Military and Literary Landscapes of the Other: understanding castle building in Medieval North Wales
My DPhil. research focusses on the significance of castle siting in medieval Wales, to demonstrate the affective and dynamic relationship between the built-and-natural environments, political power, and identity. Using geoprocessing tools within various GIS software packages, combined with an analysis of some key literary texts of the period, I am focussing on features of the landscape to evaluate their impact on the form, function, and perception of each castle. This approach looks to cast new light on the role of castle building in North Wales in the period c.1066–1300.
Alongside my DPhil. studies I am working as a part-time researcher for the Winchester Excavations Committee, and separately for Professor Martin Biddle and St Albans Cathedral, co-editing a volume for publication on the Chapter House excavations.
I am also involved with the Aerial Photographic Archive for Archaeology in the Middle East (APAAME) programme, analysing aerial imagery from 2018–19 to identify and catalogue castle sites in Oman.
These projects complement my broader research interests in medieval landscapes and monumental architecture.
Conference Papers and Workshops
Landscapes of Difference: Castle building in North Wales. History, Community, and Identity in the Medieval World, Aberystwyth University, 25 June 2021.
‘A most comprehensive view’: Storymapping a virtual experience of Carreg Cennen Castle. Centre for Visual Arts and Culture (CVAC), Visual Intersections 5, Durham University, 24 June 2021. Promoted on the CVAC website and YouTube Channel, August 2021.
ESRI’s ArcGIS StoryMap Service in the Social Sciences, Workshop co-lead, Social Science Department, University of Oxford, April 2021.