by Jack Gunn, BA History It didn’t take me long to realise that this research scholarship was going to be an experience to treasure. I had dubbed it “My Trip of Firsts” and it would certainly become that in regard to the first time flying on my own, taking part in academic research and field … Continue reading “At the Crossroads of Empire: the Longobard Church of Sant’Ambrogio by Jack Gunn”
There was much more to Oliver’s scholarship than searching through photographs for ‘funky beards’. Rather, these personal photographs of German soldiers provide a sometimes emotional insight into the lives of young men, many of whom were travelling abroad for the first time.
‘Being guided by seasoned professionals has been a highlight of my academic career’ – Kylie (BA Ancient History and Archaeology) shares her experiences of spending two and a half weeks excavating a Lombard church in southern Italy.
There was much more to Benjamin’s research trip to Italy than the wonderfully preserved Church of Sant’Ambrogio – during the two and a half week project he also had the chance to explore chapels and churches at Salerno and Formis.
Jess Stevens (MRes Archaeology) spent her summer working with Prof Henry Chapman and fellow Postgrad Theo Reeves to explore the architecture of Iron Age marsh-forts, and discovered that mapping their layout can sometimes lead to more questions.
In 2018, the College of Arts and Law funded several Postgraduate Placements, one of which supported a project aiming to shed more light on the poorly understood Iron Age Marsh-Forts. The project was led by the recent recipient of the Award for Outstanding Impact in Culture, Prof Henry Chapman, ably assisted by two Postgraduates including Theo Reeves, who shares his experiences here.
Sean Deans (BA Ancient and Medieval History) shares his experiences of working with the ‘At the Crossroad of Empires’ project team to research an early medieval church in Italy, which encompassed everything from archaeological surveying and interviewing local residents to meeting the Mayor and attending a saxophone concert!
Christopher Olive shares his experiences of exploring the hidden histories of the workers of the engine business.
‘The people of Birmingham are surrounded by a richer past than we know’, writes Henry Jones, who worked on a project researching and celebrating the heritage of George Dawson and his Shakespeare Memorial Library in Birmingham.