Kate Giles

HRC Acting Director

Kate joined the HRC team in 2014 as Deputy Director.  As Acting Director, she works to develop the strategy and direction of the Humanities Research Centre, working alongside other members of the team to represent the research life of the Arts and Humanities within and beyond the university, in the UK and abroad.

Kate is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Archaeology, and Chair of the Board of Studies in the Centre for Medieval Studies. She is a buildings historian and archaeologist who researches the construction, use and meaning of public buildings and their communities, particularly in pre-modern England. Her research interests focus on the transition from the medieval to the modern world and lie at the intersection of archaeology, history, heritage and artistic interventions and performance, and she is particularly interested in interdisciplinary research methods.

Kate is the author of books and articles on medieval guildhalls and has led major projects in York, Boston (Lincs) and Stratford-upon-Avon on these buildings, many of which have fed directly into Heritage Lottery funded bids, conservation management plans and public engagement projects. Her current projects include collaborations with Shakespeare's Guildhall, Stratford-upon-Avon, the Shakespeare's Birthplace Trust and Fairfax House, York. In the past few years she has given invited lectures in the US (NYU, Columbia), Denmark (AArhus), Sweden (Uppsala), Ireland (Belfast) and in 2014, gave the keynote lecture at the Buildings and the Body conference (Southampton 2014) and

Kate is passionate about communicating the public value of the arts and humanities and universities to international, national and local audiences. She is particularly interested in understanding how academic and artistic interventions with heritage sites can foster new ways of understanding their meaning, in the past and the present and collaborates regularly with curators, archivists and performers in projects such as the White Rose Universities' Performing the Past http://www.performingthepast.co.uk and the Arts-Council Funded York Curiouser http://www.yorkcuriouser.com.

As Acting Director of the Humanities Research Centre, Kate seeks to find news ways of encouraging staff and students to explore interdisciplinary research collaboration, training and funding opportunities.


Contact details

Dr Kate Giles
Acting Director
Humanities Research Centre
University of York
Berrick Saul Building
YO10 5DD

Tel: +44 (0)1904 328123