Dr Hilary Orange

Senior Lecturer in Industrial Heritage, History

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792

Research Links

Available For Postgraduate Supervision


I am a senior lecturer in the History Department at Swansea University, where I have been since 2020. After undertaking a PhD at UCL Institute of Archaeology, I worked at the British Museum and in commercial archaeology before moving to Germany to join the Institute for Social Movements, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, as an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow.

I work in COAH’s heritage team, with an engagement and innovation remit, to deliver projects that focus on public heritage, research, and community regeneration in Swansea and further afield. In this, I am keen to build partnerships with key stakeholders, to strengthen COAH’s capacity to deliver heritage projects with real-world benefits, and to embed innovation and engagement within College activities. My background is in the museum and commercial sectors and I have experience of delivering heritage services, consultancy and working in collaboration with a wide range of public, private and third sector organisations.

My research areas are in industrial heritage and contemporary archaeology. I am particularly interested in how industrial heritage and historical knowledge are produced outside of academia through, for instance, grass-roots activism, memorialisation, photography and art, and community archives. I am also interested in the heritage and memorialisation of rock and pop music and I have recently undertaken a longitudinal study of rock shrines in London.

I have published on a diverse range of topics covering public archaeology, archaeology and education, heritage studies, contemporary archaeology, and development-led archaeology. In 2015, I published the edited volume Reanimating Industrial Spaces: Conducting Memory Work in Post-Industrial Spaces (Routledge, 2015) and recently co-edited The Routledge Handbook of Memory and Place (Routledge, 2019). Other recent writing includes various publications on popular music heritage in London and a chapter on the sharpening of ethno-Celtic nationalism in Cornwall during the post Second World War period (Constructing Industrial Pasts, ed. S. Berger, Berghahn, 2019).

Areas Of Expertise

  • Industrial heritage
  • Cornish identity and nationalism
  • Memory and memorialisation
  • Popular music heritage
  • Contemporary archaeology
  • Public archaeology

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

I am available to supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations on topics that fall within my areas of expertise.  


Orange, H. & Graves-Brown, P. (2019). Popular music shrines in London as memory and remembrance. In, S. De Nardi, H. Orange, E., S. High & E. Koskinen-Koivisto, (eds). Routledge Handbook of Landscape and Memory. Routledge, 345-356.

 Orange, H. (2019). Cornish mining heritage: images, representations and narratives. In S. Berger, (ed.) Constructing Industrial Pasts: Industrial Heritage Making in Britain, the West and Post-Socialist Countries. Berghahn Books, 107-127.

Orange, H. (2018). Artificial light, night-work and daycentrism in post medieval and contemporary archaeology. Post-Medieval Archaeology,  52(3), 409-414

Orange, H., (ed.). (2015). Reanimating Industrial Spaces: Conducting Memory-Work in Post-Industrial Societies. Walnut Creek, CA: Routledge.

Orange, H. and Laviolette, P. (2010). Disgruntled tourist in King Arthur’s Court: Archaeology and identity at Tintagel, Cornwall. Public Archaeology, 9(2), 85-107.

 Orange, H. (2008). ‘Industrial archaeology: Its place within the academic discipline, the public realm and the heritage industry.’ Industrial Archaeology Review. 30(2), 83-95.



Award Highlights

(PI) ‘Lighting the Ruhr. Industrial heritage and light art in the Ruhrgebiet’ Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung. Fellowship stipend. (Oct 2016).

 ‘Whitehawk Camp Community Archaeology Project.’ Project Manager. National Heritage Lottery Fund. (April 2014). £99,300.

 (PI) ‘Aperture: Land art and landscape archaeology.’ UCL Arts & Humanities funding. £10,000. (Dec 2012). AHRC Cultural Engagement Award, £10,000 (turned down Jan 2013). £10,000.

 (PI) ‘Kojo Moe: Factory photography and tourism in Japan.’ Japan Foundation. (Jan 2013). £500.

 (PI) ‘Public engagement in commercial archaeology.’ UCL Advances stipend. (Sep 2012).