Dr Rachel Swallow

Visiting Research Fellow

E:  r.swallow@chester.ac.uk

Focussing on interdisciplinary and cross-period research into British fortifications and their landscapes, I have a particular interest in medieval Chester, Cheshire and North East Wales. Having been a Visiting Lecturer in the History & Archaeology Department for almost two decades, I now make guest appearances on a number of undergraduate history and archaeology programmes.

Qualifications

2015                PhD in Archaeology, University of Chester: Cheshire Castles in Context

Supervisors: Professor Howard Williams (main), and Professor Peter Gaunt

Advisor: Visiting Professor Stewart Ainsworth

Internal Examiner: Dr Tom Pickles. External Examiner: Dr Charles Insley, University of Manchester

 

1998-2000       MA Landscape, Heritage and Society, University of Liverpool

Dissertation: Beeston Castle, Cheshire:  An Analysis of Interpretation and Presentation Methodology

Teaching

Present            Guest Lecturer (including universities of Bangor, Chester, Highlands and Islands (Scotland), and Winchester)

2000 - 2016     Staff Visiting Lecturer, University of Chester. Full responsibility for delivery and all relevant administration for a number of multi-period history, archaeology and heritage modules on BA and MA programmes within the History & Archaeology Department. Delivery on the BA History & Heritage (with Manx Studies) module, Douglas, Isle of Man, and on Early Years and on Primary B.Ed. Global Dimensions/Landscape and Heritage module. Supervision of undergraduate history, archaeology and heritage dissertations.

2009 – 2011    Tutor. Burton Manor College, Wirral. Day and weekend courses on local Archaeological and Historic Landscapes and Environments (prehistory to twentieth century) until college closure (2011)

2003 – 2007    Tutor. Keele University, Staffordshire. Full responsibility for the creation and delivery of a module in Archaeological and Historic Landscapes and Environments (prehistory to twentieth century), including new landscape history research in Acton, near Nantwich, Cheshire

Published work

Books:

  • Forthcoming. Cheshire Castles in Context. (Publication of Ph.D. thesis)
  • Forthcoming. (With Prof. Em. Graeme White). The Earls of Chester and their Castles, c. 1070 - 1237
  • Forthcoming, 2018 (author/compiler). The Royal Archaeological Institute Report and Proceedings of the 162nd Royal Archaeological Institute in 2017, Cork and Environs, Ireland
  • 2017 (co-editor, with Prof. Howard Williams). The Royal Archaeological Institute Report and Proceedings of the 161th Royal Archaeological Institute in 2016, Wiltshire
  • 2016 (author/compiler). The Royal Archaeological Institute Report and Proceedings of the 161th Royal Archaeological Institute in 2015, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Liddiard, R. and McGuicken [Swallow], R. 2007. Beeston Castle, London: English Heritage Guidebooks

 Book Chapters:

  • Forthcoming, 2018. Domesday and Castles: Patterns of Continuity and Change in North-East Wales, in D. Thornton (Ed.), Domesday Book and Wales, Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer
  • Forthcoming, 2018. The eleventh-century elite landscapes of Nantwich Castle and Acton, Cheshire: A paradigm shift in continuity of site significance?, in Guy, N. (ed.), Castles: History, Archaeology, Landscape, Architecture, and Symbolism.  Esssays in Honour of Derek Renn, Castles Studies Group
  • 2017. What law says that there has to be a castle?: The castle landscape of Frodsham, Cheshire, in B. Hausmair, B. Jervis, R. Nugent and E. Williams (eds), Archaeologies of Rules and Regulation. Between Text and Practice, Oxford, New York: Berghan Books, (Chapter Six), pp. 127 - 47

 Journal articles:

  • Work in Progress. Shifting Border, Shifting Interpretation: Interdisciplinary Research and Dodleston Castle, Cheshire, (to be submitted to Society of Medieval Archaeology Journal
  • Forthcoming, 2019. Stockport Castle, Cheshire: From Minor to Major, in Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, 168
  • Forthcoming, 2019. (With Matthew Thomas). Lost and Found: A Medieval Castle at Tattenhall Cheshire?, in Cheshire History Journal, 58
  • Forthcoming, 2018. Cheshire Hilltop Castles in a Medieval Frontier Landscape, in Chateau Gaillard 28: Castles and Landscape, Roscommon, Eire
  • 2016. (With Matthew Thomas). Lost and Found: A Medieval Castle at Poulton, West Cheshire?, in Cheshire History Journal, 56, pp. 11 - 40
  • 2016. The Archaeological Heritage of Taxidermy: Biologiska Museet, Stockholm, Sweden, The Royal Archaeological Institute Report and Proceedings of the 161th Royal Archaeological Institute in 2015, pp. 55 – 59
  • 2016: Cheshire Castles of the Irish Sea Cultural Zone, The Archaeological Journal, 173, issue 2, pp. 288 – 341
  • 2015 (January 13). Seeing the bigger picture: Researching medieval landscapes of power in Cheshire, England, in www.dissertationreviews.org (http://dissertationreviews.org/archives/8649)
  • 2014. Gateways to Power: The Castles of Ranulf III of Chester and Llywelyn the Great of Gwynedd, The Archaeological Journal, 171, pp. 291 – 314
  • 2014. Palimpsest of Border Power: The Archaeological Survey of Dodleston Castle, Cheshire, in Cheshire History Journal, 54, pp. 24 – 51
  • 2013. Two for One: The Archaeological Survey of Shocklach Castle, Cheshire, Cheshire History Journal, 53, 2013 – 14, pp. 18 – 44
  • 2012. Landscape of Power: Aldford castle, Cheshire, Cheshire History Journal, 52, 2012/2013, pp. 5 – 28
  • 2010. [Under the name of McGuicken]. Castle in context: redefining the significance of Beeston Castle, Cheshire, Journal of the Chester Archaeological Society, 81 (2006), pp. 65 – 82
  • 2010. [Under the name of McGuicken]. Castle in context? An analysis of heritage interpretation and presentation at Beeston Castle, Cheshire, Journal of the Chester Archaeological Society, 81 (2006), pp. 83 – 91

Book Reviews:

  • Forthcoming, 2018. Review in The Archaeological Journal, vol. 175 – Title by Wright, D. W and Creighton, O.H. (eds) 2016. Castles, Siegeworks and Settlements: Surveying the Archaeology of the Twelfth Century, Oxford: Archaeopress Archaeology Ltd
  • Forthcoming, 2018. Review in Landscape History Journal , 39 Title by Varey, S. M. and White, G. J. (eds) 2016. Landscapes Past and Present. Cheshire and Beyond, Chester: Chester University Press
  • 2017. Review in Cheshire History Journal, 57– Title by Hayns, D. 2016. Malpas. Cheshire’s Town in the Marches, Published by the Author: Stoke Cottage, Malpas, Cheshire
  • 2015. Review in Archaeology in Wales journal, 53, 2013-14, pp. 246-47 – Title by Clarke, C.A.M. (ed.). 2011. Mapping the Medieval City: Space, Place and Identity in Chester c. 1200 – 1600. University of Wales Press (Paperback)
  • 2015. Review in Cheshire History Journal, 55, 2015 – 16 – Title by Grimsditch, B. Nevell, M. and Nevell, R. 2013. Buckton Castle and the Castles of North West England, University of Salford, Loughborough: Acorn Print Media
  • 2014 (April). Review in The Archaeological Review from Cambridge (ARC) – a journal published by postgraduate students at the University of Cambridge: Title by Davies, M.I.J. & Nkirote M’Mbogori, F. (eds.) 2013. Humans and the Environment - New Archaeological Perspectives for the Twenty-First Century, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 232 – 35
  • 2011. Review in Archaeological Journal, 168: Title by Malcolm Airs and P S Barnwell (eds.) 2011. The Medieval Great House, Lincolnshire; Shaun Tyas, pp. 440 – 41

Commercial Publications:

Grey Literature:

Soden, I. and Swallow, R. 2012. Archaeological Excavation at Woodhouse Farm, Aldford, Cheshire, Northamptonshire Archaeology. Report 12/2

Desk Based Assessments:

  • 2014. Cornerstone Archaeology Ltd.: Proposed Development on land to the rear of 'Belmont', South Street, Caerwys CH7 5AL, centering on NGR SJ 312903 372835
  • 2013. Cornerstone Archaeology Ltd.: Property Development at Sundawn Nurseries, Babell Road, Holywell. NGR SJ15298 75123
  • 2013. Iain Soden Heritage Services Ltd.: Harthill, Cheshire
  • 2012. Cornerstone Archaeology Ltd.: The Headless Woman Inn, Tarporley Road, Duddon, Cheshire. CW6 OEW
  • 2012. Cornerstone Archaeology Ltd.: Tredustan Hall, Talgarth, Powys. LD3 OPY.
  • 2012. Northamptonshire Archaeology: Woodhouse Farm, Aldford, Cheshire

Conference Proceedings:

  • Forthcoming 2018 (23 – 24 March 2018). (Session: Castles and Defensive Structures): Dodleston Castle, Cheshire: A Multi-Faceted Bead on a String in the Irish Sea Cultural Zone, Space and Settlement in the Middle Ages Conference, Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute, Trinity College Dublin

  • Forthcoming 2018 (4 July). (Session: Medieval Settlement Research Group: ‘Memory, Settlement and Landscape’): Layers of Legend, Lordship and Landscape: A fresh interdisciplinary and multi-period approach to understanding medieval Caernarfon in Gwynedd, Wales, The International Medieval Congress (IMC), Leeds University

  • 2017 (12 October). Seminar paper: Gateways to Power: The Castles of Ranulf III of Chester and Llywelyn the Great of Gwynedd, Bangor University
  • 2017 (30 August – 3 September). ‘Misfit’ Castle Forms of the Irish Sea: Crossing the Northern Anglo-Welsh Bridge, European Association of Archaeologists conference (EAA), Maastricht, Holland
  • 2017 (3 – 6 July). ‘Misfit’ Castle Forms of the Irish Sea: The Welsh Perspective, Session: ISMARN, The International Medieval Congress (IMC), Leeds University
  • 2017 (11 – 14 May). Solid Foundations for Strong Structures: The Form and Siting of Anglo-Norman Castles in the Irish Sea Region, Session: New Voices in Medieval History, 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, USA
  • 2017 (15 March). Seminar paper: Gateways to Power: The Castles of Ranulf III of Chester and Llywelyn the Great of Gwynedd, University of Highlands and Islands
  • 2016 (17 November). Seminar paper with Dr Mark Hagger (Bangor University): Expressions of Medieval Power: Ducal Acta and Princely Gateways, Winchester University
  • 2016 (30 August – 4 September). Living on the Edge: Cheshire Castles in Context. European Association of Archaeologists conference (EAA), Vilnius, Lithuania
  • 2016 (14 – 18 August). Cheshire Hilltop Castles in a Medieval Frontier Landscape. Chateau Gaillard Colloque: Castles and Landscape, Roscommon, Eire
  • 2016 (8 – 9 July). Square Pegs and Round Holes: ‘Misfit’ Castle Forms of the Irish Sea Cultural Zone: The Irish Sea in the Middle Ages Research Network: Interaction and Identity in the Irish Sea Region, c. 400 – 1066, University of Liverpool
  • 2016 (4 – 7 July). Bordering on the Defensive: Forestal Liminality and Castle Siting in Medieval Cheshire. Session: The Medieval Landscape/Seascape. The International Medieval Congress (IMC), Leeds University
  • 2016 (12 March). Cheshire Castles in Context. Chester Archaeological Society, Grosvenor Museum, Chester
  • 2015 (14 – 16 March). Lord of the Ring: Assembly, Memory and Movement in Medieval West Cheshire, Theoretical Archaeological Group (TAG), Bradford University
  • 2015 (12 April). Edgar the Peaceable and Power and Place on the Anglo-Welsh Border: Aldford Castle, Cheshire. Contest and Collaboration: Chester Conference on the March of Wales, University of Chester
  • 2014 (13 December). A Paradigm Shift in Landscape Continuity?: The Eleventh Century Elite Landscape of Nantwich Castle and Acton, Cheshire. Medieval Settlement Research Group Winter Seminar, University of Leicester
  • 2014 (8 November). New Perspectives on Old Landscapes: Dodleston Castle, Cheshire. Council for British Archaeology (CBA) North West, Castles Research Conference, Grosvenor Museum, Chester
  • 2014 (25 October). Cheshire as a Frontier: the medieval castles of the Earls of Chester and their Barons. Cheshire Local History Association (CLHA) History Day Conference, The Lifestyle Centre, Winsford, Cheshire
  • 2014 (8 July). Frodsham Castle in Cheshire: All the trappings of a medieval castle landscape, but where is the castle? Session: Landscape and Seascapes: Shaping the Landscape, led by Prof. Catherine Clarke, Southampton University and Dr. Leonie Hicks, Canterbury Christchurch University. The International Medieval Congress (IMC), Leeds University
  • 2014 (May 15). When the best defence really was a good offence: The Castles of Ranulf III of Chester and Llywelyn the Great of Gwynedd. Session: Conflict: Society and Self. History and Archaeology Post Graduate Conference, University of Chester
  • 2014 (May 14). East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet?: a multidisciplinary research approach to the medieval Welsh border and the castles of Cheshire.M6 Seminar Group, at Manchester Metropolitan University
  • 2014 (January 9). Pushing the Boundary?: Cross-border marriage and the castles of medieval Cheshire. Gender and Medieval Studies (GMS) 2014, University of Winchester
  • 2013 (July 3). What was so special about the Earldom of Chester?: Charters, Place and Identity in the early thirteenth century. The International Medieval Congress (IMC), Leeds University
  • 2013 (May). Castle in the Air?: A landscape historiographical approach to putting the foundations below Frodsham Castle in Cheshire. Early Medieval Archaeology Student Symposium (EMASS), University of Chester
  • 2012 (December 17). The Magna Carta of Chester and the castles of its princeps: a landscape historiographical approach. Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG), Liverpool University
  • 2012 (12 July). Parade, Power and Place: King Edgar the Peaceful and the siting of Norman castles in a Cheshire landscape. International Medieval Congress (IMC), Leeds University
  • 2011 (October). The Power of Place in an Eleventh-Century Elite Landscape: Nantwich Castle and Acton, Cheshire. The Society for Medieval Archaeology (SMA) Student Colloquium, Cambridge University

Awards, Nominations and Invitations:

  • 2016 (August). Invitation to attend and to give a paper at Chateau Gaillard Colloque: Castles and Landscape, Roscommon, Eire
  • 2015 (Feb.). Subject of a case study for success in publications and teaching, in: University of Chester. Annual Review 2014. The Pursuit of Excellence, 68
  • 2014 (June). Runner Up in the British Association for Local History (BALH) Awards (long article): Swallow, R. 2012. Landscape of Power: Aldford castle, Cheshire, Cheshire History Journal, No. 52, 2012/2013, 5-28
  • 2014 (Feb.). Paper nominated as one of the top ten papers to look forward to at IMC, by medievalists.net (February 2014): 2014 (8 July). Frodsham Castle in Cheshire: All the trappings of a medieval castle landscape, but where is the castle? The International Medieval Congress (IMC), Leeds University