Professor Catherine Clarke

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Professor Catherine Clarke
PhD (King's College London, 2003), MA (University of Reading, 1999), BA (University of Oxford, 1998)
Professor and Director of the Centre for the History of People, Place and Community, Institute of Historical Research
Institute of Historical Research
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Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
Communities, Classes, Races, Cultural memory, Culture, Digital resources, English Literature, History, Medieval History, Metropolitan history
Research keywords:
medieval, history, literature, heritage, digital, place, story, coproduction, creative, public
Summary of research interests and expertise:

Place and identity; medieval history, literature and culture; medievalism and uses of the past; heritage; place-making and management / interpretation of historic places; co-production, collaborative methods and creative practice; digital approaches

Publication Details

Related publications/articles:

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01-May-2020 The St Thomas Way and the Medieval March of Wales: Exploring Place, Heritage, Pilgrimage

Edited Book

The St. Thomas Way is a new heritage route from Swansea to Hereford that invites visitors to step into the rich and complex history of the medieval March of Wales. This volume brings together studies and reflections by those involved in the project, explores the St. Thomas Way as a visitor experience, and offers new insights into commemoration, "sense of place," and pilgrimage today. This book is for readers interested in medieval cults of the saints and pilgrimage traditions, especially those of St. Thomas of Hereford; medieval and modern day pilgrimage; those with a professional interest in heritage, tourism, and regional development; and scholars interested in the process of developing research into public-facing projects and in the application of digital methods and tools in heritage contexts.

15-Mar-2019 Medieval Cityscapes Today


This book explores medieval cityscapes within the modern urban environment, using place as a catalyst to forge connections between past and present, and investigating timely questions concerning theoretical approaches to medieval urban heritage, as well as the presentation and interpretation of that heritage for public audiences. Written by a specialist in literary and cultural history with substantial experience of multi-disciplinary research into medieval towns, Medieval Cityscapes Today teases out stories and strata of meaning from the urban landscape, bringing techniques of close reading to the material fabric of the city, as well as textual artefacts associated with it. Deriving from the author’s own experience in urban regeneration and heritage interpretation projects, case studies — such as the development of a public art installation at a medieval ruin site and the development of a pavement marker trail — provide ways into exploring broader questions about relationships between the medieval and modern city.

Additional Publications

Research Projects & Supervisions

Research projects:


Invisible Worlds: Place-Making, Augmented Reality, and Alderley Edge Institute of Historical Research
Project period: 01-May-2020 - 30-Jun-2023

Research interests: History

City Witness: Place and Perspective in Medieval Swansea

Principal Investigator (2013-14) Funded by the AHRC

Creative Repurposing and Levelling Up: History, Heritage and Urban Renewal

IHR project co-led with Matthew Bristow, and researchers Rachel Delman, Mark Liebenrood and Jon Winder, 2022

Discover Medieval Chester

Principal Investigator (2012-13) Funded by the AHRC

Invisible Worlds: Place-making, Augmented Reality and Alderley Edge

Co-Investigator (2020-22) Funded by the AHRC

Mapping Medieval Chester: Place and Perspective in an English Borderland City, c. 1200-1500

Principal Investigator (2008-09) Funded by the AHRC

The St Thomas Way: A New Heritage Route from Swansea to Hereford

Principal Investigator (2017-18) Funded by the AHRC

Towns and the Cultural Economies of Recovery: A New Multi-disciplinary Mapping

AHRC-funded research scoping study, 2021 (Co-Investigator).


Victoria County History of England

Director (2019 -)

Available for doctoral supervision: Yes

Relevant Events

Related events:

Date Details
16-Mar-2022 Imagining Microplaces: Medieval to the Present

York Medieval Public Lecture

26-May-2021 Making places: heritage, renewal and site-specific medievalism

University of Southampton Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture, Reuter Lecture 2021

26-Apr-2021 Reading trauma in early medieval English texts

University of Manchester Toller Memorial Lecture, 2021

16-Mar-2021 Sensing Place Heritage, Renewal and New Public Realms

The Inaugural Lancaster University Castle Lecture

16-Sep-2020 What is Local History?

Keynote Lecture, British Association for Local History AGM, 2020

Knowledge transfer activities:

All history is local: Wilton, 1066, and the VCH past, present and future

Lecture for the Victoria County History of Wiltshire at Wiltshire Museum (virtually).

Pilgrims and Phantoms: The St Thomas Way and the Medieval March of Wales

F.C. Morgan Lecture, Woolhope Naturalists' Field Club, Hereford

Future History Workshop

Public workshop for the Being Human Festival, 2021

BBC Radio Four Lost Worlds: pilot episode

Advisor on research and expert consultants.

Future Maps workshop

Public workshop for the Being Human Festival, 2021

Consultancy & Media
Available for consultancy:
Media experience:
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