I believe in the importance of bringing teaching to life through the use of objects and collections, as resources to think with and to challenge students to consider the impact of collecting patterns and availability on their source body. I also feel that students benefit from the opportunity to interact with multiple voices and perspectives in the classroom. As a consequence, throughout my teaching career, I have organised collaborations with museums, galleries and other HE institutions to enrich my learning environments.
- The Wellcome Trust: archival handling sessions, held in 2016/17 and confirmed for 2017/18, as an integral part of the Study Day for the Level 4 course ‘Approaching the Past’.
- University of Bilkent: Dr Luca Zavagno, as part of his Newton Mobility Grant in 2017/18, delivered a co-taught seminar with me on the archaeology of islands for students on the Level 5 course ‘From Ancient to Medieval Societies’.
- University of Cardiff: a workshop with Dr James Siemens on narratives of travel in the Middle Ages, open to Level 4 and 5 students taking medieval modules in HCA.
- The British Museum, Department of Coins and Medals: coin handling sessions in 2015/16 and 2017/18, integrated into the MA course ‘Money and Empire, 200-800’.
- The British Library: a manuscript handling session in January 2018 to support the Level 5 course ‘From Ancient to Medieval Societies’.
- Cadbury Library Special Collections, University of Birmingham: Using the manuscript collection of the Cadbury Research Library, between 2012 and 2014 I co-organised handling sessions for students on BA and MA courses, giving them the opportunity to interact with curators and objects.
- The Barber Institute of Fine Arts: Between 2011 and 2013 I organised numerous coin-handling sessions for students from school-age to MA and PhD level, covering coins as historical evidence, Roman imperial and Late Antique history and the medieval and Byzantine world.