Dr Emma J. Wells is a conscientious, experienced heritage consultant, tutor and academic.

She is an independent heritage consultant based in North Yorkshire. Her work ranges from writing heritage statements to preparing full-scale Conservation Management Plans, to creating and overseeing entire heritage projects. She is a Full Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists and Affiliate member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation.

After receiving a Distinction in the MA in Buildings Archaeology, which followed a BA(Hons) in History of Art, both from the University of York, Emma was then awarded a PhD in Buildings Archaeology from Durham University for which she was the 2011-12 British Archaeological Association Ochs Scholar and the recipient of the 2011 Society for Church Archaeology Research Grant.

Emma has been involved in the systematic research, analysis and interpretation of historic buildings, largely since 2007. In that time she has developed a keen interest in British historic buildings and environments, with particular specialisms in ecclesiastical fabric, the late-medieval period and stained glass - in 2010 Emma was employed to write Panel of the Month articles for Vidimus, the online magazine devoted to medieval stained glass.

Whilst undertaking her doctorate
 Emma began working part-time as a heritage consultant/practitioner, gaining a broad repertoire of experience and skills in the advice, research and management of many large and small-scale projects. One of her key achievements was undertaking the first systematic survey of St Neot parish church (Cornwall) to establish construction and repair history, including the alleged 14th-century shrine/wall painting, all previously overlooked by archaeological analysis. The results were published in the esteemed national journal Church Archaeology using an innovative multi-disciplinary approach for an otherwise practical-based publication. 

Emma is a published author, copywriter and editor (for Royal Studies Journal) and her repertoire includes edited volumes, renowned academic journals and websites. Furthermore, she is an active participant, attendee and organiser of conferences and events with the aim of promoting buildings archaeology to the international archaeological field. Noted examples include presentations at the Durham World Heritage Site, the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland, the University of Oxford, Courtauld Institute of Art and the Institute for Historical Research.

In the past Emma has worked extensively throughout the heritage, archaeological and academic sectors. She worked on an international loan exhibit for the British Museum; advised, researched and undertook investigation and surveys for one of the UK’s largest community archaeology projects; was invited to research for the Lindisfarne Gospels Leverhulme project; and worked for York Archaeological Trust during which she excavated at their Hungate site. 
Emma has also contributed her historic/archival research and broadcasting skills to various establishments including the BBC and Channel 4.

Emma regularly writes articles for and is featured in a wide variety of magazines and journals, and gives illustrated talks across the UK. She is also a course designer, tutor and lecturer. From 2009-13 Emma was a lecturer/tutor for Durham University's Archaeology and Combined Honours departments, and was a course designer and tutor of NVQ courses on all aspects of the Historic Environment for the Heritage Craft Alliance Ltd. Recently Emma completed a year's Visiting Lectureship in Theology at York St John University and was a lecturer for accredited and non-accredited courses at York University's Centre for Lifelong Learning. After serving as Course Convenor and module tutor for the department of History, she was appointed to the post of Associate Lecturer in the Centre for Lifelong Learning and is now Programme Director of the PGDip in Parish Church Studies and the new MA in English Building History (which she recently created and developed), also at York. As such, she is now employed at the university full time and takes on limited and more specialised consultancy work. Finally, Emma sat as the professional archaeologist to the committee of her local archaeology and history society, and served a three-year term on the executive committee of the Ecclesiastical History Society as well as sitting, until recently, on the committee of the Institute for Archaeologists Archives Group.

Emma's literary work is represented by the Andrew Lownie Literary Agency and her speaking engagements are represented by Specialist Speakers.

Selected Honours and Awards:
2011–2012     British Archaeological Association Ochs Scholarship
2011              Society for Church Archaeology Annual Research Grant
2010              Royal Historical Society Research Support Award 
2010              Society for Medieval Archaeology Eric Fletcher Fund

Memberships and Associations:
MCIfA
CIfA Special Interest Group: Buildings 
CIfA Special Interest Group: Archives (elected committee member 2014-15; Communications Officer)
Affiliate of IHBC 
Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain
Ecclesiastical History Society (elected committee member 2012–15; Social Media Manager)
Royal Historical Society (elected member) 
Royal Archaeological Institute
British Archaeological Association
British Society of Master Glass Painters
Society for Church Archaeology
Society for Medieval Archaeology
Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland
Historical Writers Association 



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