School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Staff Profile

Dr Paul Wright

Visiting Researcher


About me

I'm a researcher at the McCord Centre for Landscape, where I arrived following a variety of research and teaching roles. I have a background in geographies of heritage (see "interests" below) which I developed around questions of architectural design and the "longevity" of architectural experiences, but since my doctorate I've had opportunities to apply and develop these insights across different fields.

At present I'm the principal investigator for War and the Moral Outdoors (AHRC Living Legacies) and I also manage the travelling exhibition for its sister project, Women and Leisure during the First World War.



  • Persistence and longevity - how past actors imagined and planned for future times so that they could manage how they would be remembered and how their work - especially architectural work - would be engaged with.
  • Heritage and fluid pasts - how people and institutions carefully design narratives of the past that have effects, both intended and accidental, on the present.

I practice these complementary research interests across a variety of thematic areas...

  • Early and mid-Twentieth Century architecture and the architect/client relationship.
  • The present day acts and affects of inhabiting "heritage" architecture. (see Wright, 2019 (in progress)).
  • Museum practices and the exhibit/visitor interface.
  • Mobilities and the restoration of mobile and quasi-mobile objects (see Wright, 2018).
  • Coping acts formed at the intersection of landscape and mobility (War and the Moral Outdoors).

From my previous experience as a Teaching Fellow I also retain pedagogic interests...

  • The experiences of Postgraduate Teaching Assistants. (see Wright and Barr, 2018)
  • The portability of the Higher Education learning experiences to other Key Stages.

Background and qualifications

I was awarded my doctorate from the University of Wales Aberystwyth in 2010. Until 2015 I worked in Higher Education teaching before moving to research focused roles, first at the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics and currently at the McCord Centre for Landscape. 


As Principal Investigator and Lead Applicant:

War and the Moral Outdoors
£18,000 awarded from the Arts and Humanities Research Council via Living Legacies.
(2017 and ongoing)

Bold Visitors (with colleagues at Durham Castle Museum and Teesside University)
£500 awarded from the Arts Council via NCCPE

Fizzywig the Pig (with colleagues at Cap-a-Pie)
£3580 awarded from the Catherine Cookson Foundation at Newcastle University

As Research Associate:

Women and Leisure during the First World War
PI: Stacy Gillis and Emma Short (Arts and Humanities Research Council via Living Legacies)

Postgraduates who Teach
PI: Michael Barr (faculty funding)


ESRC 1 plus 3 funding (PTA-030-2003-00590)


I was a Human Geography Teaching Fellow at Newcastle University (2013-2015) building on my teaching experience at the University of Leeds (2011-2013).