PhD Research Project

  • Katie Mills
My PhD research examines the potential role of weather in the experience of heritage, specically stone and masonry monuments in the UK. It also explores the tensions between the desire to manage and control weathering processes and the experiential values associated with weather and weathering. The project combines various qualitative methodologies, including participant observation, semi-structured interviews and focus groups. Interviewees include heritage and conservation professionals, interested amateurs and non-professional publics in order to gather a range of viewpoints produced in response to specific case study sites. These qualitative approaches will hopefully allow for analysis and reflection on the complex range of beliefs and social practises that influence the way heritage sites are conserved, experienced and understood.


  • National Trust logo

    National Trust

    • Charity
  • Historic England logo

    Historic England

    • Public Sector
  • P

    Peak District National Park Authority

    • H

      Historic Environment Scotland