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Dr Heidi Stoner

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow (Early Medieval History) in the Department of History

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Heidi Stoner's research is primarily focused on Early Medieval material culture of the Insular world. Her doctoral thesis was undertaken at the University of York and focused on Anglo-Saxon kingship and how it is signified through material culture in the visual traditions. She is particularly interested in iconography, historiography, monumental art and its use in the early Christian landscape.

Her current research project is a three-year Early Career Fellowship sponsored by the Leverhulme Trust entitled Sculpture in the Early Medieval Irish Sea c. 800-c.1000: Interlacing Traditions. This project explores the cultural significance of the early medieval stone sculptures produced in the Irish Sea Regions of Britain and Ireland in the ninth and tenth centuries. It challenges prevalent assumptions about state formation and national and ethnic exceptionalism as it has developed in Britain and Ireland, instead investigating their function as symbols of secular, religious and economic power within a culturally connected area. This will allow a nuanced narrative of cultural contact between the areas of ancient and modern northern Britain, Ireland and the Isle of Man which will give greater understanding of the shared materiality in this region.

Research Groups

Department of History

Research Projects

Department of History

Research Interests

  • Anglo-Saxon art and culture
  • Early Christian Art and Architecture
  • Early Medieval Architecture and Sculpture
  • Iconography
  • Insular Church Foundations
  • Insular Manuscripts
  • Late Antiquity
  • Manx Sculpture
  • Material Culture
  • The Early Church in the North Atlantic
  • Viking-age Christianity
  • Visual Culture


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