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Barbara Martin

Research Interests

  • Built heritage of East Sussex, particularly with regards to methods of construction and the evolution of internal layouts, pre 1750.
  • Land holdings associated with surviving and destroyed medieval and post-medieval houses, both with regards to their size, ownership and tenancy.

Professional Skills

  • Interpretation and analysis of historic buildings (30 years+ experience)

Career Summary

  • 1992 to date - Buildings Archaeologist, Archaeology South-East.
  • 1974-1992 – Researcher, Rape of Hastings Architectural Survey

Key Projects

  • Rape of Hastings Architectural Survey; A study of the social and economic history of medieval East Sussex based on the evidence of more than 1150 individual interpretative surveys of houses earlier than circa 1750. Winchelsea, Sussex: A major re-assessment of the documentary and physical evidence of Edward I’s planned town of Winchelsea, jointly funded by English Heritage, National Trust and East Sussex County Council. Falmer Court Barn, Falmer, E. Sussex: Detailed archaeological interpretative survey of a major multi-period aisled barn. Commissioned by English Heritage.
  • Topographical Survey of various parishes in E. Sussex: Detailed documentary and architectural study of eighteen parishes for the Sussex Archaeological Society, East Sussex County Council and others.
  • Survey of the Town Wall, Hastings, E. Sussex: Detailed architectural and historical interpretative survey of the remains and environs of Hastings Town Wall, commissioned jointly by Hastings Borough Council and English Heritage.
  • Headstone Manor, Pinner, Middlesex: Detailed archaeological interpretative survey of the early timber frame of c1320 at Headstone Manor, in advance of extensive repairs. Commissioned by London Borough of Harrow.
  • The Gatehouse, Tonbridge Castle, Kent: Intensive interpretative recording of the 13th-century gatehouse at Tonbridge Castle, to inform Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council and their agents as to the significance and original form as a prelude to limited reinstatement and display to the public. Commissioned by Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council.
  • Westenhanger Castle, Stanford, Kent: Intensive interpretative recording of the remains of the 14th-century (and later) fortified manor house and outbuildings known as Westenhanger Castle as a prelude to extensive restoration and consolidation, with further work during conservation work. Commissioned by G Forge (Civil Engineering) Ltd, grant aided by English Heritage. (Ongoing)
  • Wilmington Priory, Sussex: A programme of archaeological recording commissioned by The Landmark Trust, in conjunction with English Heritage. An initial interpretation of the entire, very complex multi-phased monument aimed at informing the proposed programme of conservation work and alteration, with follow-on enhancement by detailed watching briefs and below-ground excavation.
  • Hastings Castle, Sussex: Commissioned by Hastings Borough Council. A re-assessment of the monument, including outline context recording. Purpose - to aid re-interpretation of the monument to the public and to assist in the management of the monument.
  • Martin, D and Martin B forthcoming Farm Buildings of the Weald, 1450-1750. Heritage Marketing and Publications
  • Martin, D and Martin B 2004 New Winchelsea, Sussex: A Medieval Port Town, Field Archaeology Unit Monograph No. 2, Institute of Archaeology, University College London. Heritage Marketing and Publications 2004
  • Martin, D and Martin B 2001 'Westenhanger Castle - A Revised Interpretation' in Archaeologia Cantiana 121, 203-236
  • Martin, D and Martin B 2001 'Detached Kitchens or Adjoining Houses? - A Response' in Vernacular Architecture 32, 20-33
  • Martin, D and Martin B 1999 'Adapting Houses to Changing Needs: Multi-phased Medieval and Transitional Houses in Eastern Sussex' SAC 137, 121-132
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