Dr Michael Nevell
Head of Archaeology
I’m a landscape archaeologist with more than 29 years’ experience in archaeology, as a consultant, lecturer, and researcher. My research interests include the archaeology of industrialization, community archaeology and historic buildings. I have written extensively on industrial and landscape topics and several of my books have won awards from the Libraries Association and the Association for Industrial Archaeology.
Before joining Salford in 2009 I was director of the University of Manchester Archaeology Unit and worked extensively in the archaeology profession. Since 2009 I have run the Centre for Applied Archaeology, an academic enterprise centre which focusses on industry links, consultancy, and community engagement.
I have run several major landscape projects, including the Tameside Archaeological Survey, from 1990 to 2012, the Warburton Archaeological Survey from 1996 to 2015, and the community-archaeology project Dig Greater Manchester from 2011 to 2016. I am currently involved in a European-funded research project, STORM, developing early warning hazard systems and new disaster management protocols for the protection of cultural heritage sites.
From 2010 to 2017, I was co-editor of the international journal Industrial Archaeology Review, and I was Chair of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists Buildings Archaeology special interests group from 2011 to 2017. Since 2013 I have been a Trustee for the Council for British Archaeology and in 2017 I took up the chairmanship of the Association for Industrial Archaeology. I have been an external examiner for the University of Birmingham, University of Manchester, University of Nottingham and the University College Cork, Eire.
I am a post-graduate supervisor, and at undergraduate level teaching an industrial archaeology module for the Geography BA Hons degree. I will be leading the archaeology teaching on the new degree in Archaeology and Geography with Professional practice from September 2017. I also have extensive experience of extra-mural teaching and training in archaeology.
My particular interests include industrial archaeology, buildings archaeology, heritage disaster management, landscape visualization, archaeological theory and community involvement. I have written extensively about industrial archaeology, landscapes and theory.
Qualifications and Memberships
BA (Hons) Ancient History & Archaeology 1984
MPhil in Archaeology 1986
DPhil in Archaeology 1992
Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries
Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists
Council for British Archaeology Trustee
Chair of the Association for Industrial Archaeology
Key Books and Articles:
Nevell M & George D, (eds), 2017, Recapturing the Past of Salford Quays. The Industrial Archaeology of the Manchester and Salford Docks. University of Salford, CfAA Archaeological Monographs 5.
Nevell M, Wyke T, Hartwell C, Kidd A & Redhead N, 2016, Walking the Bridgewater. Exploring Manchester’s First Canal. University of Salford, CfAA Archaeological Monographs 3.
Nevell M, 2016a, The Birth of an Industrial City: Glasgow and the Archaeology of the M74 (Edinburgh: Society of Antiquaries Scotland).
Nevell M, 2016b, ‘Evolving Approaches for Recording the Textile Mill’, Industrial Archaeology Review 38.2, 1-2.
Nevell M, 2015, ‘The Industrial Archaeology of Cheshire: an Overview’, Journal of the Chester Archaeological Society vol. 85, 39-82.
Nevell M & Redhead N, 2015, Archaeology for All: Community Archaeology in the early 21st Century. University of Salford.
Nevell M with Carney M, Cracknell J, Haworth J, Hill C & Jubb D, 2015, Warburton. Glimpses of Rural Life: The Archaeology and History of a Cheshire Village. University of Salford.
Nevell M, 2014, ‘Legislation and Reality: the Archaeological Evidence for Sanitation and Housing Quality in Urban Workers’ Housing in the Ancoats Area of Manchester Between 1800 and 1950’, Industrial Archaeology Review 36.1 (May 2014), 48-74.
Nevell M & George D, 2014, A Guide to the Industrial Archaeology of Cheshire. The Association for Industrial Archaeology.
George D & Nevell M, 2014, ‘Revisiting the Iconic: the Excavation of the Reel Fitz Pit Engine and the Newcomen Steam engine in Cumberland, UK’, Industrial Archaeology Review 36.2 (November 2014).
Nevell M, 2013a, ‘Bridgewater: The Archaeology of the First Arterial Industrial Canal’, Industrial Archaeology Review 35. 1 (May 2013), 1-21.
Nevell M, 2013b, ‘Archaeology for All: managing expectations and learning from the past for the future – the Dig Manchester community archaeology experience’, in Dalglish C, (ed), Archaeology, the Public and Recent Past. The Boydell Press.
Nevell M, Grimsditch B & Redhead, N, 2012, Buckton Castle and the Castles of North West England. University of Salford CfAA Archaeological Monographs 2.
Palmer M, Nevell M & Sissons M, 2012, The CBA Practical Handbook of Industrial Archaeology. Council for British Archaeology, York.
Nevell M, 2011, ‘Living in the Industrial City: Housing Quality, Land Ownership and the Archaeological Evidence from Industrial Manchester, 1740-1850. International Journal for Historical Archaeology. 15, 594-606.
Nevell M & Wyke T, (eds), 2011, Bridgewater 250: the Archaeology of the World’s First Industrial Canal. University of Salford.
Nevell M, 2010a, Newton Hall and the Cruck Buildings of North West England. University of Salford CfAA Archaeological Monographs 1.
Nevell M, 2010b, ‘The Archaeology of the Rural Railway Warehouse in North-West England’, Industrial Archaeology Review XXXII.2.
Nevell M, 2010c, ‘Excavating the Cotton Mill. Towards a Research Framework for the Below-Ground Remains of the Textile Industry’, in Belford P, Palmer M & White R, Footprints of Industry. Papers from the 300th anniversary conference at Coalbrookdale, 3-7 June 2009. BAR British Series 523, 153-68.
Nevell M, 2009, ‘People Versus Machines or People and Machines? Current Research Directions within British Post-medieval and Industrial Archaeology’, in Palmer M & A Horning, (eds), Crossing Tracks Sharing Paths, Future Directions in the Archaeological Study of Post-1550 Britain and Ireland. Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology Monograph Series, 19-28.
Nevell M, 2008, Manchester: The Hidden History. History Press, Stroud.
Nevell M with Grimsditch B & Hradil, 2007, The Archaeology of Tameside Volume 7: Denton and the Archaeology of the Felt Hatting Industry. Tameside MBC and UMAU.
Nevell M & George D, (eds), 2007, A Guide to the Industrial Archaeology of Lancashire. The Association for Industrial Archaeology.
Brennand M, with Chitty G & Nevell M, 2007, The Archaeology of North West England. An Archaeological Research Framework for North west England: Volume 2. Research Agenda and Strategy. Archaeology North West Volume 9.
Brennand M, with Chitty G & Nevell M, 2006, The Archaeology of North West England. An Archaeological Research Framework for North west England: Volume 1. Resource Assessment. Archaeology North West Volume 8.
Nevell M, 2005a, ‘The Social Archaeology of Industrialisation: The Example of Manchester During the 17th and 18th Centuries’, in Casella E C & Symonds J, Industrial Archaeology. Future Directions. Springer New York, 177-204.
Nevell M, 2005b, ‘Industrialisation, Ownership, and the Manchester Methodology: The Role of the Contemporary Social Structure During Industrialisation, 1600-1900’, in Understanding the Workplace. A Research Framework for Industrial Archaeology in Britain, edited by David Gwyn and Marilyn Palmer. Association for Industrial Archaeology, 87-96.
Nevell M & Fielding A, (ed), 2005, Brine in Britannia. Recent Work on the Archaeology of the Salt Industry in Cheshire. Council for British Archaeology North West, The Lion Salt Works Trust and The University of Manchester Archaeology Unit
Nevell M & Hradil I, 2005, The Archaeology of Tameside Volume 4: St Lawrence’s Church, Denton, and the Archaeology of the Timber-framed Churches of North West England. Tameside MBC and UMAU.
Nevell M, 2004, ‘The Late Prehistoric and Romano-British Settlement of the Mersey Basin. A Study in Marginality’, Journal of the Chester Archaeological Society vol 78 for 2003, 1-22.
Nevell M, Roberts J & Champness B, 2004, ‘Excavating the Iconic: The Rediscovery of the Fairbottom Bobs Colliery Pumping Engine’, Industrial Archaeology Review XXVI.2, 83-94.
Nevell M & Walker J, 2004a, A History and Archaeology of Tameside Volume 8: The Archaeology of Twentieth Century Tameside. From Lordship to Local Authority. The Archaeology of the Later Industrial Period, 1870-2000. Michael Nevell & John Walker. Tameside MBC with UMAU. April 2004.
Nevell M & Walker J, 2004b, ‘Industrialzation in the Countyrside; The Roles of the Landlord, Freeholder and Tenant in the Manchester Area, 1600-1900’, in The Archaeology of Industrialisation edited by David Barker & David Cranstone, Association for Industrial Archaeology and the Post-Medieval Society, 53-78.
Nevell M, 2003a, ‘The Archaeology of the Canal Warehouse in North West England and the Social Archaeology of Industrialisation’, Industrial Archaeology Review vol 25, 43-58.
Nevell M, (ed), 2003b, From Farmer to Factory Owner. Models, Methodology and Industrialisation. The Archaeology of the Industrial Revolution in North West England. Archaeology North West Volume 16, Council for British Archaeology North West.
Nevell M & Roberts J, 2003, The Park Bridge Ironworks and the Archaeology of the Wrought Iron Industry in North West England. Volume 3 in the Archaeology of Tameside Series. Tameside MBC and UMAU.
Nevell M, 2002, St Werburgh’s Old Church. Warburton, Cheshire. The Churches Conservation Trust, London.
Nevell M & Walker J, 2002, Denton and Dukinfield Halls and the Archaeology of the Gentry and Yeoman House in North West England 1500 to 1700. Volume 2 in the Archaeology of Tameside Series. Tameside MBC and UMAU.
Nevell M & Walker J, 2001, Portland Basin and the archaeology of the canal warehouse. Volume 1 in the Archaeology of Tameside Series. Tameside MBC and UMAU.
McNeil R & Nevell M, 2000. A Guide to the Industrial Archaeology of Greater Manchester. The Association for Industrial Archaeology with GMAU & UMAU. 96pp
Nevell M & Walker J, 1999, A History and Archaeology of Tameside: Volume 7: Transition in Tameside. The Archaeology of the Industrial Revolution in Two North-West Lordships, 1642-1870. Tameside MBC and University of Manchester Archaeological Unit; 111pp, 52 figs, 5 tables.
Nevell, M, 1999, (ed), Living on the Edge of Empire: Models, Methodology & Marginality. Late-Prehistoric and Romano-British Rural Settlement in North-West England. CBA North West, the Field Archaeology Centre at the University of Manchester, and Chester Archaeology. Archaeology North West Volume 3, 103pp, 59 ills.
Nevell M, 1997, The Archaeology of Trafford. A Study of the Origins of Community in North West England Before 1900. Greater Manchester Archaeological Unit, University of Manchester Archaeological Unit and Trafford Metropolitan Borough, xii + 154pp, 65 figs, 60 plates.
Burke T, & Nevell M, 1996, A History and Archaeology of Tameside, Volume 5: Buildings of Tameside. Tameside Metropolitan Borough with the University of Manchester Archaeological Unit; xiv + 162pp, 39 figs, 159 plates.
Nevell M, 1993, A History and Archaeology of Tameside, Volume 3: Tameside 1700-1930, Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council & the Greater Manchester Archaeological Unit, 200pp + xii, 52 figs, 25 plates.
Nevell M, 1992, A History and Archaeology of Tameside, Volume 1: Tameside Before 1066, Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council & the Greater Manchester Archaeological Unit, 129pp + xii, 39 figs, 12 plates.
Nevell M, 1991, A History and Archaeology of Tameside, Volume 2: Tameside 1066-1700, Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council & the Greater Manchester Archaeological Unit, 166pp + x, 48 figs, 21 plates.