The English Civil War (1639 – 1653) saw the participation of Scotland, England and Ireland embroiled in conflict and by August 1642, Civil War broke out. Not only the lives of those this country, religion, parliament and state that were affected by the Civil War but most importantly cities saw the full force of destruction of sacred religious places like cathedrals which paid the ultimate price…destruction. This is known as Iconoclasm (destruction of religious images) and little archaeological investigation into iconoclasm has been undertaken or discussed in any of these debates. This creates the opportunity for further investigation into the effect of iconoclasm in which Helen’s research investigates.
Helen Brooke is a recent graduate of Archaeology: Medieval to Post Medieval specialism from University of Durham. She studied at University of York in BA Historical Archaeology from 2015 – 2018, it was during her last year of undergraduate degree that she developed an interest in modern archaeology and historic buildings. During both degrees, Helen worked as a Tour Guide for a National Trust Property in Huntingdonshire which is a Tudor Watermill and still operates and makes flour today. She also works as a Museum Assistant for the Cromwell Museum based in Huntingdon in where she also works as a guide, answering any questions, the public may have regarding the museum and the collection.