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Imogen Corrigan FRSA
I was in the army for nearly 20 years and then turned to a life-long interest with the result that in 2004 I graduated from the University of Kent with a 1st class honours degree in Anglo-Saxon and Medieval History and have been studying ever since.
I have been lecturing and running study tours on Anglo-Saxon and Medieval history for some years and I use art – usually church art – as the evidence in my research as much as possible. But however lovely or bizarre the images might be, it fascinates me to try to get at the people who made them and to hear their voices speaking. Sometimes, I may say, they speak to us directly and write things such as the Anglo-Saxon scribe who complained at the end of his manuscript that: “three fingers write, but my whole body labours.” I cover 1,000 years of history and I like to take the major events and look at the individuals living through those times to try to understand them. For instance, when we see an image made around 1400, we could be seeing a reaction to the several catastrophes of the C14th, and might be looking at a cry for help, or someone reacting to the situation with sensitivity, superstition or perhaps with humour.
I lecture for Martin Randall Travel, ACE Cultural Tours and other specialist travel companies leading tours which have included ‘A White Garment of Churches’ (French cathedrals), ‘Medieval Pilgrimage’, ‘Medieval Brittany’, ‘The Age of Bede’, ‘An Appointment with Angels’ (Norfolk Churches), ‘First-Millennium Northumbria’ and ‘An Introduction to Anglo-Saxon England’. I lecture on board small ships for Noble Caledonia and Silver Sea Cruises as well as lecturing for The Arts Society (formerly called NADFAS). I am a speaker for the U3A, Kent Federation of History, East Kent National Trust amongst many others. I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the British Commission for Military History.
On a different note, I believe that I may be one of only two people who are the third generation of women to serve in the British Army. My maternal grandmother was a driver in the Women’s Legion in WW1 and was in the ATS in WW2. My mother served in the ATS and WRAC and I was in the WRAC and AG Corps. Not only did we all join the army, but we all changed Corps and so had two cap-badges. I’m always interested to hear if anyone else has the same record.