My research focuses on the later medieval period in Britain and Europe, with a particular interest in themes of daily life. I am especially interested in the use and socio-cultural significance of everyday objects and the people that used them. These interests transcend the traditional disciplinary boundary to incorporate literature, documentary and art historical evidence to understand more about daily life in the past. The Portable Antiquities Scheme data is also widely used in my studies. Identity, religion, memory, reuse and the meaning of things and places are themes which feature greatly in my research.
- Medieval artefacts
- Historic dress
- Interdisciplinary approaches to later-medieval research
- Archaeology of medieval religion
- Material culture and memory
- The transition period from later medieval to post-medieva
Eleanor Standley is Associate Professor of Later Medieval Archaeology in the School of Archaeology and Curator of Medieval Archaeology in the Ashmolean Museum. She is also a Fellow at St Cross College, Oxford. Eleanor studied for a BSc in Archaeology and then an MA in Historical Archaeology at Durham University. Staying at Durham she went on to complete a PhD in 2010 on later medieval and early modern dress accessories. Later that year Eleanor joined the School of Archaeology and the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford. She is the author of ‘Trinkets and Charms: The use, meaning and significance of dress accessories 1300–1700’.
2013, Trinkets and Charms: The use, meaning and significance of dress accessories 1300–1700, Oxford University School of Archaeology Monograph 78
Recent journal articles/book chapters
2016 Hid in the Earth and Secret Places: A reassessment of a hoard of later medieval gold rings and silver coins found near River Thame, Antiquaries Journal 96, 117–142
2016 A Handmaiden’s Yarn? The Evidence for Spinning and its Social Implications, c.1200–1500, Medieval Archaeology 60:2, 266–99
2016 Best’ Gowns, Kerchiefs and Pantofles: Gifts in 16th century North-East England in T. Martin and R. Weetch (eds), Dress and Society: Contributions from Archaeology, Oxbow: Oxford, 130–50
Temporary suspension of special access/enquiries
Medieval Archaeology Collections (c. AD 500 – 1800) and the European objects in the Founding Collection
1 January 2018 until the beginning of 2019
The reserve Medieval Archaeology Collections and the European objects in the Founding Collection will be temporarily closed from 1 January 2018 until the beginning of 2019 while the curator is on research sabbatical leave. It will not be possible to provide access to the collections or respond to enquiries that require specialist knowledge of them during this period. The permanent galleries England 400–1600 (Gallery 41) and The Ashmolean Story (Gallery 2) will remain open and these displays will be unaffected.
General enquiries about these collections can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enquiries regarding photography for image orders and reproduction rights should be sent to the Picture Library.