Thanks for visiting, I hope you find something useful here. I’m a cultural historian, broadcaster and writer based at Durham University, where I’m Associate Professor of Medieval History and Literature. In 2013, I became a BBC / AHRC New Generation Thinker, in a competition to develop a new generation of academics who can bring the best of university research and scholarly ideas to a broad audience through the media and public engagement. This means that outside office hours I can usually be found outdoors—preferably somewhere weird and wild—and sometimes behind a microphone, presenting programmes for the BBC. I’m passionate about communicating history to the wider public, and I often end up visiting some extraordinary places and meeting some extraordinary people in the process. As a result, I also spend quite a lot of time freezing cold, wet, windswept, and covered in mud (at least I hope it’s mud). Here you can find information about what I’ve done, what I’m getting up to, and how to get in touch.

Click to view Broadcasting


This section has more information about the sort of broadcasting I do, mostly for the BBC.

Click to view Publications


This bit is about my books, and the articles I’ve written for magazines and newspapers. Occasional interviews also included here.

Click to view Events


Here you can read about the talks and other events I do at schools, museums, festivals, and so on.

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This is about my academic work in the History Department at Durham University.  For more, you can click through to my university profile page.

Featured Activities

  • Beyond the Walls: In Search of the Celts

    Historian Dr Eleanor Barraclough travels through some of Britain’s most beautiful landscapes – Hadrian’s Wall, the Lake District and Offa’s Dyke – in search of new evidence to reveal the true story of the mysterious ancient British tribes often called…


  • Free Thinking

    Here you can find links to a few of the programmes I have presented for Free Thinking, and the associated summer series Proms Plus.


  • Beyond the Northlands: Viking Voyages and the Old Norse Sagas

    In the dying days of the eighth century, the Vikings erupted onto the international stage with brutal raids and slaughter. But this is far from the whole story of medieval Norse activities abroad. The Norse travelled to all corners of…