Dr Richard Jones

Senior Lecturer in Landscape History

Richard JonesContact Details

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2764
  • Email: rlcj1@le.ac.uk
  • Office: Room 15, Marc Fitch House, Salisbury Road
  • Office Hours:  TBA - email to arrange an appointment
  • Dissertation Office Hour: Mondays
  • Biography

I studied History and Archaeology at Exeter before moving on to Oxford where I completed my DPhil in 1994.  I worked for five years for the Sussex Archaeological Society before taking up a research fellowship at Birmingham in 2000 working on the Whittlewood Project.  In 2001 this project moved to Leicester where I joined the Centre for English Local History.  Briefly escaping to Cardiff in 2005 as a Lecturer in Archaeology I returned to ELH as Lecturer in Landscape History the following year and have been here ever since.

I have one partner whose meteoric academic rise puts my own paltry achievements into their true context, one cat with whom I can at least still converse, two children who appear to be taking after their mother, eight chickens for eggs, and cricket for solace.

Research

PhD Supervision

The medieval countryside, c. 400-1500; settlement and landscape change; perceptions of landscape and the natural world; individual, group and regional identity; interdisciplinary approaches to the medieval landscape, particularly integration of history and archaeology.

Teaching

All history is anchored in time and place.  My teaching emphasises the latter, stressing the role that the landscape has played both as historical stage and actor.  While most interested in English landscape and societal change during the long medieval period (c. 400 to c. 1500), and  unapologetically rural in its focus, the lessons to be drawn from foregrounding the landscape have far wider applications for the study of history irrespective of period or context.

Examples of module I teach:

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