Dr Beth Williamson, Principal Investigator, University of Bristol
Beth Williamson studied History at Merton College, Oxford, followed by an MA and PhD in History of Art at the Courtauld Institute. Before joining the University of Bristol in 1998 she taught at several institutions , including the Courtauld Institute, UCL and the University of East Anglia. Her published articles include studies of Italian and Netherlandish painting, and she has published books on images of the Virgin Mary, on Christian Art and on Bristol Cathedral. A recent article, ‘Sensory Experience in Medieval Devotion: Sound and Vision, Invisibility and Silence’, explored issues around interiority, materiality and immateriality of images, visibility and invisibility and audible and inaudible music. She is currently working towards a new book on the senses and religious devotion. Beth regularly gives talks and lectures on medieval art and architecture and sits on the Fabric Committee for Bristol Cathedral.
Nerissa Taysom, Project Researcher, University of Bristol
Nerissa Taysom studied History of Art at the University of Bristol and the Courtauld Institute, where she specialised in medieval architecture. She published her thesis on Hexham Abbey in 2013. She spent five years in Research, Publications and Engagement for the artist and writer Edmund de Waal and was the principal researcher for his book, The White Road. She holds a DipABRSM in classical flute and sings semi-professionally with numerous groups. She has curated sound projects for several public collections, including the Royal Academy, Turner Contemporary, Fitzwilliam Museum and the Courtauld Gallery. Nerissa is currently working on a book about sound and space in the 15th century writings of Margery Kempe.
Naomi Miller, Director of Development, Bristol Cathedral
Naomi Miller read History and Film Studies as an undergraduate and has an MA in Museology from the University of East Anglia. Following a year-long marketing internship, she held positions in the Development Offices at both the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich. She founded and coordinated the Art Fundraisers’ Network (East), has sat on the committee of the Norfolk Young Professionals Group and is a member of the Fundraising Networking Group and Museums Association. She joined Bristol Cathedral in 2014 as Director of Development and now manages all communications and PR for the cathedral, as well as the creative direction for public programming. She is a member of the Institute of Fundraising and the South-West Development Director’s Forum. Naomi represents Bristol Cathedral at the Bristol and Bath Cultural Development Partnership and Destination Bristol, and also coordinates the Bristol Great War Network and the Sacred Bristol Forum.