Karen Averby

Karen Averby MA PGCert Arch Hist (Oxon) AiFA

Karen is an experienced buildings historian and historical researcher who has worked within the heritage sector since 1998, spanning the fields of architectural history, archaeology and archives. She held positions at The University of Birmingham, The National Archives and the Church of England before moving to private consultancy.

She is an expert in undertaking site-specific and contextual research and analysis of buildings and sites of all periods and types throughout the UK, including listed buildings and buildings within conservation areas. She specialises in the research of property history, local history and archaeological research and has particular research interests in the history, development and reuse of industrial, ecclesiastic and former military buildings and sites.

Karen has a strong complementary academic background in history, archaeology and architectural history, having studied History and Classical Studies at the University of Wales, and subsequently being awarded Distinctions for her Masters Degree in Archaeology from the University of Nottingham and for her Postgraduate Certificate in Architectural History from the University of Oxford.

Karen is a contributor to the Victoria County History series (Middlesex-London), and is an Associate of the Institute for Archaeologists (IfA). She sits on two IfA Special Interest Group committees, being a founder member and Secretary for the Archive Group and Treasurer for the Buildings Archaeology Group. She is also a member of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain and the London Topographical Society.

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