Karen has worked in the heritage sector since 1997, a unique career encompassing the fields of architecture, archives, and archaeology, with a strong emphasis upon research in all of these. She holds qualifications in Architectural History (PGC, Distinction), Archaeology (MA, Distinction) and History and Classical Studies (BA Hons).
Karen draws upon her experience of working in archives in the public sector (including the University of Birmingham and The National Archives) and extensive historical research and analysis expertise from working in private heritage practices, to apply to projects and work in the commercial heritage sector. Her research expertise includes in-depth knowledge of the records and resources of national libraries and archives, county record offices, local history libraries and archives, specialist archives, as well as online resources, and she has extensive knowledge and experience of researching a wide range of sites and building types from all periods.
Professional memberships include the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC), Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA), Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain (SAHGB). Specialist research interests include seaside and industrial heritage, and she is also a published author and experienced house historian. See her website for more details