Staff and Governance
To contact the IMEMS administrative office please use the following details:
For the Administrator (maternity cover)
T: 0191 334 6574
For the Administrative Assistant
T: 0191 334 42974
Associate Director (World Heritage): Professor Robin Coningham - view profile
Associate Director: Professor Barbara Ravelhofer - view profile
The day-to-day running of IMEMS is the responsibility of the Core Executive Committee, comprising the Director and Associate Directors and the Administrator.
Full Executive Committee
Our Full Executive Committee is made up of the Core Executive Committee, listed above, plus a number of executive members including:
Chair of the Medieval and Early Modern Students Association
Director of the MA in Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Dr Helen Foxhall Forbes is a Senior Lecturer in Early Medieval History Her research explores the history of ideas, religion and intellectual culture in Britain and western Europe in the early and central middle ages.
Durham Cathedral’s Canon Librarian
The Reverend Canon Rosalind Brown is a Residentiary Canon of Durham Cathedral and a member of Cathedral Chapter. Canon Brown has responsibility for the ‘Nave’ division at Durham Cathedral, which includes the pastoral care and nurture of the Cathedral community and visitors, adult and children’s Christian education, the Cathedral’s provision for visitors, care of the Cathedral’s historic collections including the Library and Treasures, the visual arts in the Cathedral, and relationships with the wider community in the World Heritage Site, the City and County.
Durham University's Director of Cultural Engagement
Dr Keith Bartlett takes a cross-University leadership role in cultural engagement. He is responsible for developing the University’s heritage and cultural services and activities in partnership with academic departments and professional services, and acts as an interface between University cultural and heritage services and activities and those of external agencies.
Durham University's Professor of the History of the Book
Professor Richard Gameson specialises in the history of the book from Antiquity to the Renaissance, and in medieval art. He has published some eighty studies on medieval manuscripts, book collections, art and cultural history, including The Old Library (1988), The Early Medieval Bible (1994), The Role of Art in the late Anglo-Saxon Church (1995), The study of the Bayeux Tapestry (1997) The Manuscripts of Early Norman England (1999), Augustine of Canterbury and the Conversion of England (1999), The Scribe Speaks: colophons in early English Manuscripts (2002), Codex Aureus: an eighth-century gospel book (2001-2), The Earliest Books of Canterbury Cathedral (2008), Manuscript Treasures of Durham Cathedral (2010), and The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain volume I: c. 400-1100 (2012). He has recently completed a new study of the Lindisfarne Gospels (From Holy Island to Durham: the contexts and meanings of the Lindisfarne Gospels) to accompany the exhibition, 'Lindisfarne Gospels Durham', July-September 2013.
Durham University’s Head of Special Collections
Judy Burg is sub-librarian in charge of Durham University Museums, Archives and Special Collections. She is responsible for fundraising and collection development and general management of the Palace Green Library and its collections, and the historic collections at Ushaw College.
Durham World Heritage Site Coordinator
Jane Gibson is a graduate of Durham University in Archaeology (St. Aidan’s College 1978 to 1981), she started her career as a digging archaeologist, working in Carlisle and London. After several years in the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, managing the historical photographic archive, she specialised in the field of collections management, working in national museums, including the Science Museum, National Maritime Museum and Royal Air Force Museum. A return to the North of England saw her move to Beamish Open Air Museum as Head of Historic Operations, responsible for, amongst other things, the costumed interpreters, a coal mine, historic tram service and steam railway! More recently she worked with Hexham Abbey on their project to restore their monastic buildings, to create a visitor centre, education facilities and community/function hall, acting as fundraiser and producing the activity, conservation management and business plans in support of their successful £1.8m bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund. Most recently she has been project manager for the Cumbria Museum Consortium setting up and managing their Arts Council funded Major Museums Partnership to bring great culture and heritage to people across Cumbria. Returning to Durham to work with the Cathedral, University and Durham Council Council as WHS Co-ordinator will provide me with an exciting opportunity to continue to use and develop my skills and experience in heritage management, brokering and supporting partnerships both within the core membership of the management team and with the wider stakeholder community both within Durham and beyond.
IMEMS Publications Director
Dr Nicole Reinhardt is responsible for coordinating our publications series, Durham Publications in Medieval and Early Modern Studies. She researches on early modern European political culture, particularly in Italy, France, Spain and Portugal. Her first book examined clientele and patronage in 17th century Bologna as a means of understanding the social mechanisms underlying state building. More recently she has focused on religious discourse in political contexts, and its roles in the representation and constitution of political power. Her current project is concerned with the normative concepts and the practical problems of political counsel in catholic monarchies during the 16th and 17th centuries. Nicole has wide interests in intellectual history, the history of political thought, moral theology and in questions of theory and historiography.
Representative of Auckland Castle
Dr Chris Ferguson is the Curatorial Director at Auckland Castle Trust. He previously worked at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford and since completing his D.Phil at the University of Oxford, Chris’ academic research has focused upon the material culture associated with early medieval monasticism and settlement in Northumbria.
Representative of Durham Castle
Dr Richard Lawrie is Assistant to the Master and Lowe Librarian of University College.
International Advisory Board
We are extremely fortunate to have be able to call on the help and guidance of colleagues from around the world who help to shape and guide our direction, strategy and international reach. Our current Advisory Board members are:
Kai Weise (UNESCO)
Kai Weise has been working in various capacities as a UNESCO consultant and advisor to the UNESCO office in Kathmandu since 2004. He has facilitated the establishment of management systems for World Heritage properties such as Kathmandu Valley and Lumbini in Nepal, Samarkand in Uzbekistan, Mountain Railways of India and recently for Bagan in Myanmar.
Kai completed his Masters in Architecture from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich in 1992 and has been working as a municipal planner and architect in the Himalayan Region. He is president of the Nepal national committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and is a member of the International Scientific Committee on Risk Preparedness (ICOMOS-ICORP). He is also a member of the Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects (SIA) and the Society of Nepalese Architects (SONA).
Kai Weise has authored, edited and contributed to numerous UNESCO publications, mainly on defining and managing World Heritage properties.
Mrs Joanna Barker
Joanna Barker joined Council as a lay member on 1 August 2015 and is Chair of Finance Committee. She is an alumna of Durham University graduating with first class honours in French in 1981. She has maintained her links with Durham and is well known to the University as an existing benefactor.
She received the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from Durham University in 2012.
After a 35-year career in international private equity, Joanna’s final executive role was as partner in the private equity firm Advent International plc. Joanna retired from this role in December 2015.
Joanna has 25 years’ experience of serving on boards of international portfolio companies and extensive experience as a charity trustee. She is founder of Target Ovarian Cancer.
Joanna was awarded an MBE in the Birthday Honours 2014 for services to people with cancer.
Professor Audrey Horning (Queen's University Belfast)
Audrey Horning works on comparative colonialism and the relationship between archaeology and contemporary identity, with a particular focus upon European expansion into the early modern Atlantic world(s). Major archaeological fieldwork projects include directing excavations at Jamestown, Virginia (first permanent English New World settlement, 1607); on Plantation-period sites in Northern Ireland (Movanagher, Roe Valley/Limavady, Goodland); at the Slievemore Deserted Village, Achill Island, Co Mayo; and running a multi-year Survey of Rural Mountain Settlement in the Virginia Blue Ridge.
Professor Cynthia Neville (Dalhousie University)
Cynthia Neville is the George Munro professor of history at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her research interests include: Medieval Scottish history; Social history; Cultural history; Religious history and Medieval English legal history.
Professor Faith Wallis (McGill University)
Faith Wallis is a historian of medieval Europe, specializing in the history of science and medicine. She holds a joint appointment with the Department of Social Studies of Medicine at McGill University and an affilate of the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Toronto. She has published translations and studies of medieval time-reckoning (computus) and medicine. Her current research focuses on medical education and the transmission of medical knowledge in the 12th century.
Professor Helen Cooper (University of Cambridge)
Helen Cooper was the first woman fellow in the history of University College, Oxford, to teach medieval and early modern literature. She was the Editor for English Language and Literature for Medium Aevum for some years. In 2004, she returned to Cambridge - where she had taken her took her BA and PhD -, to Magdalene College, as the Professor of Medieval and Renaissance English. Her research interests include: Anglo-Norman and Middle English romance; the late fourteenth century, especially Chaucer; Chaucer's afterlife; the fifteenth century; connections between the Middle Ages and the early modern, especially in relation to Shakespeare and other drama, pastoral literature and romance.
Professor Jacqueline Hamesse (FIDEM and Université Catholique de Louvain)
Jacqueline Hamesse is President of FIDEM (The International Federation of Institutes for Medieval Studies)
Founded in 1987, FIDEM's main objectives are to support and foster medieval studies in all areas of knowledge through the organization of meetings, the publication of monographs, and the promotion of a diploma aimed at young researchers.
Professor James Carley (York University, Toronto)
James Carley is Distinguished Research Professor at York University, Toronto. He is a specialist in Old and Middle English, the history of manuscripts, bibliography and the early Tudor period. He has written extensively on Glastonbury, John Leland, sixteenth-century book culture, the Arthurian legend, and Lawrence Durrell. He is an Associate Fellow of the PIMS Institute, and is Chair of the Institute's Manuscript Review Committee which oversees the editorial programme.
Professor James Simpson (Harvard University)
James Simpson is Donald P. and Katherine B. Loker Professor of English at Harvard University (2004-). Educated at the universities of Melbourne and Oxford, he was formerly Professor of Medieval and Renaissance English at the University of Cambridge. His most recent books are: Reform and Cultural Revolution, being volume 2 in the Oxford English Literary History (Oxford University Press, 2002); Burning to Read: English Fundamentalism and its Reformation Opponents (Harvard University Press, 2007); and Under the Hammer: Iconoclasm in the Anglo-American Tradition (Oxford University Press, 2010). His book Permanent Revolution: The Reformation and the Illiberal Roots of Liberalism will appear with Harvard University Press in 2019.
Professor Mary Carruthers (New York University)
Mary Carruthers is the Erich Maria Remarque Professor of English, emerita, at New York University. She studies memory training and rhetorical practices of the Middle Ages, in universities and monasteries, clerical and court cultures, with a particular focus on compositional and performative practice in the arts of the twelfth through the mid-fifteenth centuries in Europe.
Professor Miri Rubin (Queen Mary University of London)
Miri Rubin is Professor of Medieval and Early Modern History at Queen Mary University of London. Her research has ranged across the period 1100-1600, through the exploration of themes in the religious culture of Europe. She isinterested in inter-disciplinary encounters, and enjoys disseminating history to diverse audiences all over the world.
Professor Neil Kenny (University of Oxford)
Neil Kenny is a Senior Research Fellow and Professor of French at All Souls College, University of Oxford. He mainly works on the literary and intellectual history of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century France. His research interests include:
- Literature, thought, and culture in France and other parts of Europe, especially c. 1530-1650
- The relation of literature and learning to social hierarchy
- The role of various dimensions of language (e.g. concept-formation; tense) in the shaping of knowledge and belief