Writing, editing and photography by Ralph Mills 

An introduction to Ralph Mills

Curriculum vitae


In January 2017 I was awarded a PhD by Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design (MIRIAD), the research arm of Manchester School of Art (Manchester Metropolitan University). I studied miniaturisation, as exemplified by small mass-produced everyday ornamental objects from the recent past.

My research follows on from my being awarded an MA in Historical Archaeology by the University of Leicester in 2010. My dissertation, The Historical Archaeology of Miniatures, examined a neglected area of the material culture of the recent past: miniaturisation and the "life histories" of mass- produced scaled-down objects. My research was subsequently awarded the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology Postgraduate Dissertation Prize.

My professional experience includes some 20 years in various forms of writing, editing and marketing and a roughly equal amount of time as a peripatetic field archaeologist, mostly working on rescue excavations, which included supervising and recording sites ranging from Hadrian's Wall to Dover's Roman fort. As my two careers were interwoven, my commercial career complemented my archaeological and academic interests by involving communication, creativity, IT skills, desktop publishing, photography, leadership, enthusiasm, versatility, energy and imagination.


Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design (MIRIAD), 2017

MA (Distinction), Historical Archaeology
  University of Leicester, 2010

BSc (Hons) ARCS, Zoology (2:2)
  Imperial College, University of London, 1970

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Employment History

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