School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Frances McIntosh

Frances McIntosh

The Clayton Collection: An archaeological appraisal of a 19th century collection.

  • Subject area: Artefacts from the Central Sector of Hadrian’s Wall
  • Supervision team: Ian Haynes, Lindsay Allason-Jones and James Gerrard
  • Contact: frances.mcintosh@newcastle.ac.uk

Research topic

My PhD will focus on the large amount of material recovered by John Clayton (1792- 1890) from the 1840s to the 1890s along Hadrian’s Wall.

Although the majority of this is from Chesters, the collection also contains material from the following sites: Carrawburgh (including Coventina’s Well, most of which is published in Allason-Jones and McKay 1985); Carvoran; Housesteads; Vindolanda and various milecastles and turrets.

The collection ranges from inscriptions to dress accessories, jet items to weaponry and pottery to keys, including objects of stone, metal, bone, glass and ceramic.

The thesis will assess how the Clayton collection contributes to our understanding of the central sector of Hadrian’s Wall and how it compares to other private collections of the period.

As well as looking at the material from the collection, I will undertake research into 19th century antiquarianism and the impact John Clayton had on Wall studies. The artefact chapters will look at the brooches, militaria, tools and the material from Chesters.

Current work and research interests

After my undergraduate degree, and whilst working on my Mlitt I worked for the Portable Antiquities Scheme in the North West and North East.

This gave me a wide range of experience of material culture from all periods. In 2011 I organised the 21st Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference in Newcastle which was an international conference.

I helped co-ordinate the Newcastle Roman Archaeology Seminars with Prof. Haynes which bring outside speakers into the department for seminars on new work from 2010- 2013.

I am currently studying part time as I work for English Heritage as the Curator of Roman Collections.

Academic qualifications:

BA Archaeology, 2.1 Durham University, 2006
Mlitt Archaeology, Distinction, Newcastle University, 2010

Academic conferences - papers/posters:

  • ROMEC 2013 Amsterdam. The Clayton Collection: Militaria and Much More!
  • Poster at Limes Conference, Ruse September 2012. The Clayton Collection.
  • Roman Archaeology Conference, Frankfurt March 2012. Roman Brooches as Ethnic Indicators.
  • Poster at School of Historical Studies Postgraduate Forum Conference, May 2009. Wirral Brooches. Winner of the Keith Wrightson Poster Prize
  • Paper at International Medieval Congress, Leeds. June 2009. ‘Medieval finds in the North West’
  • Poster at Limes Congress, Newcastle, August 2009. Wirral Brooches.
  • Paper at School of Historical Studies Postgraduate Forum Conference, May 2010. Wirral Brooches. Winner of Norman McCord Best Paper Prize

Publications:

  • McIntosh, F. forthcoming. ‘The Clayton Collection; Militaria and much more!’ in ROMEC 2013 Proceedings.
  • McIntosh, F. 2014. ‘The Wirral brooch- a rural and regional brooch type’. The Archaeological Journal.
  • Collins, R. and McIntosh, F. (eds.). 2014. Life in the Limes. Studies of the people and objects of the Roman frontiers presented to Lindsay Allason-Jones on the occasion of her birthday and retirement. Oxbow.
  • McIntosh, F. 2014. ‘The Wall’s First Great Collection: the Clayton Collection’. pp…. In Collins, R. and McIntosh, F. (eds.). Life in the Limes. Studies of the people and objects of the Roman frontiers presented to Lindsay Allason-Jones on the occasion of her birthday and retirement. Oxbow.
  • McIntosh, F. and Morris, E. 2013. ‘Counterfeit Charles I Coins in Rural County Durham’. British Numismatic Journal, Vol. 83, 253- 258.
  • McIntosh, F. 2013 . ‘The Wirral brooch- a rural and regional brooch type’. P. 257- 268. In Grabher, G., and Schierl, T. (eds). Relations Abroad. Innsbruck University.
  • Duggan, M., McIntosh, F. and Rohl, D. (eds.). 2012. TRAC 2011: Proceedings of the Twenty-First Annual Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference. Oxbow.
  • McIntosh, F. and Moorhead, S. 2012 ‘Roman quadrantes found in Britain, in light of recent discoveries recorded with the Portable Antiquities Scheme’. British Numismatics Journal, Vol. 82, 223 – 230.
  • McIntosh, F. 2012 . ‘Regional Brooch Types in Roman Britain- evidence from Northern England’. Archaeologia Aeliana, 155- 182.
  • McIntosh, F. and Allason-Jones, L. 2012. ‘The Wall, a Plan and the Ancient Monuments Acts’. Archaeological Aeliana, 267- 276.
  • McIntosh, F. 2010. ‘Stray finds from the countryside: lightening our darkness. Roman finds from the North West recorded on the Portable Antiquities Scheme’. CBA NW Annual Journal 2010.
  • McIntosh, F. September 2010. ‘The Wirral Brooch: a case study in trade across Roman Britain’. School of Historical Studies, University of Newcastle Postgraduate Forum E-journal.
  • McIntosh, F. September 2009. ‘A study into Romano-British enamelling- with a particular focus on brooches’. School of Historical Studies, University of Newcastle Postgraduate Forum E-journal.
  • McIntosh, F. July 2009. ‘The Wirral Brooch’ Lucerna, 38.
  • McIntosh, F. ‘Medieval Finds in North West Britain’. CBA NW Annual Journal 2009.
  • ‘PAS Northern Regional Report: Roman Brooches: A Basic Guide to Identification.’ Treasure Hunting. September 2008.
  • McIntosh, F. August 2008. ‘Wirral Brooches- A Scouse Export before the Beatles’. The Searcher.
  • Numerous small contributions to CBA NW and CBA North newsletters, Chester Archaeology Newsletter, Durham Archaeology Magazine, PAS Annual Reports and PAS round ups in Medieval Archaeology and Britannia.

Teaching:

  • ARA2100- Artefact handling on various materials and periods with 2nd years
  • ARA 2091- Roman coinage; introduction to and handling of the material in preparation for an assessment (2nd years)
  • MA Museum Studies artefact class