Trusted Source contributors

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Painting of Nancy Astor by John Singer Sargent

Melissa Aaron 

I am a historian, and specialise in the social history of American and British elites in the later nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. I am a contributor to the Trusted Source project.

Woolf's writing lodge with blossom and a statue

Allison Adler Kroll 

I specialise in English literature, history, and culture from 1800 to the present day, and also have research interests in political history and theatre. I enjoy forging connections between my research in heritage studies and the history of the countryside with institutions that conserve historical sites and landscapes. I am a contributor to the Trusted Source project.

A view looks across an octagon shaped lake with obelisk at its centre, with the two near identical Lake Pavilions behind in the background in 1733

Jocelyn Anderson 

I am an art historian with a PhD from the Courtauld Institute of Art. I am currently completing a book entitled, 'Touring and Publicizing England's Country Houses in the Long Eighteenth Century,' in addition to conducting research on prints of Empire and British consumers. I am a contributor to the Trusted Source project.

South side of red bricked baroque hall

Christopher Ansell 

I am a curator and art theorist, and have a specific interest in contemporary approaches to exhibiting historic art, particularly works from the fifteenth century to the eighteenth century. I am a contributor to the Trusted Source project.

Sutton Hoo burial mounds in the mist

Scott Ashley 

My major interests are in early-medieval European history, especially the Viking disapora and Anglo-Saxon England. I am a contributor to the Trusted Source project.

Wicken Fen Sunset

Elizabeth Baigent 

I research and write on the history of conservation and have recently co-edited the book, ‘Nobler imaginings and mightier struggles': Octavia Hill, Social Activism and the Remaking of British Society (2016). I am a contributor to the Trusted Source project.

Wild Orford Ness

Jack Belloli 

I research contemporary writing and performance in English. My current main interest is in how ideas about ‘skill’ – and its political and ecological significance – have been expressed in experimental theatre since Samuel Beckett.

Wooden statue of a policeman, 1979. Maker unknown

Eleanor Bland 

I research policing and repeat offending in London between 1780 and 1850. My wider research interests lie in the social and cultural history of the long eighteenth century. I am a contributor to the Trusted Source project.

A misty morning at Saddlescombe Farm, seen from Newtimber Hill

John Boardman 

I am a geomorphologist, and have worked on land degradation and soil erosion in both the UK and South Africa for 40 years.

Melford Hall from an etching c1825

Oliver Cox 

I am a Knowledge Exchange Fellow in the Humanities Division at the University of Oxford. I created and manage the Thames Valley Country House Partnership. This is a collaborative project between the Humanities Division, the region's historic houses, and the Higher Education Innovation Fund. I am a contributor to the Trusted Source project.

Looking towards the sea, over the heather-covered ground at Dunwich Heath, Suffolk

Jessica Davidson 

I specialise in British social history in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and am working on a doctoral thesis on English provincial fairs. I have a background in history of art, and an interest in using visual and material sources to inform historical research and understanding. I am a contributor to the Trusted Source project.

Hardwick viewed from the west

Rachel Delman 

My research explores residences that were commissioned and/or headed by high-status women in late medieval and early Tudor England. My work considers how female authority was expressed through the design, layout and use of the great residence and its wider landscape.

Edy, Chris and Clare at Smallhythe Place

Sophie Duncan 

My research centres on women’s theatrical, domestic, and political lives in the Renaissance and the Victorian period. I am the academic lead on the National Trust’s 2018 National Public Programme, Women and Power, and a contributor to the Trusted Source project.

Detail of an early fourteenth century Italo-Byzantine triptych

Elena Ene D.-Vasilescu 

My work focusses on Byzantine culture, philosophy, and theology. Some of my publications deal with the ecclesiastical art and hagiography of Byzantium throughout the ages, and with the way its legacy is appreciated today. I am a contributor to the Trusted Source project.

A hiker taking in the sunset at Wasdale Head, Cumbria

Jessica Fay 

I am a scholar of Romantic literature with a particular focus on the poetry of William Wordsworth. I have a special interest in Wordsworth’s relationship with the amateur artist and co-founder of the National Gallery, Sir George Beaumont. I am a contributor to the Trusted Source project.

Walker looking over Derwentwater

Tim Flight 

My research explores the Anglo-Saxon period, mysticism, and human interactions with the natural world. I am a contributor to the Trusted Source project.

William Morris ceiling paper at Newark Park, Gloucestershire

Emily Carrington Freeman 

I specialise in the group of nineteenth century artists known as the Pre-Raphaelites, and am currently researching their drawings and illustrative work. My background is in Fine Art and the History of Art, and I am also a practising artist. I am a contributor to the Trusted Source project.

Inscribed books owned by Churchill on display at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Eamonn Gearon  

I am an author and historian, specialising in the Middle East from the dawn of Islam to the present day. My current research is looking at military intelligence in the Middle East during the First World War. I am a contributor to the Trusted Source project.

Sunset over Buckland Abbey

Daisy Gibbs 

I am a musicologist specialising in British music of the long sixteenth century. I am particularly interested in how the Reformation, and the confessional conflicts that it created, influenced people’s music-making in public and in private.

A view from below of Waddesdon's architecture, a National Trust property in Buckinghamshire

Abigail Green 

I am Professor of Modern European History at the University of Oxford. I have written widely on modern German history, international Jewish history and am now working on liberal political culture.

Ditchling Beacon in Sussex dew pond at dusk

Daniel Grimley 

My research is concerned with music, landscape, and cultural geography, with particular reference to Scandinavian music and early twentieth-century English music. I am interested in the ways in which particular landscapes shape our responses to music and sound, and equally the extent to which our sense of landscape and environment responds to patterns or fields of acoustic perception. I am a contributor to the Trusted Source project.

The 17th century barn theatre at Smallhythe Place

Kitty Gurnos-Davies 

My research exposes untold women’s experiences stretching back to the Victorian period through a reconceptualisation of underutilised sources including objects, architecture, and art history. I am a contributor to the Trusted Source project.

Lindisfarne Castle shown beyond the remains of two jetties

Helena Guzik 

I work on the material culture of pilgrimage in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Italy. Broadly speaking, I am interested in Renaissance courts, the history of travel, and early modern cross-cultural exchange. I am a contributor to the Trusted Source project.

Tipu sultan's tent at Powis Castle and Garden, Powys, Wales

Kieran Hazzard 

I am a historian specialising in the early nineteenth century, principally Britain’s relationship with India. My work focuses on the political culture and philosophy of Imperialism. My wider interests include British reactions to Revolutionary and Napoleonic France and social conditions during the Industrial Revolution. I am a contributor to the Trusted Source project.

Leather bound books on a shelf in the library at Hughenden Manor, Buckinghamshire

Ceri Hunter 

I teach Victorian and Modern Literature at the University of Oxford. My research centres on nineteenth century literature and culture, and I am especially interested in the representation of family life. I have studied History and English Literature and enjoy thinking about the connections between the two disciplines. I am a contributor to the Trusted Source project.

The ceiling of the chapel at Cliveden, Buckinghamshire

Dominic Ingram 

I specialise in architectural and cultural history in eighteenth century Britain. I am a contributor to the Trusted Source project.

Italian marble busts in the Staircase Hall.

Ben Kehoe 

My research looks at popular politics and popular political participation during the Italian Risorgimento: the period from 1815 to 1870 in which Italy was unified as a single state. I am interested in the ways ‘ordinary people’ – the shopkeeper, the artisan, the peasant – understood and made sense of political changes and ideas.

Coloured lithograph of Father Returns by Maude Goodman

Laura King 

I am a historian specialising in the history of family life in twentieth-century Britain. I have published a book entitled 'Family Men' about modern fatherhood, and have also written on childbirth, family history, and death in recent history. I am a contributor to the Trusted Source project.

Leather bound books on a shelf in the library at Hughenden Manor, Buckinghamshire

Kit Kowol 

My research is focussed on the history of the British Conservative Party and brings together approaches from political history, intellectual history and cultural studies. I am interested in the way in which politics is lived by individuals as an everyday experience expressed and constructed through art, music, clothing, and objects. I am a contributor to the Trusted Source project.

'Osorio', a play by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, in the Reading Room at Coleridge Cottage

Jacob Lloyd 

My research focuses on the poetry of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. I am a contributor to the Trusted Source project.

The Jurors art installation in low winter sunlight

Andrew Lloyd 

I began my academic career as a lawyer and then branched into history, specialising in medieval French language and law. I am a contributor to the Trusted Source project.

Erno Goldfinger's study at 2 Willow Road

Ashley Maher 

I research the influence of architectural modernism on twentieth-century British literature.

Boscastle Harbour, Cornwall

Fiona McKendrick 

I specialize in museum studies, heritage outreach and public engagement. I enjoy using web platforms, digital media and technology to forge new connections between my research, the institutions that conserve historical sites and landscapes, and the people that experience them.

Sutton Hoo burial mound and tree at sunrise

Hannah McKendrick Bailey 

I work on Old English literature, particularly on poetic compounds, architectural imagery, depictions of poor interpreters, and the conceptual cluster of ‘signs, brightness, and covenant’. I have also worked on Early Middle English narratives about Anglo-Saxon England. I am a contributor to the Trusted Source project.

The Tale of Sir Degrevaunt: The Wedding Ceremony by Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones

Sian Mitchell 

I specialise in English literature, in particular nineteenth century poetry. I am especially interested in Victorian 'Arthuriana' and medievalism, and its expression in nineteenth century literature and art.

A photo of visitors in the in dining parlour at The Vyne

Amy Moore 

I am interested in representations of power in literature and art, with a specific focus on the Tudor and Jacobean monarchy. I am a contributor to the Trusted Source project.

The 17th century barn theatre at Smallhythe Place

Adrienne Mortimer 

I research narrative representations of illiteracy and the illiterate subject from early nineteenth century to contemporary literature and culture. I am a contributor to the Trusted Source project.

The Theseus Sarcophagus at Cliveden

Helena Nicholson 

I am a classicist, and am particularly interested in the literature of the ancient Romans. I am a contributor to the Trusted Source project.

Reading glasses on an old newspaper in the Library at Cragside, Northumberland.

Daniel Norman 

I work on the poetry and prose of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, examining it in the context of the contemporary newspapers and periodicals in which it was published. I am a contributor to the Trusted Source project.

Nuthatch feeding on a branch

Sophie Pierce 

My childhood was filled with trips to National Trust areas of natural beauty, and this love of nature and outdoors adventures encouraged me to pursue research in biodiversity and conservation management.

A view of Buscot Park, Oxfordshire

Geraldine Porter 

I am a specialist in eighteenth-century British politics, with a particular interest in parliamentary dynasties of this period.

The Egyptian temple in Egypt at Biddulph Grange

Luigi Prada 

I teach Egyptology at the University of Oxford, and specialise in historical, linguistic, and textual studies.

The pale green sitting room at Monk's House

Alice Purkiss 

I lead the University of Oxford's National Trust Partnership, coordinating a varied programme of research, training and events to promote knowledge exchange and Public Engagement with Research between university researchers and the National Trust.

Painting from a set of four Neapolitan landscapes by Tomaso Ruiz at Uppark.

David Pyle 

I am a volcanologist in the University of Oxford’s Department of Earth Sciences. I am a contributor to the Trusted Source project.

 The chapel at Wimpole Hall

Matthew Salisbury 

I am Lecturer in Music at University and Worcester Colleges, Oxford, and National Liturgy and Worship Adviser to the Church of England. I am a contributor to the Trusted Source project.

Land Army girls outside Gibside Hall during the First World War

Peter Sawers 

I work on public commemoration and memory of the First World War. I am a contributor to Trusted Source.

A detail from a Jean-Henri Riesener chest of drawers at Waddesdon Manor, Bucks

Pippa Shirley 

I am Head of Collections and Gardens at Waddesdon Manor and a contributor to the Trusted Source project.

Print of an Egyptian sarcophagus

Manon Schutz 

I am interested in the funerary culture of ancient Egypt, especially the use and meaning of beds inside tombs as well as the multiculturalism observed in the Roman Period of Egypt.

Land Army girls outside Gibside Hall during the First World War

Hanna Smyth 

I work on the social history of Great War remembrance, including the relationships between specific memorials or battles and national identities, imperial and colonial histories, war remembrance in popular memory, battlefield tourism, memorialization and commemoration, and grief, mourning, and memory processes. I am a contributor to the Trusted Source project.

A watercolour by Humphry Repton from the Sheringham Red Book

Sarah Spooner 

I am a Senior Lecturer in Landscape History at the University of East Anglia, and my research covers many aspects of the rural landscape in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, including the architecture and landscape of the English country house and landed estate. I am a Trusted Source contributor.

View of the burial mounds at dawn at Sutton Hoo

Flo Sutton 

I am interested in aspects of archaeology and art history, but I am particularly fascinated with the art and culture of Medieval England, which is my main research focus. I am also interested in ancient Near Eastern archaeology and the monumental art of the Neo-Assyrian empire.

Trees on the Blickling Estate in winter

Annie Tindley 

My research interests revolve around the interrogation of the aristocratic and landed classes, landed estates and their management from the mid-eighteenth to mid-twentieth centuries.

Horse chestnut tree in spring at Dudmaston

Simon Toomer 

I am the National Specialist for Plant Conservation at the National Trust and a contributor to the Trusted Source project.

The Cherry Garden at Ham House, Surrey, seen from an upper floor window

Emma Turnbull 

I am working with the National Trust on a project which explores female identity, political agency and experience in the particular context of the British Civil Wars. My wider research explores the role of anti-popery in shaping the political culture of early seventeenth century England. I am a contributor to the Trusted Source project.

Wedgwood at Leith Hill Place

Rebecca Wallis 

I am a National Trust curator and ceramics specialist based in London and South East region. I have previously worked at the Wordsworth Trust, Museum of Science and Industry, British Museum, Wallace Collection and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Downhill House

William Whyte 

I am Professor of Social and Architectural History and a fellow of St John’s College, Oxford. I am author of Oxford Jackson (2006), Redbrick: a social and architectural history of Britain’s civic universities (2015), and Unlocking the Church: the lost secrets of Victorian sacred space (2017). I am a contributor to the Trusted Source project.