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Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

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

Core Staff

The day-to-day running of IMEMS is the responsibility of the Core Executive Committee, comprising the Director and Associate Directors and the Administrator. 

Publication details

Hingley, Richard (2016). Constructing the Nation and Empire: Victorian and Edwardian Images of the Building of Roman Fortifications. In Graeco-Roman Antiquity and the idea of nationalism in the 19th century: case studies. Fögen, Thorsten & Warren, Richard Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. 153-174.

Author(s) from Durham


This paper explores four images that date to the late nineteenth and early twentieth
centuries that show building operations in Roman Britain. These include two paintings, an
engraving and a book illustration. The images show scenes derived from the Roman northern
frontiers in Britain and also the building of the Roman fort at Manchester. A series of human
characters included in these scenes provide insight into the ways that the Roman past was
envisaged in Victorian and Edwardian Britain. This paper seeks to relate these images of ancient
scenes of building to the concerns of contemporary communities about national identity
and the imperial role of Britain at a time of heightening international insecurity. It is clear that
Romans and ancient Britons represented powerful ancestor figures and the images show a
variety of ways in which the past was received and communicated.

Full Executive Committee

Our Full Executive Committee is made up of the Core Executive Committee, listed above, plus a number of executive members including:

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: