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Academic & professional qualifications

  • 1975 BA Honours, Exeter University, History and Archaeology
  • 1976 Diploma in Archive Administration, Liverpool University
  • 1979 PhD University of Exeter

Current position

  • Emerita Professor of Early Medieval History

Previous teaching positions

  • University of Exeter, essay tutor, 1976 - 77
  • University of Winchester, lecturer, 1977 - 2001

Previous key internal appointments 

  • Professor of Early Medieval History (2001-12)
  • Reader in History (from 1995)
  • Director of the Research Centre of Archaeology and History (1998 - 2001)
  • Co-ordinator of Research and Innovation, School of Social Sciences (2001 - 04)

External appointments

  • External Examiner in Medieval History for History BA Honours, University of Birmingham, 2000 - 01
  • QAA panel to visit Dept of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, University of Cambridge, 2001
  • External examiner MA in Medieval Studies, University of York 2002 - 04
  • AHRC Peer Review College membership, since 2006
  • Advisory Board Leverhulme funded project ‘Beyond the Tribal Hidage’, Institute of Archaeology, UCL London 2006 - 09
  • Advisory Board, International Society of Anglo-Saxonists 2006 - 09
  • Guest curator of exhibition ‘King Alfred: Warfare, Wealth and Wisdom’, Winchester Discovery Centre 2008
  • Visiting Professor, UCL


Recent selected publications

  • 2011 ‘The Weight of Necklaces’: some insights into the wearing of women’s jewellery from Middle Saxon written sources’. In: S. Brookes, S. Harrington and A.Reynolds (eds), Studies in Early Anglo-Saxon Art and Archaeology: Papers in Honour of Martin G. Welch, pp 106-11. British Archaeological Reports British Series 527 Oxford: Archaeopress.
  • 2010 ‘Adomnán at the court of King Aldfrith’. In: J. Wooding et al. (eds), Adomnán of Iona. Theologian, Lawmaker, Peacemaker, pp 36-50. Dublin: Four courts Press.
  • 2010 ‘The Oliver’s Battery Hanging-Bowl burial from Winchester and its Place in the Early History of Wessex’. In: M. Henig and N. Ramsay (eds), Intersections: The Archaeology and History of Christianity in England, 400-1200. Essays in Honour of Martin Biddle and Birthe Kjǿlbye Biddle, pp. 77-86. British Archaeological Reports British Series 505. Oxford: Archaeopress.
  • 2010 ‘The representation of early West Saxon history in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle’. In: A. Jorgens (ed), Reading the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. Language, Literature and History, pp 141-60 Turnhout: Brepols.

​Recent conference papers

  • March 2011, Museum of Childhood, London: ‘Food and Children in the Early Middle Ages’. At 'Eat your Greens. Children and Food' (conference run in conjunction with Society for the Study of Childhood in the Past).
  • September 2010, ‘The origins of Anglo-Saxon kingship in a North Sea context’. The 61st International Sachsensymposion, Development of Leadership and Elites in the First Millennium AD, at Museum Sønderjylland, Haderslev, Denmark.

Recent public lectures

  • "No History, Only Biography”: Recreating the Past through Biographies of People, Places, and Things’; annual Reuters Lecture, University of Southampton, 2013
  • ‘Conversion of the Anglo-Saxons’, Isle of Wight branch of the Historical Association, 2011
  • ‘The Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Northumbria’, Basingstoke Archaeology and History Society, 2010

Recent academic lectures

  • 2011 Annual Toller Lecture, University of Manchester: ‘King Alfred and the Traditions of Anglo-Saxon Kingship’
  • ‘Assembles and the Origins of Anglo-Saxon Kingship’, Dept. of Continuing Education conference ‘Anglo-Saxon Places of Power, Governance and Authority’. Rewley House, Oxford, 2011
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