|Antiquities Trafficking and Art Crime – Online short course
(University of Glasgow)
|MA Medieval Studies (University of York)
|Researcher, developer and tutor of ‘The English Medieval Parish Church from Early Foundations to the Reformation’ – historical and archaeological approaches – at the University of York Centre for Lifelong Learning
|2009 to 2016
|BA (Hons) (First-class) Medieval History & Archaeological Studies
(University of Kent at Canterbury)
|Microsoft Certified Professional – Network/Server/Client Installation, Support and Management
‘Trainers/IBM’ Basingstoke, Hampshire
|The British Library – Editor of articles in the British Newspaper Archive
|Historic England – National Heritage List for England – regular photographic contributor
|Historic England ‘Britain from Above’ – regular contributor
|The Ecclesiological Society
Trustee and Honorary Membership Secretary of The Ecclesiological Society, formerly Cambridge Camden Society – www.ecclsoc.org
(March 2019 to present)
|Website technical and content manager/editor from 2020
|Researcher, producer and publisher of “Yorkshire’s Architect”, a study of the prolific nineteenth-century Yorkshire-based architect James Pigott Pritchett – www.jppritchett.org.uk.
|The Churches Conservation Trust
Between 2009 and 2016 I was the Volunteering Officer for Yorkshire, Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, responsible for volunteers, visitors and events at 31 redundant churches of outstanding historical, archaeological and architectural interest.
|Holy Trinity Goodramgate
Under my direction, the CCT’s church of Holy Trinity in Goodramgate, York, became the charity’s most successful site in terms of visitor numbers and income, with annual visitor numbers increasing 700% to 65,000; donations and retail income by 430% to £43,000 by 2013. The site became a model for historic-church tourism and visitor-welcome both within the CCT and externally.
I delivered the CCT’s visitor-access and local-community engagement strategy across Yorkshire & the North East of England, achieving a success rate of 93% of churches open daily to visitors 365 days per year. I engaged volunteers to successfully design and produce new interpretation materials including walk-round-guides for the CCT’s historic churches across the north of England.
I nurtured successful partnerships between the CCT and several universities in the north of England; supervising MA Heritage Management student placements with the University of York’s MA in Cultural Heritage Management – read more. and delivering an annual lecture at the International Centre for Cultural Heritage Studies at Newcastle University read more.
|Heritage Information Technology
I designed, developed and maintained several information systems for the daily management of historic churches, visitor & income data (retail and donations) and visitor-access & signage – more information.
I also developed a web-based volunteer-rostering system adopted nationally www.cctvolunteers.org.uk
In addition to my usual work, I successfully investigated a number of incidents of theft and damage to historic churches in the CCT’s care, recovering stolen historically-significant artefacts to their original locations – read my articles here.