Dr Roger White FSA, MIfA

Dr Roger White

Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology
Senior Lecturer

Contact details

European Research Institute
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Since 2000, I have been Academic Director at Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage , a leading provider of International and World Heritage Management training for postgraduate students. I am editor of the Historic Environment Journal and represent the University on a number of committees within the Institute for Archaeologists.


  • BA (Hons) Ancient and Medieval History and Archaeology (University of Liverpool)
  • PhD ‘Roman and Celtic Objects in Anglo-Saxon Graves’ (University of Liverpool, 1987)


I have been Academic Director at Ironbridge Institute for 15 years and, amongst other initiatives was responsible for developing the programmes in Distance Learning for heritage there. Ironbridge has been innovative first in developing new programmes in industrial archaeology and then in heritage management, a programme that has been in operation for over 25 years. As a specialist in postgraduate studies, offered in conjunction with the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, the programmes at Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage offer a unique perspective on the heritage industry and how it operates today.

In working with heritage studies, I bring a focus on interpretation, on industrial heritage and on the presentation of archaeological sites. I have broad interests in the technology of the industrial age and how this is interpreted our post-industrial society. My training as a practical archaeologist offers insights into what we can learn of sites of all periods, and how this information can be presented to the public. I have been involved in heritage advisory missions to Libya, Georgia, Russia, Jordan and Brazil and am seeking to develop a research programme in Brazil on railway heritage there.  

I currently serve on the Historic England Advisory Committee and am editor of the journal The Historic Environment, published by Maney. Both of these activities reflect my broad interests in how society deals with heritage issues and how the historic assets are increasingly seen in a holistic manner rather than as individual components. I am also a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, a Trustee of JTrails (a Jewish heritage foundation) and a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists.

My research has historically been focused largely in the late Roman period in Britain and especially in the archaeology of the Roman town of Wroxeter in Shropshire. My active archaeological work there is now being superseded by presentation of the research outcomes to the public through museums and on site interpretation. 


Postgraduate programmes in Heritage Management (Distance Learning) and contributions to programmes in Landscape and Professional Archaeology. Undergraduate teaching in the archaeology of Pompeii and for postgraduates in the Heritage Management of the Mediterranean World.

Postgraduate supervision

Completed PhDs:

  • The Mining Landscape of Frisco, Utah (2013)
  • Heritage Tourism in Jordan (2010)
  • Byzantine Towns in the eighth and ninth centuries (2008)
  • Iron Age funerary feasting rituals (2003)

Current supervisions:

  • Heritage and Identity in Emilia Romagna
  • Iron Age and Roman Settlement in South Shropshire
  • The Quarrying Industry in Shropshire in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Completed MPhils:

  • William Hazeldine, millwright and ironmaster (2012)
  • The Incline Planes of the East Shropshire Coalfield (2010)
  • Barytes Mining in Shropshire (2007) 


My primary focus for research is on the Roman period, and especially Late Antiquity. My interest in this field has arisen from my work at Wroxeter but also through my PhD and generally through a fascination with the changing society and material culture of this formative period of British History. For the same reasons, I am drawn towards the archaeological study of the industrial age where the wealth of material and sources offers a stark contrast to my earlier research period in the ‘dark ages’.

Roger talks about his research into Wroxeter Roman town

Other activities

I am a member of the English Heritage Advisory Committee since May 2011 and am currently a Council Member of the Institute for Archaeologists. From 2007 until 2010 was Chair of its Professional Training Committee and joined as a Member of the IfA in 1987.

From 2008-2011 I was on the Committee for the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies and was involved in the conferences held in 2010 to commemorate the ‘End of Roman Britain’ in AD 410, giving papers in Cardiff and Aberystwyth.

In 2010 I also gave papers at the Roman Archaeology Conference in Oxford and at the European Association of Archaeologists in The Hague. I have been a Committee member for the Shropshire Archaeological and Historical Society since 1994.


Books and monographs

  • 2010 Footprints of Industry. Papers from the 300th anniversary conference at Coalbrookdale, 3-7th June 2009. BAR British Series 523 (edited volume with Paul Belford and Marilyn Palmer)
  • 2007    Britannia Prima. Britain’s Last Roman Province Tempus
  • 2007    Wroxeter, the Cornovii, and the urban process. Journal of Roman Archaeology Supp Ser. 68 (with Prof. V. Gaffney)
  • 2007    World Heritage: Global Challenges, Local Solutions BAR International Ser. 1698 (edited volume with Dr J. Carman)
  • 2006    Wroxeter Archaeology. Excavation and Research on the Defences and in the Town, 1968-1992 Shropshire Archaeology and History vol. 78 (with Peter Ellis)

Contributions to books

  • 2007    ‘From Basket-Case to Hanging Baskets: Regeneration, Alienation and Heritage in Ironbridge, In R. White & J Carman (eds.) World Heritage: Global Challenges, Local Solutions BAR International Ser. 1698, 47-51
  • 2003    ‘Resolving the paradox: the work of the Wroxeter Hinterland Project’ in P. Wilson (ed.) The Archaeology of Roman Towns. Studies in Honour of John S. Wacher Oxbow, 221-232 (with Prof. V. Gaffney)
  • 2000    ‘Wroxeter and the transformation of late Roman urbanism’ in T. Slater (ed.) Decline in Towns, 100-1600 Ashgate, 96-119
  • 2000    ‘The Roman Lead-workings at Linley’ in J. Leonard, D. Preshous, M. Roberts, J. Smyth and C. Train (eds.) The Gale of Life. Two thousand years in South-West Shropshire. Logaston Press, 31-41

Other reports

  • 2010 Wroxeter Roman City Conservation Plan and Gazetteer   Ironbridge Institute, for English Heritage
  • 2007    The Clee Hills Project. A Conservation Managmement Plan for Titterstone and Clee Hill.  Ironbridge Institute / Birmingham Archaeology Internal Report for English Heritage


  • 2010 – to date Historic Environment, Policy and Practice. Bi-annually printed peer reviewed international journal published by Mane