About the Trust

Current Trustees

Professor Emeritus Dame Rosemary Cramp D.B.E.

Professor Rosemary Cramp

Dame Rosemary Cramp is Emeritus Professor of Archaeology at Durham University. After a period as an undergraduate and then lecturer at Oxford University she came to Durham in 1955, and has remained there ever since.

She has served on many institutions including as a Commissioner for The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, and for English Heritage, as a Trustee of the British Museum, and as President of the Society of Antiquaries of London as well as of several Local Societies.

Her research and publications have included Northumbrian Settlement, the Relationship between Anglo-Saxon Literature and Archaeology, Early Medieval Monasteries, Anglo-Saxon Sculpture, Early Window Glass.

John Davidson B.A. (Hons)

John graduated in History at Leeds before teaching history in England and New Zealand. For many years he ran a newsagency business before moving to Wooler to work for the Glendale Gateway Trust.

An active member of the community, he has been Chair of Wooler Parish Council, a Councillor for Berwick Borough Council and a member of the Northumberland National Park Authority.

Professor Christopher Gerrard B.A.(Hons), Ph.D., FSA

Chris studied Archaeology and Geology at Bristol University and completed his doctorate there on trade and medieval communities in south-west England. After a post-doctoral project took him to Spain on behalf of the British Museum, Chris worked first on the commercial side of archaeology at Cotswold Archaeology, then as a consultant, before joining the University of Winchester and subsequently Durham University in 2000.

He has been both a Head of Department there and a Deputy Head of Faculty but has continued fieldwork projects in the UK, Spain and most recently in the Azores. His interests lie in the study of landscapes and water features, the origins and evolution of rural settlement, and natural disasters.

His last book, Interpreting the English Village, co-authored with Mick Aston, won the Best Archaeological Book award in 2014.

Dr Patrick Gleeson B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

Patrick holds a BA in Archaeology and History from University College Cork, an MA in Medieval Archaeology from the University of York, and a PhD on ‘Landscapes of kingship in early medieval Ireland’ from University College, Cork.

He subsequently worked as a Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Archaeology, National University of Ireland, Galway, before being appointed a lecturer in archaeology in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Newcastle University in 2015.

His research interests include the archaeology of Northern Europe during the first millennium AD, with a particular focus on royal landscapes, cult, and the archaeology of rulership and governance. He is also currently a council member of the Society for Medieval Archaeology.

Chris Jones. B.A., M.A.

Chris studied History and Archaeology at Leicester University, taking his Masters in Landscape Archaeology at Sheffield University. He has excavated widely across Britain, from infrastructure projects such as the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and Heathrow Terminal 5 developments to research projects in the Peak District and Outer Hebrides.

He has worked in a variety of capacities ranging from the freelance and contracted (with North Pennines Heritage Trust), a Consultancy with RPS Planning, Transport and Environment and as Area Co-ordinator for the North Pennines AONB Partnership. For the last ten years he has been Historic Environment Officer for Northumberland National Park.

Formerly Council Member and Secretary for RESCUE: The British Archaeological Trust, he is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists, CBA North Deputy Chair, also serving on the UK National Parks Historic Environment Working Group as well as being a member of ALGAO England Executive Committee.

Roger Miket B.A. (Hons), M,Litt., FSA.

A graduate in History and post-graduate in Archaeology at Newcastle University, Roger began work in the Museum of Antiquities/Department of Archaeology, University of Newcastle Upon -Tyne, before becoming Principal Keeper of Archaeology for Tyne & Wear Museums Service.

In 1986 he moved to the Hebrides to establish a museums service for Skye & Lochalsh and work on the archaeology of the Inner Hebrides, and six years later was appointed a Manager of Culture and Leisure, with Highland Council. For many years he was a tutor in Archaeology for the Adult Education Departments of Newcastle University and the University of Aberdeen, subsequently serving as a member of the Northern Board of Scottish Natural Heritage as well as a trustee of the Glendale Gateway Trust.

His research interests have led him to undertake survey and excavation of sites of all periods from the mesolithic to the later 19th century, and a number of books and publications on the history and archaeology of north Britain. Some of his Scottish titles were published by Maclean Press, a publishing company he founded and ran for over twelve years on the Isle of Skye.

Peter Topping, BA (Hons), PhD, FSA, MCIfA

Peter's background is in multi-period landscape analysis and has undertaken excavation and fieldwork in the Northumberland Cheviots since 1970. He has worked for the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England and English Heritage for over twenty-eight years, on projects as varied as Neolithic flint mines and causewayed enclosures, the Stonehenge World Heritage Site landscape, the South-East Northumberland Cheviots, medieval settlements, industrial monuments and Cold War defence sites.

He has also participated in projects led by the US National Park Service in Ohio and Minnesota, and is currently directing a long-term project on the hillfort and its environs on Wether Hill in the Breamish Valley of the Northumberland Cheviots.

He has published extensively and currently co-editing with Dr Julie Gardiner, a new Oxbow Books series entitled 'American Landscapes' accessible accounts of archaeological/cultural landscapes, defined by region, theme or time periods.

Dr Dave Petts. M.A., Ph.D.

David is Senior Lecturer in the Archaeology of Northern England at Durham University and convenes the Department’s North-East England Research Group, having spent time working in commercial and local government archaeology before taking up his post in Durham in 2007. His main research interests focus on the social archaeology of the 1st millennium AD, with a particular focus on the development of Christianity.

As part of this he is carrying out fieldwork on the Holy Island on the site of the Anglo-Saxon monastery of Lindisfarne with collaborators DigVentures, funded through crowd-funding and a series of other grants including one from National Geographic. Whilst most of his current work is focused on the north of England, he has significant research interests in Wales and Scotland, as well as the wider North Sea world.

He has written books on the early medieval church in Wales and a more theoretical consideration of the process of conversion in the early medieval world in Britain and elsewhere. Outside Britain and Ireland he has had a particular long-standing interest in the early church in Brittany and Western Normandy.

In 2011 he was been chosen as one of the winners of BBC Radio 3 and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) inaugural New Generation Thinkers Scheme. He is on the committee of the Chartered Institute for Archaeology’s Research and Impact Special Interest Group.

Dr Sarah Semple B.A., M.A., D.Phil.

Sarah studied at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, specialising in medieval archaeology, following this with an MA in Historical Studies and a D. Phil. in Archaeology from The Queen’s College, Oxford. She completed a 2-year research fellowship at Oxford before moving to Chester where she helped initiate the single honours degree programme in Archaeology.

She is currently Reader in Anglo-Saxon Archaeology at Durham University. She has worked on over thirty field projects and spent time in commercial archaeology. She specialises in early the medieval archaeology of Britain and northern Europe and has recently completed large collaborative field and research projects on the monastic site/s of Wearmouth and Jarrow, and The Assembly Project which examined evidence for early governance in Northern Europe.

Now leading a team for the Leverhulme-funded project People and Place: the Making of the Kingdom of Northumbria CE 300-800, she is exploring the burial data sets for northern England and southern Scotland. Her recent publications include Perceptions of the Prehistoric in Anglo-Saxon England (Oxford University Press) and a joint edited volume with Richard Jones, Sense of Place in Anglo-Saxon England (Shaun Tyas).

Kate Wilson B.A. (Hons), PG. dip., FSA

Kate studied Architecture at the Polytechnic of Central London, Archaeology at Durham University and postgraduate studies in Building Conservation at Bournemouth University with the late John Ashurst.

She is a principal adviser for Heritage at Risk at Historic England heading a proactive team who work with national and local partners and other funding bodies to reduced risks to significant heritage assets in North East of England. She is always looking for new projects and partners - local authorities, owners, developers and land managers who want to deliver management, repair or development solutions that will rescue historic sites from neglect, decay and inappropriate development.

Although most of her work is focused on heritage at risk in the north, she is currently working on strategic approaches to monitoring and eradicating bracken on archaeological sites in England and the promotion of traditional building skills and training.

Brian Cosgrove

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