I studied history and archaeology as an undergraduate at Birmingham University where I specialised in the medieval period. After graduating in 1975 I trained as a teacher and began a teaching career in Birmingham. At the same time my passion for teaching and sharing my enthusiasm for medieval history was met by teaching in Adult and Continuing Education, to which I moved as a full-time career in the late 1970s, now able to combine teaching with my research activities. More importantly it offered me the sheer delight of sharing an all-consuming passion.
Although I have taught for several universities and other organisations, it is at Birmingham University that my academic career has primarily developed. I undertook my doctoral research here on the theme of lordship and landscape within the Honor of Dudley.
Although I have teaching and research experience in both pre-Conquest and post-Conquest history and archaeology, and initially specialised in the early medieval period, my main focus is now within the period of the tenth to mid-fourteenth centuries, combining the approaches of history, archaeology and art history.
I am a member of the Centre for West Midlands History.