Dr Craig Spence
Academic Co-ordinator for History, Archaeology and Heritage
School of Humanities

Academic Co-ordinator for History, Archaeology and Heritage

Craig is a Senior Lecturer in History and Archaeology. His academic career commenced with advanced historical research at the University of London’s ‘Institute of Historical Research’ where he investigated the social structure of late seventeenth century London. This work engaged with innovative computer mapping analyses and data visualizations and culminated in a major research monograph titled ‘London in the 1690s: A Social Atlas’. Craig joined Bishop Grosseteste University in 2004, following seven years at Goldsmiths’ College University of London in addition to periods of teaching for other institutions including Royal Holloway College University of London and Syracuse University. Craig worked previously as a professional archaeologist at the Museum of London where he directed several excavations. While there he revised the MoLAS recording system and published the ‘Archaeological Site Manual’; a standard work on archaeological recording methods that continues to be used widely throughout the UK and overseas in both the commercial and academic sectors.

Craig has a PhD in history from Royal Holloway College and an MA in London studies from Birkbeck College both University of London. He is a Corporate Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA) and an elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (FSA). He is currently Chair of the City of Lincoln Branch of The Historical Association, an Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Community Archaeology and Heritage and a Council Member of The British Trust for Archaeology (RESCUE).


Craig teaches across both history and archaeology subject areas and delivers undergraduate teaching in early modern British history, urban and cultural history, and archaeology and heritage management. He also designed and teaches on BGU’s postgraduate Masters programmes in ‘Social and Cultural History’ and ‘Community Archaeology’.


Craig has historical and archaeological research interests. These currently include early modern urban and cultural history with a focus on the patterns and interpretation of accidents. In association with this work he continues to explore and publish on aspects of early modern print culture. Craig is also developing research into the cultural history of the Space Age (1950s-1980s) with an initial focus on the Apollo programme and its impact on education and also contemporary approaches to off-world cultural resource management. Back on Earth his recent archaeological research encompasses investigations at a Roman villa site north-east of Lincoln and excavations of the Roman and medieval settlement located on the BGU campus in Lincoln.

Selected Publications:


Spence, C. (2016). Accidents and the city: Sudden violent death in early modern London 1650—1750. Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer (forthcoming)

Spence, C. (2012). Lincoln: A history & celebration. Salisbury: Frith Book Company.

Spence, C. (2000). London in the 1690s: A social atlas. London: CMH, Institute of Historical Research.

Book Chapters

Spence, C. (2015). ‘The Open Lab Project: Successfully addressing the skills deficit of volunteer community archaeologists in Lincolnshire’ in The Impact of cross-disciplinary conservation on social development. London: UCL Press (forthcoming).

Spence, C. (2004). ‘Francis Maximilian Misson’ in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Spence, C. (2004). ‘Richard Newcourt: The Elder’ in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Journal Articles

Spence, C. (2014). ‘Newport, Lincoln, three-year seasonal research, training and commercial excavation 2010-2012’. Britannia: A Journal of Romano-British and Kindred Studies, 45, pp. 340-341.

Spence, C. (2013). ‘The rise and fall of medieval Lincoln’s northern suburb of Newport’. Medieval Archaeology, 57.1, pp.296-302.

Spence, C. (2010). ‘Sudbrooke [Roman villa] five-year seasonal research and training excavation 2005-2009’. Britannia: A Journal of Romano-British and Kindred Studies, 41, pp. 370-372.

Spence, C. (2002). ‘Seeing some Black in the Union Jack’. History Today, 52.10, pp.30-36.

Selected Conference and Research Seminar Papers

Learning about Space in the Space-Age: Exploring a junior school’s ‘Pathway to the Moon’ scrap book of 1969, Science, technologies and material culture in the history of education: History of Education Society annual conference, Liverpool Hope University, 2015.

Reading/Visualising British crime statistics in 17th and 18th centuries, Expert Round Table, Center for Research on the English-Speaking World (CREW, EA 4399), Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, 2015.

Accidental information: constructing a knowledge of the 18th century metropolis through accident event narratives, Urban knowledge: Urban History Group annual conference, University of Wolverhampton, 2015

Reporting casualties: the persistence and uses of Bills of Mortality style formatting in early English newspapers, Forms and formats: Experimenting with print, 1695-1815, Centre for the Study of the Book conference, Oriel College and The Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, 2014.

The Off-World heritage of space exploration, The Peter Hammerton Memorial Lecture, Lincoln Astronomical Society, Lincoln, 2014.

Progress in community engagement following publication of the Southport Group Report on public value in the historic environment, Annual conference of the Institute for Archaeologists, Oxford, 2012.

What is a Community Archaeologist? Constructing a Professional Identity through Skills Development, Annual conference of the Institute for Archaeologists, Southport, 2010.

Taxing the ‘Vitals of the Commonwealth’: London in the 1690s, The British Academy Hearth Tax Project 3rd annual conference, Roehampton University London, 2008.

Accidents and Response in Early Modern London, Centre for the History of Medicine Research Seminar, The School of Medicine, Birmingham University, 2008.

Familiar Hazards and Dangerous Places: Sudden Violent Death in Early Modern London, Annual conference of the European Association for the History of Medicine and Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London, 2007.

Death Hath Ten-Thousand Several Doors’: Accidents and Death in the Early Modern City, Long-Eighteenth Century Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, 2005.

Whose ‘History’ is it Anyway?, 7th Annual conference on history in higher education, HEA/Subject Centre for History, University of Oxford, 2005.