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Sarah Brown, University of York, BA (London), MA (York), FSA, FRHistS

Sarah Brown is a lecturer at the University of York specializing in stained glass, its history and conservation and Director of the York Glaziers Trust where she is currently overseeing the conservation of the Great East Window of York Minster of 1405-8. She joined the History of Art Department in 2008 after a long career with the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England and latterly with English Heritage.Sarah has worked on ecclesiastical architecture and stained glass of all periods, while specializing in the history and conservation stained glass of the Middle Ages and Gothic Revival. She is particularly interested in the intersection between art and craft and in the history of stained glass restoration in Great Britain. Sarah is also chairman of the British committee of the Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi based in the University of York’s Stained Glass Studies Research School, of which she is the director.

 Louise Hampson, University of York, Centre for the Study of Christianity & Culture, BA (Birmingham), MA (London)

Working as the Research and Impact Officer, Louise joined the Centre in 2009, having worked in partnership previously through her role at York Minster. Louise is currently engaged on a part-time PhD at York on the history of the stained glass of York Minster since 1500. Louise worked in the archives sector in the county record offices of Northamptonshire and Warwickshire, specializing in education and outreach and was at York Minster for many years. She co-authored York Minster: A Living Legacy  with Dr. Richard Shephard and the Very Reverend Keith Jones and has written numerous articles on the Minster and its history. She wrote for the CD-ROMs Images of Salvation: the Story of the Bible through Medieval Art and Pilgrims and Pilgrimage and brokered the ongoing partnership between the Centre and York Minster. Louise was also associate editor for The English Parish Church through the Centuries. Her research interests are stained glass and manuscript art.


Lisa Colton, University of Huddersfield, BA (Huddersfield), MA, PhD (York)

Lisa joined the University of Huddersfield as a Lecturer in 2003. Her doctoral thesis, 'Music and sanctity in England, c.1260-c.1400' explored themes of nationalism, sanctity and virginity in late medieval English music, and was funded by the AHRC. Having completed the PCPD, Lisa is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is Chair of the Plainsong and Medieval Music Society, and is the external examiner for undergraduate Music courses at Bath Spa University and the University of Glasgow.          

As a performer, Lisa plays bass viol and directs the University Choir. She is also an active member of the Royal Musical Association, the American Musicological Society, the Plainsong and Medieval Music Society, the Viola da Gamba Society, and the Campaign for Real Ale. In 2010, Lisa founded the Centre for the Study of Music, Gender and Identity (MuGI) at the University of Huddersfield, which aims to stimulate musical and interdisciplinary research in this area. Lisa’s recent research has largely divided between medieval and twentieth-century topics. Her current work focuses on the historiography of medieval English music, but she is also preparing articles on medievalism in the music of Benjamin Britten, and working on the music of Lady Gaga and John Dunstaple.


Anthony Masington, University of York, Centre for the Study of Christianity & Culture, BA (Denver), MA (Durham), PhD (York)

Anthony is Design and Technical Editor for the Centre for the Study of Christianity & Culture. In addition to designing most of the three-dimensional imaging on the DVD-ROMS produced by the Centre, he has also been developing the use of computer modeling techniques to assist research into the use of space in historic buildings. He has particular expertise in buildings survey, CAD, and virtual reality.  His computing and design skills build on his doctoral work which studied the late medieval relationship between God and man in English parish churches. He has also served as a consultant on movies and documentaries:

Miriam Gill, University of Leicestershire, BA (Oxford), PhD (Courtauld)

Late medieval wall paintings are her field of study and she adopts a contextual approach, seeking to relate this large and relatively neglected corpus of paintings to late medieval theology, liturgy, literature and drama and society on which she has published widely. She has co-edited two CD ROMs for Christianity and Culture, University of York and is Director of Certificate in Architectural History for the University of Leicester and has recently completed a web project for the Churches Conservation Trust.


Kate Giles, University of York, BA, MA, PhD (York)

Kate Giles is a buildings archaeologist with a specialty in the recording, archival research and theoretical interpretation of historic buildings. She is particularly interested in the relationship between people, places and possessions and in the archaeology of pre-modern 'public' buildings, such as guildhalls. Kate trained as an historian and art historian and had a brief spell as an archivist at the Borthwick Institute for Archives, before discovering buildings archaeology at the University of York, where she did her MA and PhD. Since 2000, she has been the York Minster Archaeology Research fellow, and since 2002, a full time member of staff in the Department at York. As Director of the MA in Archaeology of Buildings, she is passionate about the potential of buildings archaeology and buildings history to enhance understanding of the significance of historic buildings, and to inform their management, interpretation and display to the wider public.


Sophie Oosterwijk, University of Leiden, MA (Leiden), MA (York), PhD (Leicester)

She previously taught at the universities of Leicester, Manchester and St Andrews (UK), and she was Editor of the journal Church Monuments (2004-2011). Her most recent post was Coordinator of Tomb Monuments for the MeMO (Medieval Memoria Online) project at Utrecht University (2011-2012). She publishes widely, particularly on tomb monuments and the culture of death and commemoration.

Matthew Champion, Norfolk Graffiti Society & MJC Associates, BA, MA (University of East Anglia)

Matthew is a Historian/Archaeologist with twenty years experience of working in built heritage conservation, project management, community archaeology and interpretation. He is the heritage consultant and project manager for a wide range of heritage projects including Art Alive in Churches (East Anglia). He has pioneered the academic study of medieval church graffiti promoting research and community engagement as director of the Norfolk Medieval Graffiti Survey - a volunteer led community archaeology project that aims to undertake the first large scale, systematic survey, of medieval graffiti in the UK. The Society was a joint winner of the Awards for the Presentation of Heritage Research 2011 and the winner of the Marsh Award for Community Archaeology 2013. He has published widely on the subject and is the go-to person for the BBC and other media outlets regarding historic graffiti discoveries.


James Robinson, Keeper of Art and Design, National Museums Scotland, MA (York)

James leads the Art & Design collections at National Museums Scotland which include key collections of European and British sculpture, ceramics, glass, furniture and jewelery as well as fashion and textiles. Formerly Senior Curator of Medieval Collections at the British Museum was lead curator for several new and refurbished permanent galleries, most recently the re–opening of the Mediaeval Gallery in 2009. He also led the development of significant touring exhibitions including the 2011 Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics, and Devotion in Medieval Europe at the British Museum. He has also worked at the Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham University, and the Museum of London. James has published widely on medieval reliquaries, the Lewis Chessmen, pilgrim souvenirs, seals, and more.


Jeanne Neuchterlein, University of York, BA (Rice University), MA, PhD (Berkeley)

Jeanne's work centers on northern European art, primarily Germany and the Low Countries in the 15th and 16th centuries, with further interests extending out to other geographical areas and periods. Her teaching and research investigates religious and secular imagery in the late medieval and early modern periods, particularly the cultural role of art for its makers, patrons and viewers. She is a member of the University of York’s interdisciplinary Centre for Medieval Studies as well as the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies. She has published widely and her most recent book, Translating Nature into Art: Holbein, the Reformation, and Renaissance Rhetoric has been widely acclaimed.