Author, lecturer and independent scholar
My approach towards research and writing utilises two pertinent areas of my experience: as a medieval and Renaissance historian/art historian; and as a lifetime hunter, angler and conservationist. I believe each of these elements complements the other, producing a rational, acceptable and holistic result, thus contributing towards our understanding of the dynamics of European late medieval communities.
* Late medieval and Renaissance hunting and hawking in all aspects, particularly iconography and imagery
* Women's roles in hunting across the social spectrum during the later Middle Ages and Renaissance
* The emergence of angling as a leisure pursuit
* Robin Hood rhymes and hunting vocabulary
* The iconography of Books of Hours, Psalters and other personal prayer books
* Independent specialist in art history and medieval hunting, Steering Committee of the AHRC-funded project 'Dama International: Fallow Deer and European Society 4000 BC - AD 1600', Dept of Archaeology, University of Nottingham.
Secondary school teacher in private and state education, 1970-1990
Senior tutor and lecturer in History and English at Darlington College of Technology, 1993-2006
Part-time lecturer in Medieval History at the Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge, 2000-2004
Occasional lecturer for the University of South Carolina and other Higher Education institutions, 1994 - date
Invited Visiting Scholar at St. John’s College, University of Oxford, 2006 and 2011
WEA tutor in Art History, 2007 - date
Tutor in Art History, North Yorkshire Adult Learning & Skills Service, 2007- date
Tutor in Art History, The Station, Richmond, North Yorkshire, 2011- date