Thomas J. T. Williams is a medieval historian, archaeologist and writer. His PhD project investigates the relationship between landscape and warfare in early medieval Britain and he is the former Project Curator of the 2014 exhibition Vikings: Life and Legend at the British Museum. .
He was educated at Marling Grammar School for Boys and University College London where he read History with History of Art (BA) and later gained a distinction in Cultural Heritage Studies at Masters level. His MA dissertation – ‘Affecting the Chemistry of the Mind: Fantasy, Medievalism and Cultural Heritage’ – was awarded the Institute of Archaeology’s Masters dissertation prize and nominated for two national awards.
Tom subsequently worked for Historic Royal Palaces and later as a volunteer in the British Museum’s department of coins and medals, working closely with Dr. Gareth Williams on the medieval mint at Wallingford and helping to catalogue the Vale of York hoard.
In September 2009 Tom returned to UCL’s Institute of Archaeology to begin his PhD, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). For two years he was Senior Editor of Papers from the Institute of Archaeology and organised a number of conferences and interdisciplinary working groups. In 2013 he interrupted his research to work for 18 months as a curator on the British Museum’s Vikings: Life and Legend exhibition, and in 2014 taught Viking Archaeology at Cambridge University’s Institute of Continuing Education. In July 2014, Tom resumed work on his PhD research, which he expects to complete in the first half of 2015. He is currently working on a number of other related projects.
Tom has wide ranging interests that encompass medieval history and archaeology; nineteenth folk revival movements in England, Germany, Russia and Scandinavia; medieval literature, art and architecture; folklore, fantasy and the modern representation of the medieval and ancient past. He has spoken about and written on a range of subjects relating to medieval history, archaeology and numismatics.