After reading for a degree in History at University College London, in 1998 I went on to study for an MA in Medieval Studies at the University of York. In 1999 I was was awarded the Centre for Medieval Studies doctoral Scholarship at the University of York, where I worked on a PhD thesis entitled: 'The Stained Glass of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire 1400-1550'. I was a quite involved thesis, a contextual study of the surviving and lost glass from these two Midlands counties and I was awarded the PhD in 2004. The thesis involved considerable work among post-Reformation primary sources and include an exploration of the stylistics developments of glass, its iconography, but also the patronage of glass.
I continue to be active in my field, both as a researcher and a teacher. I am an author for the British Academy Project Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aeviand I am currently working on a monograph on the medieval stained glass of Nottinghamshire. I have taught, researched and published on a wide range of different subject areas: stained glass in context, medieval textiles and woodwork, fifteenth century mercantile culture and patronage and the Gothic Revival, as well as medieval liturgy. Alongside articles in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters, I have written a number of church guide books, and co-authored a recent guide book to Ripon Cathedral.
Alongside this academic work I have a love of the aesthetic and this is expressed through photography. You can see many of my architectural photos on my Flickr archive, where they I hope they are useful resource that all can use. My academic interests and my aesthetic sensibility find a combined outlet in my sadly rather neglected Blog: Medieval Church Art.