Department of Archaeology – Dr Hugh Willmott

“I think what makes a real inspirational teacher, is someone who can reach out to students and engage them and get them drawn into the subject itself. It’s not just about reading books or passively listening to lectures, it’s about getting to grips with the topic in a physical as well as mental way.”

Hugh Willmott is a Senior Lecturer in European Historical Archaeology. 

Hugh’s research interests lie in the the medieval and early modern periods in Europe, and the archaeology of monasticism in particular.

Currently, he is focused upon exploring the archaeology of the Dissolution of the Monasteries in England, although other aspects of his work include the examination of early medieval industrial processes and the evolution of early monastic settlement in Lincolnshire.

In 2016, Hugh was involved in the unique discovery of a Black Death burial pit at Thornton Abbey containing 48 men, women and children. This is the first mass grave of its kind to be found outside of London.