Rachael Kiddey is a postdoctoral researcher at the Pitt-Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, where she is currently working on a project called ‘Architectures of Displacement’. The project is a partnership with the Refugee Studies Centre and aims to explore the lived experience of temporary accommodation for refugees in the Middle East and Europe. See https://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/research/architectures-of-displacement
Rachael obtained her first degree in History of Art & Italian from Oxford Brookes University, before working as a documentary television researcher for several years (BBC TV & Channel 4). In 2003/4, whilst still undertaking freelance media work, Rachael gained a Masters in Historical Archaeology of the Modern World at the University of Bristol. Rachael’s MA dissertation used the Bristol pirate walk as a case study for understanding the relationship between archaeology and heritage. Following her Masters, Rachael became a documentary producer at BBC Radio 4, where she specialised in feature documentaries concerning social affairs, archaeology, anthropology and political history. In 2014, Rachael successfully passed her PhD within four years and without corrections: the title of her thesis was ‘Homeless Heritage: collaborative social archaeology as therapeutic practice’. Fieldwork involved developing participatory archaeological methodologies for working with contemporary homeless people on their heritage (read her thesis here http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/6262/). Rachael has recently completed a monograph called ‘Homeless Heritage’ for Oxford University Press (in press). She is a member of the Society for Historical Archaeology.