Hugh Willmott is a Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Sheffield. On completing his PhD at the University of Durham, he worked in commercial archaeology until taking up his current university post in 2004. Hugh is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeology. He is also a council member of the Royal Archaeological Institute and the Archaeological Advisor to the Diocese of Sheffield.
His research is primarily focused on the archaeology of monasticism. He has worked on the pre-Conquest ecclesiastical sites of Little Carlton and West Halton in Lincolnshire, as well as directing excavations at the later medieval monasteries of Monk Bretton Priory and Thornton Abbey. He also has a keen interest in craftworking and the early church, having published the evidence for 7th-century glassmaking from Glastonbury, and is currently working on the large assemblage of Saxon glass working material from Barking Abbey. In addition to this, he has recently completed a book on the Archaeology of the the Dissolution of the Monasteries, so his interest lie not just the origins of early monasticism in England, but also its eventual demise.