Professor Fiona Edmonds

Professor in Regional History

Research Overview

I study medieval Britain and Ireland, with interests ranging from the sixth century to the twelfth. My research focuses on maritime connections and now-lost kingdoms. Particular areas of interest are the Irish Sea region in the Viking Age; central Britain (northern England and southern Scotland) prior to the Anglo-Scottish border; and connections between northern Britain and Wales. My monograph Gaelic Influence in the Northumbrian Kingdom: The Golden Age and the Viking Age won the Frank Waton Book Prize, 2021. I have been involved in funded projects on Furness Abbey’s links across the Irish Sea and contacts between Britain and Brittany. I am interested in interdisciplinary work, for example combining historical and linguistic evidence through the study of names. I am the Director of the Regional Heritage Centre, which received an Educate North Award for Community Engagement in 2023. I am committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education, including the department's Athena Swan Bronze award (2021).

Brittany and the North: Cross-Channel Connections, Eleventh to Thirteenth Centuries
01/10/2024 → 31/07/2025

Victoria County History 2022-2024
01/10/2022 → 30/09/2024

IAA - AHRC Impact Acceleration Account
01/04/2022 → 31/03/2026

Archives of the Borderlands
20/09/2021 → 30/09/2023

Settlement and Landscape in Medieval Lancashire: the Records of the Forest Justice
01/07/2021 → 30/04/2023

Envisaging Landscapes and Naming Places: the Lake District before the Map
01/05/2021 → 30/11/2022

Victoria County History 2019 - 2022
01/10/2019 → 30/09/2022

01/04/2019 → 31/03/2023

  • Institute for Social Futures Fellow
  • Regional Heritage Centre