Professor Marilyn Palmer

Marylin Palmer.jpgEmeritus 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 and has sat on committees concerned with her discipline for The National Trust and, English Heritage. She is currently President of the Association for Industrial Archaeology and Chair of Trustees of the Council for British Archaeology as well as chairing the East Midlands Regional Group of the CBA. She is now heavily involved with the University of the Third Age and is its National Subject Advisor for Archaeology. She edited Industrial Archaeology Review for nearly twenty years and is now its Book Review Editor. She was awarded an MBE for services to industrial archaeology and heritage in 2015.



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)

(ed. with M D Nevell and M.Sissons)  Handbook of Industrial Archaeology, CBA 2013

(with Ian West) Technology in the Country House. Historic England 2015

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