Richard Jones


At the source of the River Greet (Nottinghamshire) (Photo R. Jones)

Richard Jones is Associate Professor in Landscape History, and the Director of the Centre for English Local History at the University of Leicester.  He has published on a wide range of issues relating to medieval rural settlement in England (e.g. Medieval Villages in an English Landscape: Beginnings and Ends (with M. Page,2006); Deserted Villages Revisited (ed. with C. Dyer, 2010)) and more recently place-naming (Thorps in a Changing Landscape (with P. Cullen and D.N. Parsons, 2011); Sense of Place in Anglo-Saxon England (ed. with S. Semple, 2012)).  His other interests include medieval perceptions of the natural world (The Medieval Natural World (2013) and smelly brown stuff (Manure Matters: Historical, Archaeological, and Ethnographic Perspectives (2011). He has recently discovered that at the age of three he was rescued from a stream in flood metres before disappearing down a culvert and wonders whether this was where the current project, for which he acts as PI, finds its true origins.  In truth, it was the devastating floods of 2007 which acted as the stimulus to explore how historians might contribute to the understanding of the modern flooding phenomenon.

Tony Brown


Fieldwork coring lakes in Northern Ireland with Thierry Fonville (left) and Maarten van Hardenbroek (middle) (Photo I. Alsos)

Tony Brown is currently a Research Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment at the University of Southampton and Visiting Professor at the Department of Natural History, University Museum in Tromsø, Norway. He is a geoarchaeologist and palaeoecologist with long-standing interests in alluvial geoarchaeology, climate and vegetation change, and has published nearly 200 academic papers and 9 books. Since his PhD at Southampton he has been a staff member in the Departments of Geography and Archaeology at both the Universities of Leicester and Exeter in the UK. He has supervised nearly 30 postgraduate students and undertaken several major geoarchaeological projects in Britain, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, East Africa and Norway. His other current major projects are Celtic Connections and Crannogs: A new Study of Lake Settlements Across the Irish Sea (funded by AHRC), ECOGEN (funded by the Norwegian Science Council), and Jomon Wetland Archaeology: A New Palaeo-nutritional Approach (funded by Leverhulme). His recent archaeological publications include Brown et al. 2016 The Environmental Context and Function of Burnt-Mounds: Palaeoenvironmental Studies of Irish Fulacht Fiadh. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 82, 259-290 and Brown, et al. 2017. Eels, beavers and horses: Human niche construction in the European Late Upper Palaeolithic. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 87.

Jayne Carroll


Jayne (bottom) and donkey (top) survey Dovedale from Thorpe Cloud (Derbyshire)

Jayne Carroll has worked at the Universities of Sheffield and Leicester and is currently Associate Professor in the History of English, and Director of the Institute for Name-Studies, at the University of Nottingham. She now works mainly within the interdisciplinary context of name-studies, but some of her past research was on Old English and Old Norse poetry. Her publications include Anglo-Saxon Mint-Names (with D. N. Parsons, 2007), Perceptions of Place: twenty-first-century interpretations of English place-name Studies (ed. with D. N. Parsons, 2013), The Vikings in Britain and Ireland (with S. Harrison and G. Williams, 2014), and she has edited the verse of Þórðr Kolbeinsson (2012) and Markús Skeggjason (2009) for Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages. ( She is currently involved in two other collaborative research projects: the AHRC-funded place-names of Shropshire (; and the Leverhulme Trust-funded Travel and Communication in Anglo-Saxon England (

David Parsons


Sarah Beach


Discussing the Worfield (Shropshire) Tithe Map in the local pub (Photo R Jones)

Sarah is currently a Research Fellow in the Institute for Name-Studies ( at the University of Nottingham. Following a BA and MPhil at King’s College, Cambridge, she worked for the European Commission and for a global analysis and advisory firm. She joined the INS in 2012, initially working on DEEP (, a JISC-funded project to digitise the 80+ county survey volumes of the English Place-Name Society (EPNS) (, and subsequently on The Place-Names of Shropshire ( ), funded by the AHRC. Sarah is a named contributor to the following forthcoming EPNS volumes on The Place-Names of Shropshire: John Baker with Sarah Beach, Part VII: The Hundred of Stottesdon, including Bridgnorth; John Baker and Jayne Carroll with Sarah Beach, Part VIII: The Hundred of Overs and the Lower Division of Munslow Hundred, including Ludlow; Paul Cavill with Sarah Beach, Part IX: The Hundred of Chirbury and the Bishop’s Castle Division of Purslow Hundred.

Jenny Day


Jenny Day is a Research Fellow in the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, in Aberystwyth. She began her career in the field of natural sciences, with an MA and PhD from the University of Cambridge and postdoctoral experience at Bangor University and Aberystwyth University. After studying part-time for a BA in Welsh at Aberystwyth University she went on to complete a PhD there in 2010, on ‘Weapons in the Hengerdd and the Works of the Poets of the Princes’, and has a continuing research interest in medieval Welsh literature and material culture. She has been part of the editorial team of Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru: A Dictionary of the Welsh Language (, at the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, since 2013, and in 2015 joined the Centre’s ‘The Cult of the Saints in Wales’ project, funded by the AHRC, as a part-time Research Fellow (  She is now working part-time on the Flood and Flow project investigating the many water-related place-names recorded in the twelfth-century Book of Llandaf.

Becca Gregory


Becca (left) and Hamish (right) investigating the River Trent at Rolleston (Nottinghamshire)

Becca is currently a Research Affiliate in the Institute for Name-Studies ( at the University of Nottingham. She completed her PhD in the Institute in 2016, and her thesis investigated minor place-names and field-names in a selection of Nottinghamshire parishes, all on the River Trent floodplain. She is currently working on a number of projects for the English Place-Name Society (, and co-edits the EPNS journal ( aspx). Her publications are Nottinghamshire-based, including: ‘Some Nottinghamshire dead men’, Nomina 38 (2015), 85–92; and a forthcoming book Viking Nottinghamshire (Five Leaves Press); as well as an article co-authored with members of the Flood! team Richard Jones, Susan Kilby and Ben Pears, ‘Living with a trespasser: riparian names and medieval settlement on the River Trent floodplain’, Journal of Post-Classical Archaeology 7, 33–64. For a list of conference papers and presentations, please see Becca’s page (

Susan Kilby


On the Trent floodplain at Flintham (Nottinghamshire) (Photo R. Jones)

Susan Kilby completed her PhD at the Centre for English Local History (University of Leicester) in 2013. Her thesis examined late medieval peasant attitudes to the local environment in three English rural manors. In addition to her work on ‘Flood and Flow’, she is also working on a monograph based on her thesis, which is due to be published in 2018. Susan has expertise in the late medieval manor, and has a fondness for manorial documents and charters. Her work is inter-disciplinary in focus, encompassing documentary and landscape history, the study of place-names, archaeology and anthropology. She has written on peasants’ relationships with local landscape in Medieval Settlement Research (2010) and Landscape History (2015), and also in a forthcoming chapter co-authored with Mark Gardiner (Queen’s University, Belfast).

Kelly Kilpatrick


Watching the water (and ducks) at Thornton-le-Dale (Yorkshire)

Kelly Kilpatrick is currently a Research Fellow in the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies at the University of Wales. Following completion of her DPhil in medieval history at the University of Oxford in 2012, she joined the Institute for Name-Studies (2012-2016) where she worked on the DEEP project and more recently the Suffolk Place-Names Project, the latter of which produced (with Keith Briggs), A Dictionary of Suffolk Place-Names (Nottingham: English Place-Name Society and the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History, 2016). Kelly’s research concentrates on the study of British and Irish place-names, and in her spare time Kelly studies early medieval sculpture (for a list of publications and presentations in both subjects, please see her page). She has published on a wide-range of topics in Celtic and Anglo-Saxon place-name studies, including: ‘The Place-Names in Felix’s Vita Sancti Guthlaci’, Nottingham Medieval Studies, 58 (2015), pp. 1–56; ‘Saxons in the Meon Valley: A Place-Name Survey’ (2014); ‘Hebridean Place-Names and Monastic Identity in the Vita Sancti Columbae’, Newsletter of the Scottish Place-Name Society, Comann Ainmean-Àite na h-Alba, 35 (2013), pp. 2–4; ‘Place-Names in a Hagiographical Tradition of St Brigit of Kildare: Analysis of Vita Prima and Bethu Brigte’, Ainm: A Journal of Name Studies, 11 (2012), pp. 1–46; and ‘A Case-Study of Nemeton Place-Names’, Ollodagos: Actes de la Société Belge d’Études Celtiques, 25 (2010), pp. 1–113.

Ben Pears

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Fieldwork demonstration during the Poltimore House Project (Devon) 2011 (Photo O. Creighton)

Ben Pears is currently a Research Associate in the Department of Geography at the University of Southampton. He is a Geoarchaeologist and has previously worked at the University of Exeter on the Leverhulme Trust-funded project ‘Fields of Britannia’ (with S.Rippon and C.Smart 2015) looking at the relationship between the Romano-British and the medieval landscapes; and the NERC-funded ‘Impacts of tropical cyclone Yasi on the Great Barrier Reef Project’ (with C.Perry et al. 2014). Other collaborations include the National Trust funded ‘Gunwalloe: Environs Project’ (with I.Wood 2013),  ‘Poltimore House Project’ (with O.Creighton 2012: and ‘Torblaharen, Kilmartin Project’ (with R.Tipping 2011). During his career he has also worked extensively in commercial archaeology as a specialist and published a BAR on ‘Bronze Age landscapes at Thorney, Cambridgeshire’ (with A.Mudd 2008).