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

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Reminder, you can use #icanhaspdf here on Twitter to get articles/book chapters sent to you by people with access. I’m also -always- willing to find PDFs I have access to and send them along to others. #copyfight! https://twitter.com/florencehrs/status/1307696789382987777

A timely reminder that if you cannot currently go to your institution's library in person, I have found librarians to be exceptionally helpful and accommodating in sending chapter scans etc during lockdown (and indeed always, if you're a distance learner or have access needs).

#TodaysLoveliness: St Michael's, Longstanton. Mostly early C13 with chancel rebuilt in 1884. In the churchyard is a rebuilt C19 gault brick and pebblestone well, used until the 1880s for baptisms. Now owned by @TheCCT.

A political joke for ecclesiologists. @Ecclsoc https://twitter.com/DavidMuttering/status/1307935682032291842

#TodaysLoveliness: St Andrew's, Aveton Gifford. Latter half C13 but rebuilt/modified following bomb damage in 1943. Reconsecrated by Bishop of Exeter 12 October 1957. New tower built 1970. Intrados to N tower arch has 191 figure niche to Bishop Stapletone, c.1300.

Don’t miss this week’s @TheCCT lunctime lunchtime lecture with the fabulous @Hugh_Willmott on the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Thursday, 1pm, free. Sign up and tune in here:

CHURCH BOTTOM! https://twitter.com/roberrttoa/status/1307395070992306177

Remember: T-8 days to the AGM and lecture. Don’t miss it!
And if you’re not already following the SCA on Facebook and Twitter, please do so; you’ll get all exciting Society information first hand.

#TodaysLoveliness: St Mary’s, Sundridge. On Pilgrim’s Way. 2-cell C12, enlarged C13, N + S aisles added + chancel extended. Tower poss C13. Renovated C15. Chancel remodelled c.1808 by J Carter of Lord Fredrick Campbell of Coombe Bank. 1882 fire damaged chancel.

A polite reminder that no one was ever, no one is, and no one will ever be 'GENETICALLY VIKING!'

Dr @Emma_J_Wells, ecclesiastical, architecture historian and heritage consultant: "I don't mind queuing endlessly along the #A303 if the only other option is to wipe out a vast amount of our country's history."
Write to your MP https://stonehengealliance.org.uk/act-now/write-to-your-mp/

Hivemind: where do we think the cathedra stood at @No1Cathedral prior to the 1174 fire (when said throne supposedly decimated)? Guessing that one wasn’t purbeck? @Armentarius?

Roll up, roll up! We have @CarenzaLewis giving our first online lecture next weekend! Register now. Not to be missed!

Soz’ for silence: been feeling under the weather. 😩
But some good news: as of next weekend, I‘ll officially be the new Secretary and Publicity Officer for @SocChurchArch! So, I’ll be taking over the social medias; you can guess what to expect from now on! 😏

#TodaysLoveliness: St Helen's, Wicken Bonhunt. Built C10-12. Settlement found in 1970s, showed signs of late Bronze Age, Saxon + Norman activity + included burial ground w/ over 200 human remains. By 1543 chapel abandoned. In 1918 owner of Bonhunt Farm restored it.

A nice little lunchtime stroll to catch the end of summer rays today. And a good bit of railway shizz for @TurnipRail.

#TodaysLoveliness: St Mary’s, Stalisfield. C13 and restored 1904. Exterior heavily restored, tower topped by weather vane dated 1904, over a wooden belfry with tiled roof designed by Bensted of Maidstone.
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... held as a webinar with a keynote by Nicola Whyte. Do join us & please disseminate @CREMS_bham @EcclesHistSoc @VCH_London @Emma_J_Wells @wartsandbrawls @DrRJWarren @drjpwillis @ElizabethTingle @CREMSYork @_drsang @englishparish @Hannah_Reeve_ @LydiaJFisher @MJJSchepers ...

#TodaysLoveliness: St Paul’s, Thuxton.
Broadly Norman nave with C14 additions and in C15 tower was rebuilt, walls of nave punched with Perpendicular windows. Tower was never finished and topped out with an octagonal cap. S aisle demolished, leaving ghost of arcade.