School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Andrew Marriott

Andrew Marriott

Trench Art of the North East: Material Culture, Memory and Perception from the First World War to the Present.

Supervisors: Dr Jane Webster, Dr Martin Farr and Kate Reeder

Project outline

First World War trench art comprises souvenir artefacts made from recycled munitions and other war-related material.

The project asks how much trench art still exists in the North East of England and how have the 100 years since the First World War shaped the way people think about these artefacts?

It will also assess the impact of the 100th anniversary of the war itself upon contemporary understandings of trench art, with particular reference to the commodification of trench art as exemplified through auction house and online sales.

Employing an artefact-centred methodology pioneered by the School, it will investigate how oral history and archival research might be combined in uncovering the biographies of trench art and then consider how understandings of trench art have changed as artefacts have been inherited, or bought and sold.

This regional, multi-disciplinary study represents the first detailed analysis of such a broad and numerous range of trench art artefacts, incorporating established and innovative methodologies.

The project’s objectives include the creation of a database of North East trench art in the care of museums, collectors and the public.

Another key outcome will be the development of a mini-museum of trench art which can be toured to local venues, itself generating new artefacts for further study.

Concurrent archival research on a selected 30 pieces of trench art will be conducted in order to establish provenance and develop, where possible, a putative early biography for each of those pieces before they were converted from war material.

This is an AHRC funded Collaborative Doctoral Student working in partnership with the Beamish Museum.

About me

I have a 30+ year career in the Armed Forces with operational service in N Ireland, the Balkans, Georgia, the Middle East and West Africa.

Home-based appointments included the role of instructor (staff planning, tactics and close combat) and the development of UK military doctrine in collaboration with departments such as the FCO and DfID, the UN and EU and engaging with nations as diverse as the US, China, Russia and Australia.

Academic qualifications

2011 - BA (Hons) First Class (distinction) Archaeology, University of York
2013 - MA (distinction) Medieval Archaeology, University of York

Awards and funding

  • 2011 - Yorkshire Philosophical Society Charles Wellbeloved Prize (Undergraduate dissertation)
  • 2013 - Yorkshire Philosophical Society Herman Ramm Prize (Masters dissertation)
  • 2014 - Viking Society for Northern Research Margaret Orme Prize (Masters dissertation)


  • contributor to Newcastle Postgraduate Forum
  • student mentor and supervisor for York University fieldwork
  • committee member and driver for York University Archaeological Society
  • trustee and treasurer of the Society for Church Archaeology 2012-2015
  • fieldwork (geophysical prospection, excavation and supervision of metal detectorists) related to the Viking Torksey Project
  • collaboration with Dr Steve Ashby (University of York) on the 9th-century Danelaw Boundary


Member of the Society for Church Archaeology
Member of the Battlefields Trust