Karen Averby

karen outside the ancient house e17Karen Averby BA (Hons) MA PGCert Arch Hist (Oxon) AIfA

Karen Averby has worked in the heritage sector since 1997, a unique career encompassing the fields of archaeology, architecture and archives, with a strong emphasis upon research in all of these.

Originally a prehistorian, with an interest in the British neolithic and bronze age, Karen has since expanded her research interests to include all aspects of the historic built environment, with a particular passion for ecclesiastic and industrial buildings, including their reuse for residential and community purposes.

She is also part of the core research teams of sister heritage companies The House Detectives  and Vivat Heritage, is a member of architect community group AE17, writes a monthly history column for The E-List,  a cultural and listings magazine in Waltham Forest, and is a contributor to Historical Honey, a history website aimed at younger people.

Professional archive and researcher roles:

  • 1997-1999        The University of Birmingham Library and Special Collections
  • 1999-2003       The University of Birmingham Field Archaeology Unit (later Birmingham Archaeology)
  • 2003-2004      The National Archives
  • 2004-2006      The Church of England
  • 2006-present  Private heritage consultancies including Archangel Heritage

Research Expertise

  • County record offices throughout the UK
  • Local history libraries and archives
  • Specialist repositories and archive collections
  • The National Archives

Academic Background
Karen has a a strong complementary academic background in history, archaeology and architectural history:

  • BA Honours Degree History and Classical Studies, University of Wales 2:i
  • Masters Degree in Archaeology, University of Nottingham: Distinction
  • PGC Architectural History, University of Oxford: Distinction

Professional Memberships and Committee Roles

  • Affiliate of the Institute for Historic Building Conservation (IHBC)
  • Associate of the Institute for Archaeologists (IfA)
  • Founding committee member of  IfA specialist interest group for Archives (2009-2014)
  • Committee member for IfA Specialist interest group for Buildings Archaeology (2011-2014)
  • Member of the IfA specialist groups Research and Impact Group, Information Management Group and London Regional Group
  • Associate of the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism (INTBAU)
  • Member of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain
  • Member of the Construction History Society
  • Member of London Historians