Dr Emma J. Wells

Emma is an expert in Ecclesiastical, Architectural and Public History, based at the University of York
Dr Emma J. Wells is an academic, author, and broadcaster. She is an ecclesiastical and architectural historian as well as public historian, specialising in the late medieval/early modern English parish churches and cathedrals, the saints, pilgrimage and stained glass, to historic buildings in the modern age.

She is a Lecturer, Programme Director and Research Associate within the Department of Archaeology and Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of York, and the author of many publications, including Pilgrim Routes of the British Isles, and Heaven On Earth: The Lives & Legacies of the World’s Greatest Cathedrals, to be published by Head of Zeus (2020/21). 

Emma writes often and reviews for newspapers and magazines, including BBC History, History Today, the Times Literary Supplement, History Revealed and BBC Countryfile and is a lively broadcaster and frequent acclaimed public speaker.

Emma leads two tours. Churches of the Middle Ages, based in York, is a small group tour discovering a selection of magnificent architectural gems in the centre of Christianity in the North. You'll learn how to “read” a church and enjoy the countless stories it reveals.
See the tour details here. 

The Cistercian Impact, based in Ripon, visits the great Cistercian Abbeys of Yorkshires and reveals how this religious order shaped their surroundings in Medieval England.
See the tour details here.