MA, Historical Archaeology (University of Leicester)
PhD candidate, MIRIAD (Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design)
Ralph is a second year PhD student at MIRIAD, the postgraduate research arm of Manchester School of Art, where he is studying the phenomenon of miniaturisation and the roles mass-produced miniatures have played, and still play, in the everyday lives of people from the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. He spent some twenty years as a field archaeologist rescuing Roman and Medieval archaeology from the bulldozer, and a roughly equal amount of his working life writing and editing. As his research has developed, he has become increasing interested in the archaeology of the recent and contemporary past, as well as relationships between things, especially miniature things, and memory–material memories.
Why your trash is an archaeologist's treasure
To someone exploring material culture, these museums of the just-past can be fertile hunting grounds, not for bargains but for insights into people's dreams. Your knick-knacks can tell an archaeologist a lot about you and your community.Read on »