School of History and Archaeology
The home of History, Archaeology, Anthropology and Classical Studies
We are a body of cognate subject areas all interested in examining the human experience through time. We are global in outlook and personal in approach. We explore the past from a variety of perspectives and we have expertise in a wide range of periods and regions, from the Palaeolithic to the twenty-first century, from Latin America to Japan. We offer something for everyone, from Foundation degrees to PhDs.
We are a community of internationally recognised scholars. We incorporate our research into our teaching and we actively contribute to current academic debates. We have research strengths in prehistoric, Classical, medieval and modern history and archaeology, cultural and physical anthropology, and heritage management.
Our degrees offer a broad as well as deep experience that can open up numerous career paths. Extensive options allow you to either pursue your specific interests or to experience a wide range of time periods.
Our Archaeology programmes have 'Registered Organisation' status with the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA). This recognises our emphasis on vocational, practical skills and the high quality of the teaching/training we offer, which includes excavation techniques, geomatics and project management.
Our facilities are of a high standard and continually upgraded. We have an excellent reputation for a variety of fieldwork types and the department is well equipped to undertake most types of field projects. Laboratory teaching and research are supported by a dedicated technician.
Over the years we have developed strong external relationships and students have been able to do placements with a wide variety of organisations, in many cases leading to subsequent employment. There are also valuable extracurricular volunteering opportunities for our students to enrich their course experience and enhance their employability, such as for the Winchester Heritage Open Days.
Our staff are currently working as far afield as the Caribbean and the Caucasus, on periods ranging from the Palaeolithic to the Second World War and beyond. Students have the opportunity to join staff on many of these research projects.
Our students are a valued part of our research culture and we offer opportunities to get directly involved with our research. The Winchester Research Apprenticeship Programme (WRAP) is a pioneering scheme offering bursaries to undergraduate students to work with an academic on a real research project.
We have a dynamic community of Masters, MPhil and PhD students, and we welcome enquiries about postgraduate study. Our academics can supervise a wide range of topics. For more information on research degrees at Winchester, see the tabs below.
A group of students recently joined our consultancy arm ARCA on a professional dig that combined archaeology and palaeontology - and sparked a BBC documentary!
An outward-looking school
Free research seminar series, open to staff, students and the general public alike, are organised every academic year by the Wessex Centre for History and Archaeology, and we regularly organise excavation open days.
Winchester historians regularly participate in public engagement activities such as the annual BBC History Weekend and the Winchester Heritage Open Days. Explore our exciting programme of events for Winchester Heritage Open Days 2021.
We publish popular articles, give interviews and guided tours, and act as historical advisors for TV dramas such as the hit series The Last Kingdom, about King Alfred and Wessex (find out more about the vital role of Winchester historical expertise in the making of The Last Kingdom).
Our flagship consultancy unit is ARCA, Archaeology's successful consultancy arm. Launched in March 2005, it carries out work locally as well as further afield, from Bristol to continental Europe. ARCA has particular expertise in geoarchaeology, geomatics and geophysics.
Find out more and become part of our vibrant social media communities.
Meet the team
History and Classical Studies team
- Prof. Chris Aldous, Professor of Modern International History
- Dr Paola Bassino, Senior Lecturer in Classical History
- John Blockley, Lecturer in Modern British and European History
- Neil Curtin, Senior Lecturer in American History
- Dr Sian Edwards, Senior Lecturer in Modern British History
- Dr Carey Fleiner, Senior Lecturer in Classical and Medieval History
- Dr Robert Gray, Senior Lecturer in Environmental History
- Dr Xavier Guégan, Senior Lecturer in Colonial and Postcolonial History
- Dr Robert Houghton, Senior Lecturer in Early Medieval European History
- Dr Graciela Iglesias Rogers, Senior Lecturer in Modern European and Global Hispanic History
- Prof. Ryan Lavelle, Professor of Early Medieval History
- Dr Gordon McKelvie, Senior Lecturer in Late Medieval History
- Dr Emiliano Perra, Senior Lecturer in Modern European History
- Dr James Ross, Reader in Late Medieval History
- Dr Simon Sandall, Senior Lecturer in Early Modern British History
- Dr Emily Stiles, Lecturer in Modern History
- Dr Polly Stoker, Lecturer in Classical History
- Dr Lena Wahlgren-Smith, Lecturer in Classical History (academic profile forthcoming)
- Dr Katherine Weikert, Senior Lecturer in Early Medieval European History
- Dr Ellie Woodacre, Senior Lecturer in Early Modern European History
- Dr Cindy Wood, Senior Lecturer in Medieval History
- Prof. Louise Hill Curth
- Prof. Michael Hicks
- Prof. Tom James MBE
- Prof. Roger Richardson
- Prof. Barbara Yorke
- Dr Richard Aldous
- Dr Sarah Fry
- Dr Winifred Harwood
- Dr Rosalind Johnson
- Dr Jean Morrin
- Dr Mary South
- Dr Gabrielle Storey
- Dr Johanna Strong
Visiting Research Fellows
Dr Gabrielle Storey (Unearthing Indigenous Caribbean Contributions to Western Botanical Knowledge project)
Archaeology and Anthropology team
- Dr Nick Thorpe, Principal Lecturer in Archaeology and Head of School
- Dr Lisa Bernasek, Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology
- Dr Heidi Dawson-Hobbis, Senior Lecturer in Biological Anthropology
- Dr Paul Everill, Reader in Archaeology
- Prof. Niall Finneran, Professor of Historical Archaeology and Heritage Studies
- Dr Monika Knul, Lecturer in Archaeological and Geographical Geomatics
- Dr Phil Marter, Senior Lecturer in Applied Archaeological Techniques
- Dr Simon Roffey, Reader in Medieval Archaeology
- Dr Katy Soar, Senior Lecturer in Classical Archaeology
- Prof. Keith Wilkinson, Professor of Geoarchaeology/Director ARCA geoarchaeological consultancy
- Prof. Tom James MBE, Em. Prof. in Archaeology and History
- Prof. Tony King, Em. Prof. in Roman Archaeology
- Dr David Ashby, Laboratory Manager
Explore our research
History research strengths and centres
Local and regional history
The Wessex Centre for History and Archaeology, founded in 2004, encourages and coordinates research within the Wessex region (defined as the historic counties of Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire), while the Southern History Society focusses on all the historic southern counties of England.
Classical, Roman, Medieval and Renaissance history
Winchester is a dynamic hub for research from the Classical to Renaissance periods. From kings and queens to warfare and welfare, from the Romans to the Renaissance, our academics are leading specialists in their fields and work closely with other specialists in the Faculty such as our Old/Middle English experts. Visit the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Research page to find out more.
Early Modern and Modern history
Winchester's Modern and Early Modern historians have expertise in such areas as the Holocaust, Post-War Japan, and (Post)Colonialism, while a particular specialism is the Anglo-Hispanic world from the late 28th to early 20th century. Visit the Modern History Research Centre page to find out more.
For further research strengths, visit the individual profile pages of History academics via the links above.
Anthropology current and recent projects and research strengths
Archaeology current and recent projects and research strengths
The Search for Alfred the Great, Winchester
The Magdalen Hill Archaeological Research Project, Winchester
The Mammoth Graveyard Quarry project, near Swindon
The Archaeology of Royal Hunting Lodges, New Forest
South Devon Rivers Discovery Project, Devon
National and international
Classical and Bronze Age Greek archaeology
The history and representation of archaeology
The Archaeology of Medieval Hermitages
The Palaeolithic Archaeological Potential of Pleistocene Deposits in England
Anglo-Georgian Expedition to Nokalakevi, Georgia
PAGES (Pleistocene Arachaeology, Geochronology and Environment of the Southern Caucasus)
Heritage for Heroes and Heritage for Health projects
Caribbean cultural heritage research and knowledge exchange projects
WWII aviation archaeology/battlefield archaeology
Naqada Archaeological Regional Survey and Site Management Project, Egypt
Postgraduate research supervision
We offer research supervision in a wide range of subjects. To find out more, explore our academic staff profile pages above for individual areas of supervision or use the Find an Expert search bar below.
Find out everything you need to know about studying for a postgraduate research degree at Winchester.
Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021
The University of Winchester has continued to develop the range and quality of its research, according to the results of the Research Excellence Framework 2021.
Institutionally, our research rated 4* or world leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour has increased threefold since the last REF in 2014. Most notably, we have evidenced a 147% increase in institutional research power, which is the 17th biggest increase nationally. This places us at 98, compared with 107 in 2014. The overall picture of REF 2021 is positive and offers a strong foundation for our future research impact. History’s Research Power rank increased from 61st to 48th.