Dr Emma J. Wells

Dr Emma J. Wells


Dr Emma J. Wells is an historian of religious and architectural history, specialising particularly in the medieval and early modern eras. She is a passion advocate of the buildings history approach which seeks to understand people and the past through their surroundings. Her expertise covers everything from parish churches and cathedrals, the saints, pilgrimage and stained glass, to historic buildings in the modern age. Emma is the author of Pilgrim Routes of the British Isles (Hale, 2016) and is the midst of finalising another on the senses in the medieval church for OUP. Her next book, Heaven On Earth: The Lives & Legacies of the World’s Greatest Cathedrals will be published by Head of Zeus (2020/21).

Emma writes often and reviews for newspapers and magazines, including BBC History, History Today, the Times Literary Supplement, History Revealed and BBC Countryfile. A lively broadcaster and frequent acclaimed public speaker at literary festivals, academic conferences and corporate lectures, Emma’s experience also stretches beyond the world of religion and architecture, having lectured in archaeology, history, and art. She wrote and presented a three-part documentary for Viral History on St Cuthbert’s Way and appears often as a talking head as well as podcast contributor, with appearances on History Hit’s Art Detective, History Extra, and as a ‘Don’ on BBC Radio 4’s The 3rd Degree.

Emma gained her PhD from Durham University, for which she was awarded the 2011-12 British Archaeological Association Ochs Scholarship and Society for Church Archaeology Research Grant. She is now a lecturer and Programme Director of English Building History and Parish Church Studies at the University of York, and a Research Associate within the Department of Archaeology.

She gained her racing licence aged 18 and previously raced with Formula Woman.

Dr Emma J. Wells @Emma_J_Wells

Hmm...perhaps I’m a tad more expressive when I teach than I first thought. Welcome to the many faces of...the lecturer 😂

As it's #WorldBookDay , please do consider supporting authors out there--and if you feel like supporting this one via @bookshop_org_UK, I'd be ever so appreciative. Next book imminent but here is the first:

Please tell me everyone else has one person they can't help but compare their own (lack of) achievements against and invariably end up feeling like complete crap every time?

🚨BOOK SERIES🚨Reinterpreting the #MiddleAges: From #Medieval to Neo.
(Series Eds: @ClaireKennan & I)
Our new @Brepols series welcomes proposals for monographs and essay collections.
See below flyer for details.
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#TodaysLoveliness: Tullibody Auld Kirk, Clackmannanshire. Linked to Cambuskenneth Abbey. Founded 1149, stone records 1539 restoration. Damaged by army of Mary of Guise. Restored in 1760+ became mausoleum. 1833 became chapel of ease but abandoned as unsafe 1900s.

'THE BRITISH PARISH' - a virtual @WarwickHistory research seminar by @KitFrench1348 & Gary Gibbs, with a response by Joe Chick, moderated by @BeatKumin on Wed 10 March 2021, 4.30-6 pm UK time on TEAMS - ALL WELCOME. For advance reading & joining link see: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/myparish/events/otherevents

History tells how we were + how we changed to survive. Architecture is its perpetual monument. So learn how to “read” a building-ONLINE!
Study an MA in English Building History @UniOfYork! Recruiting for Sept. 3yrs PT run by @uniofyorkcll/@UoYArchaeology: http://www.York.ac.Uk/building

What better way to celebrate March than a talk about Dolores? Next up for @is_medieval, we have @martinemussies of @UtrechtUni on the dynamics of the neomedieval in @WestworldHBO! Weds 24 March, 5pm GMT. Tickets are free but going fast so get yours here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/martine-mussies-ill-be-backneo-medieval-cyborgization-tickets-135290013071?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

My blog-post write-up about last week's talk, with thanks again to @ClaireKennan and @Emma_J_Wells for being awesome organisers and hosts!

We've added several new dates to our FREE #LunchtimeLecture series! From the #DarkAges to the #20thCentury - join us as we explore a wealth of topics inc.

⛪️#Church #Architecture
And so much more!

Join us 👉 https://bit.ly/33lePEY

#TodaysLoveliness: St Michael and All Angels Church, Altcar. Earliest record of church on site in 1429. Then C17 church destroyed by fire and new one consecrated 1747. In 1878-79 was demolished + present built by John Douglas at expense of 4th Earl of Sefton.
📸 Small-town hero

Anyone happen to have a copy of Dutton’s Charlemagne’s Courtier at all?

#AnimalsInChurches #DragonsInChurches @johnevigar @pacoulmag @MorleyRA @Wuzmi @sarahjigpoon @DEmiliopics @last_of_england @ArtGuideAlex @bwthornton @cotentinologue1 @DrFrancisYoung @Emma_J_Wells @FRH_Europe @Moodyarchive

#TodaysLoveliness: St Michael and All Angels Hubberholme. C12 with C16 + C17 rebuilding. Originally forest chapel dedicated to St Oswald. Famous for rood loft, 1 of only 2 in North, thought to have come from Coverham Priory in 1558 + restored C20.

Ahh, that feeling. I think academics are innately predisposed to this (given we are made to feel that we are achieving *just* enough), but I’ve also tended towards the “enough is enough” attitude this year. Do what you can but what you enjoy. That’s all. It’s all that matters.

I love academia. Started at the bottom and now here I am 12 years later just slightly above the bottom.

#TodaysLoveliness: St Leonard, Birdingbury. Mid/late C18. Enlarged, altered and gothicised 1873. Present building replaced medieval one so decayed that permission given to demolish. C18 box pews remain and Victorians added chancel screen and encaustic floor tiles.
📸Benjamin Earl

Oh, yes! Another fabulous @is_medieval talk lined up for March. Tickets available now!

For those who couldn’t attend the first of the brand new @is_medieval seminar series, you can now watch online. Here is @howardmrw’s Dr Who & the Dark Ages: https://youtu.be/q5stPq37HAM

#TodaysLoveliness: Red Mount Chapel, Kings Lynn. Former Wayside Chapel for pilgrims on way to shrine of Our Lady, Walsingham. 1483-85 by Robert Curraunt; upper chapel 1505-06, attributed to Simon Clerk + John Wastell, mason for King's College Chapel Cambridge.
📸Historic England