish Convents’, Records of the Scottish Church History Society, Vol. 35 (2005), pp. 28-67.

Blog Posts


    Research Grant (2016-20)

    Landscape Research Group:  Landscape Justice Anniversary Fund

    ‘Inequality of access and inclusivity: Marginalising children with ‘invisible’ disabilities and their experience of landscapes’



    –         Consultant, Social Media and Marketing, Landscape Research Group, Jan 2020 to Dec 2020

    –         Consultant, Research Historic Scotland, Updates, Historic Significance [Iona Nunnery Site], Dec 2019 to present

    –         Conference Coordinator, ‘Landscape & Environments of Women Religious’, London, June 2018- June 2019

    –         Member, Steering Group on Accessibility, Battle of Bannockburn, April 2017 to April 2019

    –         Participant & Working Party Member, SESARF (South East Scottish Archaeological Research Framework), June 2017 to December 2019

    –         Network organiser, Medieval Landscapes/Seascapes Research Network at Leeds IMC, July 2015-July 2017

    –         Conference Strand co-convener, ‘Medieval Landscapes/Seascapes’Leeds IMC, July 2015 to present

    –         Member, Landscape Research Group, Nov 2014 to Sept 2019, Sept 2021- present

    –         Publications & Communications Officer / Web developer & editor, H-WRBI, History of Women Religious in Britain and Ireland, Jan 2008 to June 2020 http://www.history.ac.uk/history-women-religious/

    –         Social Media Manager (with C. Gilfedder), European Association of Archaeologists, Annual Conference, Glasgow, Jan 2014 to Oct 2015

    –         Steering Member, (Medieval) H-WRBI, History of Women Religious in Britain and Ireland, Aug 2008 to present

    –         Conference Coordinator, ‘Nuns Literacies- Medieval to Modern’, Glasgow, Aug 2014

    –         Chair, History Lab Plus, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, Aug 2010 to Aug 2014

    –         Member, Royal Historical Society, May 2006 to Jan 2015

    –         Consultant, Historic Scotland [Iona Nunnery Site], Aug 2013


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