Malcolm Hislop
Malcolm Hislop BA, PhD, MIfA

Malcolm Hislop took part in his first archaeological excavation as a schoolboy over 40 years ago, and went on to work on numerous research and rescue excavations as a volunteer, student and professional archaeologist.

His first degree is in History and Archaeology, and his doctoral thesis was based around the career of the Durham master mason, John Lewyn, one of the most prolific castle builders of the later fourteenth century; the research involved documentary and structural analysis of major architectural works in the north of England and southern Scotland.

From early in his archaeological career he specialised in the archaeology of buildings. He worked on the Listed Building Resurvey of England in the 1980s, mainly in Staffordshire and other Midland counties, and he now has 30 years experience of investigating historic buildings. His special interest is in medieval buildings, and the process of their design and construction.

He was elected a full Member of the Institute of Field Archaeologists (now the Institute for Archaeologists), the main regulatory body for the profession, in 1987.

Prior to setting up his own business he was a research fellow with Birmingham Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity, University of Birmingham, specialising in built heritage and conservation.

Sole or joint author of 5 books, 25 articles and over 100 commercial reports, and manager of over 200 heritage projects.

Compiler of and principal contributor to the conservation management plan for the grade I listed Curzon Street Railway Station building, Birmingham, and joint author of the historic environment assessment of the ground-breaking Boulton and Watt steam engine manufactory at Soho Foundry, Smethwick, West Midlands.

Director of the archaeological programme (building recording, excavation and watching brief) for the King’s Norton Restoration project, winner of BBC One’s Restoration television programme competition in 2005. This project focused on two ancient timber-framed buildings in King’s Norton, Birmingham.

Director of archaeological investigations (excavation, building recording, and topographical and geophysical survey) at Tutbury Castle, Staffordshire, a research programme carried out jointly between the University of Birmingham and the British Museum.

Selected Publications
  • M. Hislop, Medieval Masons, Shire Archaeology No. 78 (2000). Princes Risborough: Shire Publications (reviewed by D. J. Turner in Vernacular Architecture 31 (2000), 129-30). Revised edn 2009, Oxford: Shire Publications.
  • M. Hislop, ‘Rock House Farm, Great Haywood: A Fifteenth-Century Staffordshire Semi?’ Vernacular Architecture 34 (2003).
  • M. Hislop, John Lewyn of Durham: A Medieval Mason in Practice, BAR British Series 438 (2007), Oxford: Hedges (reviewed by Anthony Emery in Medieval Archaeology 52 (2007), 446–7).
  • L. Driver, M. Hislop, S. Litherland and E. Ramsey, ‘The North Service Range, Aston Hall, Birmingham: Excavation and Recording 2004’, Post-Medieval Archaeology 41:1 (2008), 8-25.
  • M. Hislop, S. Kelleher and S. Wade Martins, ‘‘Vernacular’ or ‘Polite’? George Tollet’s Farm Buildings at Old Hall Farm, Betley, Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire’, Vernacular Architecture 39 (2008), 51-64.
  • M. Hislop, ‘A Missing Link: A Reappraisal of the Date, Architectural Context and Significance of the Great Tower of Dudley Castle’, Antiquaries Journal 90 (2010), 211-33.
  • M. Hislop, G. Demidowicz and S. Price, ‘Northeton .. a praty uplandyshe towne..’: Building Recording, Excavation and Documentary Research in King’s Norton, Birmingham, 2005-2007, Birmingham Archaeology Monograph Series 7, BAR British Series 529 (2011), Oxford: Archaeopress.
  • M. Hislop, M. Kincey and G. Williams, Tutbury: 'A Castle Firmly Built': Archaeological and Historical Investigations at Tutbury Castle, Staffordshire, Birmingham Archaeology Monograph Series 11, BAR British Series 546 (2011)
  • M. Hislop, How to Build a Cathedral, London: Bloomsbury (2012)
  • Malcolm Hislop, How to Read Castles, London: Bloomsbury (2013)
  • Malcolm Hislop, Castle Builders: Approaches to Castle Design and Construction in the Middle Ages, Barnsley: Pen and Sword (2016)