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:
Dr Steve Hindle (The Huntington Library)
Steve Hindle became W.M. Keck Foundation Director of Research at The Huntington in July 2011. His leadership responsibilities at the Huntington include the co-ordination of the fellowship program (which funds approximately 200 scholars each year to work on the library collections); the design of the schedule of lectures and conferences; and the oversight of the Publications Department
Hindle is by training a social and economic historian of early modern England, and he previously worked at the University Warwick, where he was successively Director of the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, Deputy-Chair and Chair of the History Department. He was born and educated in Warrington (Lancashire) in the north-west of England, and received his first degree in History from Fitzwilliam College Cambridge in 1986. He subsequently studied for an MA in History and Political Science at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, before returning to work on his Cambridge PhD, completed in 1992. He was elected to a Junior Research Fellowship at Girton College Cambridge in 1991 and was appointed as one of the first Warwick Research Fellows in the Department of History at Warwick in 1995, becoming Senior Lecturer in 2001, and Professor in 2004.
Between 1999 and 2004, he acted as annual reviewer of periodical literature for the Economic History Review, and subsequently became Junior Editor of that journal in 2007 and Managing Editor in 2009. He currently sits on the editorial boards not only of the Review, but also of the journals Rural History, the Journal of Historical Sociology, Histoire Sociale/Social History and the Huntington Library Quarterly. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society; and has served on the Executive Committee of the Economic History Society; the British Academy Publications Committee for Records of Social and Economic History; and the Councils of the Dugdale Society and the North American Conference on British Studies.
His first book, The State and Social Change in Early Modern England (Palgrave, 2000) was an attempt to explore the scale of popular participation in the process of governing rural England in the period c.1550-1640. His second monograph, entitled On the Parish? The Micro-Politics of Poor Relief in Rural England, c.1550-1750 was published by Oxford University Press in 2004, and was re-issued in paperback in 2009. He is the co-editor of two collections of essays: The Experience of Authority in Early Modern England (1996); and Remaking English Society: Social Change and Social Relations in Early Modern England (2013). He also contributed a substantial introduction to an edition of the Layston-with-Buntingford Parish Memorandum Book, c.1607-1750 (Hertfordshire Record Society, 2004). Since 2004 he has completed the research for his next project, a monographic study provisionally entitled 'The Social Topography of a Rural Community: The Warwickshire Parish of Chilvers Coton, c.1600-1730', for which he was awarded a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship in 2010, and which has so far resulted in the publication of seven essays and articles.
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 Dr Birgitt Borkopp-Restle
Dept. History of Textile Arts (The Werner and Margaret Abegg Chair)
Institut für Kunstgeschichte der Universität Bern
CH – 3012 Bern
Birgitt Borkopp-Restle is Professor for the History of Textile Arts (Abegg-Stiftungs-Professur) at the Institute of Art History, Bern University (Switzerland). After graduating with a PhD in art history from Bonn University, she began her museum career as an exhibition secretary at the Schnütgen Museum, Cologne, and as a curatorial assistant at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg. In 1993 she was appointed curator of the Department of Textiles and Costume at the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum in Munich; based on the museum’s collection, she curated exhibitions, published, and taught courses on the history of textile arts at the universities of Augsburg and Bamberg. From 2005 until 2008 she was Director of the Museum of Applied Arts in Cologne. Parallel to her research projects in textile history, she continued to teach at the universities of Bonn, Dortmund, Düsseldorf and Basel. Since 2009 she has established an MA- and a PhD-program for the History of Textile Arts in Bern. Her main subjects of research are medieval and early modern textiles, the role of textiles in court ceremony and representation, and the exchange between the Orient and the West during the 16th to 18th centuries.
Birgitt Borkopp-Restle is President of CIETA (Centre International d’Etude des Textiles Anciens).
- History of textile arts with a special focus on the medieval and the early modern
- 15th and 16th century tapestries (with a focus on questions of technique and
- Textile objects as media of princely representation
- History of museums and collections
- History of research concerning the applied arts
- Cultural transfer between Europe and the Near and Far East
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.
The Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett (Dean of Durham)
The Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett is the Dean of Durham and in this capacity he is an ex-officio member of Council and a member of Ethics Advisory Committee.
Andrew served as a Curate in Torquay from 1989 to 1992 and then Chaplain to the Mission to Seafarers, and Assistant Chaplain to the Anglican Church in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. From 1995 to 1998 he was Team Vicar in Fareham before becoming Chaplain to the Bishop of Portsmouth, and also a Parliamentary Research Assistant and Secretary to the Church of England’s Doctrine Commission. From 2003 to 2008 he was Vicar of Goring-by-Sea in Chichester diocese and then Canon Residentiary and Keeper of the Fabric at Bristol Cathedral where he was Acting Dean.
From 2010 to 2016 Andrew was Rector of St Margaret’s Church at Westminster Abbey, where he was responsible for the Abbey’s relationships with Parliament, Whitehall and other faith communities, and in 2012 established the Westminster Abbey Institute, working with Public Service Institutions and Parliament Square to support ethics in public life. In June 2014 he became Archdeacon of Westminster and Sub-Dean of the Abbey. In July 2016 he was installed as Dean of Durham.
From 2013 to 2016 he was Chairman of the Field Lane Foundation, a charitable housing association working particularly with adults with complex needs, and in 2015 because a Trustee of the Mission to Seafarers, the global welfare charity. In Durham, he is the President of the St Cuthbert's Hospice, chairing the Ethics Committee and is the Rector of St Chad's College.