I graduated from Oxford University in 1983 under the tutelage of Dr Henry Mayr-Harting, who supervised the D.Phil. of my PhD tutor, Dr Philippa Hoskin. I then trained as a secondary school history teacher and have enjoyed a very varied career including deputy headship and teacher training. I am currently the Head of History in a school in Doncaster. I was awarded an M.A. (Ed) from Durham University in 1993 on the subject of the changing reasons and motivation for teaching history to school age children from the 18th to the 20th centuries.
My PhD at Lincoln concerns the chantries of Lincoln cathedral, from the twelfth century to the Reformation. These are particularly well-documented in their own medieval cartulary as well as through the accounts, registers and court books of the cathedral.
My thesis builds upon other work on chantries and their development to include: firstly a general consideration of the aspirations of the chantries’ founders as evidenced in the foundation documents for the chantries included in the cathedral’s chantry cartulary, then secondly five specific case studies from amongst the many Lincoln cathedral chantries, including chantries of different initial incomes and with founders of different social classes and backgrounds, ecclesiastical and lay. I am currently working on the chantries established by three bishops: Hugh of Wells, Oliver Sutton and John de Dalderby. Through the available sources the thesis considers the economic fortunes of the chantries and the broader trends affecting these and the careers of the chantry priests themselves, members of the cathedral community whose histories have hitherto been ignored.