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

Please spread the word to art historians, anthropologists, ethnographers, literature scholars, religious studies scholars, patristics scholars, theologians, New Testament & early Christianity scholars, archaeologists, medievalists, scholars of Judaism and Islam, film studies, etc https://twitter.com/salvadorryan/status/1449433162292113412

#TodaysLoveliness: St James, Kington. C13 core to chancel and nave, although latter widened C16. Timber framed bell turret built C15. Restored in 1881 by W.J. Hopkins, architect of Worcester then repairs undertaken in 1962 when tile roofs + timber framing renewed.
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OMG 😱 Saints galore! Margery, Julian, Thomas, Peter, Hilda, Eilmer, etc!

For anyone who couldn’t but would like to hear the second lecture I gave last night as part of the @riponcathedral Autumn Lecture Series, you can catch-up right here (last week’s lecture is up here, too):
https://youtu.be/yhZ9qh1_xXo via @YouTube

Going live any minute now over on @riponcathedral’s YouTube page.

Tonight, Dr Emma Wells will give the second in her series of lectures at 7.30pm in the quire. Refreshments are available.

We'll be broadcasting live on our Youtube Channel - make sure to subscribe here:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt1jF1zSES6ON0d1RJlt8sQ

@LeedsCofE @Emma_J_Wells @RiponDean @moreRipon

I’ll be giving the 2nd of 4 lectures as part of @riponcathedral’s Autumn Lecture series tonight at 7.30pm. You can attend the lecture in person or watch live as it’s also streamed on the cathedral’s YouTube page. Last week’s lecture can be watched here: https://youtu.be/x_nVJ9JakyY

#TodaysLoveliness: St Lawrence, Gumfreston. Traditionally birthplace of St Teilo in C5. Church in small valley above ancient wells. Chancel arch suggests C12 date. Nave, chancel and S chapel are likely C13 + 1st documentary reference is 1291. Restoration in 1870.
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There was an @EmmaBridgewater on my recent travels to the Cotswolds, so I just had to top up the collection.

The Society for Church Archaeology is inviting applicants for its annual research grant. Applicants should email the form in the link to Dr Kristján Ahronson by November 15th. Further details can be found in the link provided.


#TodaysLoveliness: Smallcombe Vale Cemetery. Cemetery opened 1861 by the Bathwick Burial Board and closed late C20, when full. Octagonal nonconformist mortuary chapel designed by Alfred S Goodridge. Anglicans and non-conformists buried in separate areas.
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Once again, Alex Woodcock (@beakheads)!

In this drop, his designs focus on some of his favourite elements of architectural sculpture and carving – oddities – and worked them into new images and simplifying forms, even mediums.


You heard correctly. New collection from @WIHStore dropped today!

A huge thanks to all who attended, and watched online, the 1st in my 4-part series for @riponcathedral’s Autumn lectures. It was an honour to speak from such a sacred location. I look forward to seeing you next week, Thurs, 7.30pm, Treasures Untold: The Pilgrim Journey at Ripon.

My talk for @riponcathedral is now live streaming over on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/x_nVJ9JakyY

Tonight, 7.30, for those who can attend in person. For those who can’t, it will be steamed online and uploaded to YouTube. I look forward to it.

It’s just after 8am and my day is already running behind. It was running behind at 7.30am.