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Dr Gill Chitty is Director of the Conservation Studies MA programme and the Centre for Conservation Studies.
Before joining the Department of Archaeology at York, Gill was Head of Conservation at the Council for British Archaeology responsible for research and policy. She has over 30 years professional experience in the heritage sector working in conservation and public archaeology.
Following a first degree in Archaeology at the University of Wales (Cardiff), she took the Museums Association Graduate Diploma in Archaeology (1980) and the Building Conservation Diploma at the Architectural Association (1987). Her PhD at Lancaster University's Ruskin Research Centre (1997) examined the cultural context for Ruskin’s influence and legacy in conservation thinking.
Gill began her career in Liverpool Museum’s Antiquities Department and then moved into local government archaeology, as county archaeologist in Merseyside and then Greater London. Moving to English Heritage, as an Inspector of Ancient Monuments, she worked in Greater London and then the Midlands including major conservation programmes at Stokesay Castle, Clun Castle and Wingfield Manor.
Following her PhD research, she worked at specialist adviser for archaeology at Lancashire County Council and for English Heritage’s Monuments Protection Programme. For MPP's thematic assessment of historic industries, she developed an integrated approach to designation for the industrial heritage in England.
As a heritage consultant over the last 15 years, Gill has conducted strategic research projects for the Cathedrals Fabric Commission and Church Buildings Council, DCMS, English Heritage, ICOMOS UK, IfA, the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, and the Welsh Assembly Government / Cadw.
Subject Contact for MSC programmes at Weald & Downland Living Museum 2012- 2017
Director of Graduate Studies 2013 - 2015
Chair of Board of Studies 2015 - 2017
Deputy Head of Department 2015 - 2016
Associate Dean (Teaching, Learning & Students), Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Member of University Teaching Committee 2016 - current
Research interests are in the evolution of public policy for heritage protection and its interaction with environmental conservation and sustainability policies. My doctoral research at the Ruskin Research Centre explored the cultural context for John Ruskin’s early work – writing, teaching, and social commentary - on the historic environment, his influence on William Morris and the emergence of a distinctive British conservation philosophy in the 19th- and 20th-century conservation movement.
The political economy of heritage - in the Ruskinian sense of a cultural project for a “citizens’ economy” as developed further by Morris and others - remains a central research interest, together with the emergence of community engagement as a force for change and an instrument of public policy in an era of localism and sustainable development. This links with collaborations in conservation as an inherently sustainable approach to management of the built environment.
Diadrasis, Athens, Greece
CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India
Third Year: Assessed Seminar: Sustaining the historic environment
Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists
Member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation
Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London