Who We Are
Daniel Maudlin

Director, Cornerstone

Daniel Maudlin is Professor of Early Modern History. Specialising in historic buildings, landscapes and urbanism, he has run heritage projects with partners including the National Trust, Mount Edgcumbe Country Park, the Strawberry Hill Trust and Powderham Castle. He previously worked as an Inspector of Historic Buildings for Historic Scotland. He has a PhD from the University of St Andrews and held a Leverhulme postdoctoral fellowship jointly with Glasgow University and Dalhousie University, Canada. 

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James Daybell

Co-Director, Cornerstone

James Daybell is Professor of Early Modern British History at Plymouth University, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Director of the Arts and Humanities Research Institute at Plymouth.His expertise lie in the fields of early modern social, cultural and political history; heritage and public history; and he is a world expert on the history and use of archives, letters and letter-writing, and material culture. He is co-presenter along with the BBC’s Sam Willis of the new podcast series 'Histories of the Unexpected' hosted by Dan Snow¹s History Hit, and available on iTunes and other platforms: historyh.it/unexpected.

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Kim Stevenson

Co-Director, Cornerstone Heritage

Kim Stevenson is Professor of Socio-Legal History with a particular interest in the history of crime and criminal justice. She is co-founder and co-director of SOLON: Interdisciplinary Studies in Law, Crime and History and co-editor of the Routledge SOLON book series: Explorations in the Histories of Crime and Criminal Justice. She is currently leading research on Everyday Offending in Plymouth and the South West 1850-1914.

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Annika Bautz

Head of School of Humanities and Performing Arts

Dr Annika Bautz is Associate Professor of Nineteenth-Century Literature at Plymouth University, as well as Head of School of Humanities and Performing Arts. Her publications include essays on the history of reading and libraries, and on authors including Walter Scott, Jane Austen, Edward Bulwer-Lytton and George Eliot.

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Harry Bennett

Associate Professor (Reader) in History

My work examines the land sea and air campaigns of the Second World War and interactions between the military, politicians and diplomats in the formulation of policy, and the development and execution of strategy.  This includes the military as specialised societies and their interaction with civilian society .  Library and reading culture as it relates to maritime societies, marine organisations (Royal Navy and Merchant Seamen), information development/exchange and control, and how libraries relate to imperial and maritime cultures is another focus of my work.I am a trustee of the museum and collections Britannia Royal Naval College.

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Peter Bokody

Lecturer in Art History

Dr Péter Bokody is Lecturer in Art History at Plymouth University. He published extensively on late medieval and early renaissance painting. In 2014, he was the curator of the joint international exhibitions Icons and Relics and Image and Christianity which focused on the various forms of image-worship in medieval Christianity.

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Mark Brayshay

Emeritus Professor of Human Geography, President of the Devon History Society

My research is concerned with the historical geography of early modern road communications in England and Wales as well as Tudor and Stuart topographical description and antiquarian writing. I am also interested in Victorian and early twentieth century emigration and colonial settlement,interlocking directorships and social biographies of capitalism in early twentieth century global economy.

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James Brocklehurst

Lecturer in Graphic Communication School of Art, Design and Architecture (Faculty of Arts & Humanities)

James is interested in the development of new media platforms for heritage interpretation. His research is concerned with the impact of interactivity on visual communication within digital media platforms such as the use of sensor inputs in tablet/mobile publications to determine visual narrative . He is also interested in the use of Twitter as a graphic storytelling medium. He is an Internal Investigator for the EU Marie Curie ITN funded CogNovo doctoral network, for project 9 Designing Playful Systems in Mixed Reality

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Steve Goodhew

Associate Head of School (Research & Graduate Affairs) School of Art, Design and Architecture (Faculty of Arts & Humanities)

Steve Goodhew is Professor of Environmental Building and Discipline Leader in the School of Architecture, Design and Environment at Plymouth University. He has been teaching and researching in the area of sustainable construction for over 20 years. His main focus has been the assessment and monitoring of historic buildings specialising in the in situ measurement of the thermal properties of building materials, particularly the use of thermal imaging.

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James Gregory

Lecturer in Cultural History

James Gregory works in the field of British cultural and social history and has taught undergraduate courses on heritage and public history, and Victorian architecture and the built environment, and supervised Masters research on heritage in Cornwall. His published research has studied regional and local identities. His current research on South West heritage (disseminated via a series of public talks for the Devonshire Association, Friends of Devon Archives and Plymouth History Month) has included work on the spiritualist movement. He will be contributing in early 2017, to the project Footsteps of the Victorians, an HLF-funded scheme on Dartmoor.

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Simon Lock

Lecturer in Digital Arts and Technology School of Art, Design and Architecture (Faculty of Arts & Humanities)

Simon has a PhD in Computing and is currently employed as a Lecturer in Digital Art and Technology at Plymouth University.His areas of interest include: 3D modelling, rendering and immersive media; Digital animation and real-world simulation; Graphical data visualisation (including weather, visitor patterns, human biometrics etc); Electronic environmental sensor design and fabrication; Public understanding of science (including biology, ecology and particle science). Simon is also currently engaged in a number of projects involving reconstructive Victoriana: recreating vintage devices such as music players, cinematic equipment, stills cameras and fortune telling machines. 

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Jason Lowther

Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Law

Jason Lowther is an Associate Professor in Law at Plymouth University.  His interests and expertise are in relation to UK and EU environmental law and procedure and he has published widely in these and related areas in cluding the historic environment. He has contributed a chapter, concerning offshore environmental assessment, to English Heritage’s Marine Archaeology Legislation Project(https://historicengland.org.uk/images-books/publications/marine-archaeology-legislation-project/)which was commissioned to explore the range of legislative options available to EH in seeking to protect underwater cultural heritage.  Jason has assisted in the drafting of advice to the MMO (licensing exemptions) and the JNAPC.  He is currently involved in research in relation to the marine licensing, planning and MCZ components of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009.

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Jonathan Mackintosh

Lecturer in World History

Dr. Mackintosh is Lecturer in World History.  His research interests include gender and sexuality in twentieth century Japan and East Asia. More recently, he has worked on the history of trans-national migrations and encounter. The incitement, recording, and preservation of memory is at the heart of his research, teaching, and public heritage activities. In his collaborative partnership with the Centre for Oral History and Tradition, he is exploring the postwar history of Canadians of Japanese descent.  Closer to home, he has developed a range of teaching initiatives that contribute to Plymouth University’s distinctive History provision in heritage.  

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Charles Mansfield

Lecturer in Tourism, Managing People and French

Here at the University of Plymouth my work explores the dialogue between fictional representations of the city (most often textual in the form of literature) and the development of urban spaces as sites of consumption in travel, tourism and heritage management.  I aim to identify agency, such as the role of the writer or marketing body, alongside a close-reading of the text itself.  Ultimately, through the writing of text analysis software and its application to web content or large literary corpora in both French and English on particular cities, I am designing modelling tools for destination management and Place Branding. 

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Chelo de Andres Martinez

Senior Lecturer, Spanish Studies, Tourism and Hopsitality

My research is concerned with Cultural Diversity in Spanish Culture & Literature, Technology Enhanced Learning and Second Language Acquisition. I am passionate about enabling others to communicate in a second language and that remains the joy and pride of what I do.  I joined The University of Plymouth Business School in 1996 as a research-active lecturer in Spanish Language and Culture, having taught at The University of Sheffield and Exeter. I completed my First Degree at Universidad Complutense de Madrid and gained my PhD at The University of Sheffield.

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Dafydd Moore

Professor of English and Executive Dean of Faculty of Arts and Humanities

My current research engages with archipelagic understandings of eighteenth-century literary culture, with a particular interest in non-metropolitan (or not exclusively metropolitan) literary networks and associated questions of cultural and political identity. I have a special interest in John "Peter Pindar" Wolcot and Richard Polwhele and their circles.  I have also worked on the eighteenth-century Scottish writer James Macpherson and have published widely on the work of Macpherson and associated figures in a number of disciplines, including a full length study of Macpherson’s Ossian and a 4 volume set of Ossian-related materials.

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Craig Newbery-Jones

Lecturer in Law School of Law, Criminology and Government (Faculty of Business)

Craig Newbery-Jones is a lecturer in Plymouth Law School. He is interested in legal history, most notably nineteenth century legal history, professional legal history, and the history of the press in the Victorian age. He is also interested in the representation of the law and lawyers in historical and contemporary popular and press culture, often intersecting with considerations of the ethics and regulation of legal professionals in England and Wales. Craig also has a keen interest in pedagogical theory, research and innovation. 

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Mike Phillips

Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts and Director of Research at i-DAT

i-DAT is a Research and Design Collective playfully experimenting with data. We co-create and share technological prototypes and practices, that push and challenge the boundaries of digital arts and creative media practice. Our main focus is on making ‘data’ tangible, playable and readily available as a material, to generate new meaning and inform participation, audience engagement and innovation in the arts and heritage.

Heritage projects include development of the IT Strategy for The Tamar Valley Mining Heritage Project and ‘Cornwall Culture’. Interactive Pod Commission for Cornwall Arts Marketing. 

Phil Smith

Reader, Theatre and Performance

Dr. Phil Smith (Crab Man, Mytho) is a performance-maker, writer and ambulatory researcher, specialising in creating and researching performances related to walking, site-specificity, mythogeographies and counter-tourism. He is a core member of site-based arts collective Wrights & Sites, presently working on a new publication: ‘Architect Walkers’. He is a Site Artist for Tracing the Pathway’s ‘Groundwork’ project in Milton Keynes. He has created performance walks and interventions for a number of heritage sites including the Exeter’s Queen Street and Quay (with Simon Persighetti), the Royal William Yard in Plymouth and National Trust properties/areas at A La Ronde, Morte Point and Castle Drogo. 

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Andrew Thompson

Visiting Research Fellow, Department of History

Andrew Thompson is a Visiting Research Fellow in the department of History and director of the heritage consultancy Andrew Thompson Heritage. Andrew is an archaeologist and historian who has spent his working life exploring, explaining and interpreting the history and heritage of South West England.

Jameson Tucker

Lecturer in Early Modern European History

I have taught the Heritage and Public History module in History at Plymouth since its launch in 2012, and this year launched a new second year module called 'Other Voices', which is studies early modern society through groups on its fringes, like heretics, the poor, and foreigners.I did my PhD at the University of Warwick, supervised by Prof Penny Roberts. My thesis was on 'strangers' in Jean Crespin's French language martyrologies, and was completed in 2012. I completed an MA at the University of Birmingham's Centre for Reformation and Early Modern Studies in 2006, and a BA(H) in History with English at Queen's University, Canada in 2005. 

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Nicola Whitehouse

Reader in Physical Geography

I am a palaeoecologist and environmental archaeologist with a broad interest in late Quaternary environmental change. My expertise lies in the analysis of sub-fossil beetles in a variety palaeoenvironments, and I am primarily concerned with questions of environmental change, particularly over the late glacial and early-mid-Holocene, palaeoecology and biodiversity, understanding Holocene landscape structure and the development of the cultural landscape, especially the transition to the Neolithic. This research is funded via the Heritage Council (Ireland), NERC, AHRC, and British Academy.I am PI on the 'Cultivating Societies' project, which has been concerned with re-examining the transition and development of the Neolithic in Ireland. The project includes a publicly database of Irish plant macro fossils for the period. I am a founder member (together with Jane Bunting, University of Hull) of the 'Bridging the Gap' network, an informal group of ecologists, conservation managers and palaeoecologists interested in exploring the ways in which long term perspectives (considered as 100-10 000 year time spans) can contribute to understanding present ecosystems and ecosystem processes and to predicting future responses to environmental and management change.

Duncan Williams

Research Fellow in Music with Artificial Intelligence

Duncan is a Research Fellow in Music with Artificial Intelligence, working on an EPSRC funded project on a Brain-Computer Interface for Monitoring and Inducing Affective States with Eduardo Miranda and Alexis Kirke at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR) in Plymouth, UK. Previously, he was a post-doctoral Research MCR at Wolfson College Oxford, and Music Technology Officer in the Faculty of Music, University of Oxford, UK. See http://duncanwilliamsdotinfo.b...

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Michael Williams

Visiting Research Fellow, Marine Conservation and Policy Research Centre, University of Plymouth

Mike Williams is a Visiting Research Fellow at Plymouth University Law School, a member of the University’s Marine Conservation & Policy Research Centre and a former Honorary Professor at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL. He has published extensively on the law relating to the foreshore and seabed and underwater cultural heritage. He has advised government departments and agencies, both in the UK and abroad and was retained as an advisor to the Crown Estate (Marine Division) on foreshore and seabed law. Mike sits on the UK’s Joint Nautical Archaeological Policy Committee, is a member of the Ministry of Defence’s Expert Panel on HMS Victory 1744, is a Deputy Chair of the Devon & Severn Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority, is the Honorary Secretary of the Nautical Archaeology Society (a UK registered charity), is a Harbour Commissioner and is a member of the Expert Network for UNESCO’s UK National Commission. Mike is a qualified commercial and recreational diver and as a member of the South West Maritime Archaeology Group has conducted archaeological operations on several protected wreck sites. Mike has successfully conducted previous projects for English Heritage, including the Marine Archaeology Legislation Project (https://historicengland.org.uk/images-books/publications/marine-archaeology-legislation-project/)