Gill Chitty
Director of Studies, MA in Conservation Studies

Profile

Biography

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 architectural conservation. 

Career

Gill began her career in Liverpool Museum’s Antiquities Department and then moved into local government archaeology where she worked as county archaeologist in Merseyside and then Greater London. Moving to English Heritage, as an Inspector of Ancient Monuments, she covered 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 also conducted strategic and applied research projects for Cadw, DCMS, the Cathedrals Fabric Commission and Church Buildings Council, English Heritage, ICOMOS UK, IfA, and the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. Recent research for the Council for British Archaeology included the Welsh Historic Environment Assessment for the Welsh Assembly Government / Cadw and assessment of thematic designation programmes for English Heritage.

Research

Overview

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 and his impact on the emergence of a distinctive British conservation philosophy and landscape gaze 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” - 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.

Projects

Collaborators

Council for British Archaeology

Churches Conservation Trust

City of York Council 

Diadrasis, Athens, Greece

Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul, Turkey

Illinois School of Architecture, USA

INTACH, India

 

 

Supervision

Teaching

Undergraduate

Third Year:  Assessed Seminar: Sustaining the historic environment

Postgraduate

External activities

Memberships

  • Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists

  • Member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation

  • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London

  • Chair of Historic England Industrial Archaeology Panel
  • ICOMOS-UK Education & Training Committee

  • Historic Environment Forum: Heritage Skills Task Group

  • Council for British Archaeology Casework Panel

Editorial duties

  • Historic Environment: Policy & Practice Editorial Board

Invited talks and conferences

 

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Contact details

Dr Gill Chitty
Director of Studies, Conservation
Department of Archaeology
University of York
The King's Manor
York
YO1 7EP

Tel: (44) 1904 323925