Frances Parton

Former Researcher (Documentation)

Frances volunteered regularly in the Department from 2007, cataloguing the coin collection of Commodore Matthew C. Perry, a nineteenth-century American naval officer and significant historical figure. She created a permanent online exhibition of the Perry Collection, together with a temporary display of its highlights. For much of 2009 Frances was employed as a researcher, helping with cataloguing and imaging the department's collection of Chinese coins.

Academic history

2005-9: Cambridge University, St Catharine's College, PhD in Medieval History. Thesis title The Liber Pontificalis and Franco-Papal Relations 824 to 891.

2003-4: Cambridge University, St Catherine's College, MPhil in Medieval History

2000-3: Durham University, St Cuthbert's Society, BA in Medieval Studies

Professional history

Frances spent six months volunteering with the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich in 2005-6, assisting in the Visitor Services department. She then volunteered at the British Museum in the department of Prehistory and Europe from 2006-8, taking part in various registration projects. She is now Curator of Archives, Photographs, Film and Sound at the National Army Museum, Chelsea, London.


Entry on 'Popes and the Papacy' in The Handbook of Medieval Studies: Concepts, Methods, Historical Developments and Current Trends in Medieval Studies, ed. A. Classen (Berlin & New York, forthcoming).