Rowena Burgess

Rowena Burgess


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Personal profile

Key Responsibilities

Deputy Head of Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities

Key Research Interests

My area of research looks at population change, rural society and the concept of place in relation to the community. I am currently working on my thesis looking at the concept/ importance of place and using population records/parish registers to establish movement and changes over time.

I have worked on consultancy, research and evaluation projects with a number of heritage organisations, including Churches Conservation Trust, Norfolk Museum Service and with funders including National Lottery Heritage Fund, EPSRC and CEC. Previously I worked on Virtual Past's computer generated historical media which worked to engage new audiences and increase heritage engagement.

I am currently the Co-I on a National Lottery Heritage Fund project, Orchards East, with Professor Tom Williamson in the School of History. My role supports project delivery and specifically the oral history strand of the research.

I am interested in the intersection between landscape, people and society, both in current portrayal and through heritage and the media, through lived experience and the historical record.


I have been the Head of the Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities, for the last four years, a role which oversees the delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate taught teaching as well as support for the Faculty wide initiatives such as the Media Suite, TV Studio, East Anglian Film Archive, Publishing Project and Digital Humanities.

I have been Associate Dean for Engagement and Innovation, where my particular interests were in the areas of Heritage and the development of external partnerships to support and develop projects.

Prior to my appointment as a Lecturer in the School of History I worked as the Research Manager for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. I have a number of years’ experience of project development, management and delivery across a number of disciplines. For further details of my current projects please see research.