Professor John Schofield
Head of Department and Director of Studies, Cultural Heritage Management



Professor John Schofield is Head of Department in Archaeology, Director of the Cultural Heritage Management MA programme and Director of the Centre for Applied Heritage Studies (CAHSt).


John was previously an archaeologist with English Heritage, where he had the dual responsibilities of being Inspector in the Characterisation Team, and Head of Military Programmes. John joined English Heritage in 1989 and had numerous roles in that time, within heritage protection and policy in particular. Over the past ten years he supplemented work in the heritage sector with regular teaching commitments in the UK and overseas, not least at the universities of Southampton (where he taught a heritage module to undergraduates) and Bristol where he taught MA students. John is also Docent in Cultural Heritage, Landscape and Contemporary Archaeology at the University of Turku (Finland).

Departmental roles

Head of Department

Director of Studies, Cultural Heritage Management

Director, Centre for Applied Heritage Studies (CAHSt)




Research interests focus on cultural heritage management, landscape, archaeology of the contemporary past and conflict archaeology. John has published extensively in all of these fields. Recent examples include his co-edited Heritage Reader (Routledge, 2008), Aftermath: Readings in the Archaeology of Recent Conflict (Springer 2009), Defining Moments (ed, Archaeopress, 2009), a co-edited Heritage Handbook (Springer, in press), an edited collection on Great Excavations (Oxbow 2011), and After Modernity (with Rodney Harrison, Oxford University Press 2010). Several of John’s projects have also been published in the pages of the magazine British Archaeology, while his now oft-cited Transit Van project can be seen online, in the short film ‘In Transit’ (Greg Bailey 2005)

Current projects

External activities


  • Docent in the Department of Archaeology, University of Turku (Finland)
  • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London,
  • Member of the Institute for Archaeologists
  • editorial board for the Routledge journal World Archaeology.
  • Vice President of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Fortifications and Military Heritage



First year

Second year

Themes in Historical Archaeology: Archaeology of the Contemporary Past

Third year

Assessed Seminars: After Modernity


Cultural Heritage Management 1: Concepts, principles and practice

Cultural Heritage Management 2: Museums, audiences and interpretation

John Schofield

Contact details

Prof. John Schofield
Head of Department
Department of Archaeology
University of York
The King's Manor

Tel: (44) 1904 323968