Professor Marilyn Palmer
Emeritus Professor of Industrial Archaeology
MA (Oxon), Ph.D. (Leicester), FSA
Tel: 0116 252 3409
Marilyn Palmer read History at St Anne’s College, Oxford, and then worked in teacher training at Loughborough College of Education before joining the History Department of the University of Loughborough and becoming its Head in 1983. She transferred to a joint appointment in both the History and Archaeology Departments of the University of Leicester in 1988, eventually moving solely to Archaeology. She served as Head of the School of Archaeology and Ancient History from 2000 to 2006.
She has taught industrial archaeology in adult education for over thirty years and is concerned to establish the discipline within mainstream archaeology in academic departments, herself becoming Britain’s first Professor of Industrial Archaeology in 2000. She has been President of the Association for Industrial Archaeology and a Commissioner with The Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England before its amalgamation with English Heritage in 1998.
She serves on committees concerned with her discipline for The National Trust, English Heritage and the Council for British Archaeology and also sits on the Archaeology Panel and the East Midlands Regional Committee of The National Trust. She edited Industrial Archaeology Review for nearly twenty years and is also on the Editorial Board of Post-Medieval Archaeology.
Selected Recent Publications
(with Peter Neaverson) Industrial Archaeology: Principles and Practice (Routledge, 1998)
(ed. with PS Barnwell and Malcolm Airs) The Vernacular Workshop: from craft to industry (CBA Research report 140, 2004)
Archaeology as a Discipline – Industrial Archaeology in The Encyclopedia of Archaeology, ed, Deborah Pearsall, Elsevier, 2007
(ed. with PS Barnwell) Landscape History after Hoskins: Post-Medieval Landscapes, Windgather 2007