Lena Ferriday

Lena Ferriday, History

Lena is a PhD Researcher in History working at the intersections of sensory and environmental histories. Her doctoral research examines the ways in which different uses of landscape – as workplace, leisure space or health environment – have conditioned historical actors’ embodied experiences of the worlds around them. Using nineteenth century Devon and Cornwall as a case study, it interrogates people’s understandings of their own bodies and the ways in which we communicate sensory perceptions to ask what it means to live collectively and diversely in richly sensuous rural places.


Andrew J P Flack

Andy Flack, History

Andy Flack is a Senior Lecturer in Modern and Environmental History whose research intersects animal studies, histories of the senses, and environmental history. He is currently work on the ways in which senses, technologies and diverse bodies interact in dark environments, from the night-time of the everyday through to the perpetual nights below ground. His previous work focused on histories of captivity, including multisensory modes of human-animal encounter in zoos across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.




Abs Ashley, English


Victoria Bates, History


Doug Battersby, English


Peter Baxter, History


Barbara Caddick, Medical School and History


Tim Cole, History


Peter Dent, History of Art


Lucy Donkin, History of Art


Marianna Dudley, History


Caitlin Duggan, History

I am an AHRC SWWDTP PhD Researcher in History exploring material cultures of the NHS hospital. My doctoral research utilises sensory and hospital histories alongside phenomenological approaches to material culture to understand embodied and affective relations to hospital objects and spaces. My research moves beyond the visual idea of hospitals and, in conjunction with the Science Museum Group, focuses on how historic objects felt, smelled, and sounded. In doing so, I am considering how hospital spaces have been shaped by objects as ‘things’ felt, and how this can speak to national narratives of change in hospital spaces as well as local stories of individual experiences.


Natalie Ferris, English


Rebecka Fleetwood-Smith, History


Kate Guthrie, Music


Freya Gowrley, History of Art and Liberal Arts


Cleo Hanaway-Oakley, English


Jimmy Hay, Film and Television


Susan Harrow, French


Laurence Kent, Film and Television


Simeon Koole, History and Liberal Arts


Catherine Lamont-Robinson, Medical School


John Lyons, History


Stephen Mawdsley, History


Georgia Nelson, Cabot Institute


Patricia Neville, Dental School


Milo Newman, Geography


Eugenia Nicolaci, Classics and Ancient History


Ellen O’Gorman, Classics and Ancient History


Joan Passey, English


Merle Patchett, Geography


Will Pooley, History

Will Pooley is a historian of France from the 18th to the 20th centuries, with interests in popular culture, folklore, and the history of the body. His current project is a history of witchcraft in France from 1790-1940. He is particularly interested in sensations that interact with the supernatural: what did it feel like to feel bewitched? How did sufferers articulate illness and misfortune? Rather than treating the supernatural as a set of beliefs, a lot of his current interests are about the supernatural as a set of experiences, often fragmentary, confused, emotional, and confusing. He also has published and forthcoming work on practices of Tarot and cartomancy, and a longstanding interest in creative methods of historical research and presentation, including poetry, theatre, and creative writing.


Rosalind Powell, English


Danny Riley, English


Nicholas Roberts, Biological Sciences


Annie Strausa, English


Hazel Streeter, English


Lisa May Thomas, Policy Studies

Dr Lisa May Thomas is a dance artist and researcher. She investigates the intersections between dance, embodied participation, and immersive technology, and her film and performance work has been experienced by audiences around the world. Lisa is a resident at the Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol and Studio Wayne McGregor QuestLab Network Artist. Her recent works include social VR experience Soma (Bloomsbury Theatre 2021) and participatory audio experience Unlocking Touch in collaboration with UCL’s Digital InTouch Lab (2022). She is currently working at the new ESRC funded Centre for Sociodigital Futures at the University of Bristol, exploring how the futures of care are being re-configured through sociodigital arrangements.


Beth Williamson, History of Art

Beth Williamson’s current research interests include medieval religious and devotional practice, especially in relation to visual and aural culture. She concentrates particularly on the forms and functions of religious imagery, the relationships between liturgy, devotion, and visual culture, materials and materiality, and on sensory and bodily experience.  She has published on intersections between art and music, including on the visual representation of music, and on the ways in which music and sound interact with visual and material culture. Particular research at the moment focusses on aspects of religious devotion in medieval England in the late medieval period, including the ways in which devotional practice intersects with the concepts of sight and sound. Several of her PhD students have worked across art/architecture and music.


Alice Would, History


John Wylie, Geography


Rebecca Yeo, Sociology, Politics and International Studies