Professor Dame Rosemary Cramp

Professor Dame Rosemary Cramp

Dame Rosemary Cramp is one of Britain’s foremost experts on Anglo-Saxon history. Among other accolades, in 1971 she was made the first female professor in Durham University, having joined the archaeology department in 1955. Over 35 years, she played a key role in expanding the department that is now one of the leading archaeology departments in Europe, and carried out ground-breaking excavations at the twin monasteries of Jarrow and Monkwearmouth, home to the Venerable Bede.This project took 18 years to complete, with local volunteers and students from all over the world taking part.

More recently, she has also been a leading figure in the ongoing campaign to elevate Jarrow and Monkwearmouth to World Heritage status.

Since retiring, Dame Rosemary has maintained her involvement European archaeology and continues to lead the Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture, a long-running, highly-acclaimed project based in Durham. Her portrait, painted in 2010, hangs in the library of the Society of Antiquaries in London, Britain’s oldest, most distinguished archaeological society, commemorating her tenure as president from 2001 to 2004.