Sam Bromage


Department of Archaeology

Research Student


I graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2015 with a BSc in Archaeology, I then worked for a short time as a Field Technician for Wessex Archaeology before returning to Sheffield to study an MA in Medieval Archaeology, graduating in 2016.

Following this, I was again hired by Wessex Archaeology and continued work as a Field Technician, frequently taking on supervisory and report writing responsibilities.

In August 2017 I took on a role solely focussing on writing and compiling grey literature reports.

After securing a competition studentship from the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities I again returned to the University of Sheffield in October of 2017 to begin my PhD research.

  • BSc (Hons) Archaeology: 1st Class (University of Sheffield 2015)
  • MA Medieval Archaeology: Distinction (University of Sheffield 2016)
Research interests

Thesis: Urban Development and Social change: The Dissolution in Yorkshire and its Impact on the Early Modern Townscape, 1536-1642.

This PhD will provide the first cross-disciplinary study of the mid 16th century Dissolution of the monasteries in England to focus specifically on its consequences for urban development in Yorkshire.

It will primarily utilise archaeological, historical and cartographic sources to establish the impact of four key effects, that of: compulsory rural land transfer on proto-industrial development, the release of large cohesive monastic precincts on urban growth, the removal of a major source of charitable, educational and spiritual provision on society and its development, and the loss of social cohesion on religious, economic and political stability.

Research group


  • Dr Hugh Willmott (University of Sheffield)
  • Dr Kate Giles (University of York)
Professional activities

I have been involved for number of years in the Thornton Abbey and Little Carlton research excavations under Dr Hugh Willmott, acting as a site supervisor and conducting various forms of geophysical and topographical survey.

In July of 2017 I was responsible, along with Dr Adam Daubney, for the excavation of a significant Roman coin hoard. The results of which are currently in the process of being written up for publication.

In September of 2017 I was contracted by Lincoln University under Dr Katherine Fennelly and Dr Charlie Newman (of English Heritage) to conduct a focussed resistivity survey on the kitchen garden of the Lyddington Bede House.

Awards and scholarships

  • University of Sheffield Postgraduate Support Scheme competition Studentship (2015-2016)
  • White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities AHRC Competition Studentship (2017 – Present)