The Cambium layer is the most important part of a tree in that it is the layer that produces all new growth. I like to think of my research as emerging from such a creative frontier in that it examines history in the making and transformation – for example from a record to a historical document, or from a mute object to something with a biographical narrative

Dr Angie Sutton-Vane

Portrait of Angela Sutton-Vane

Things that are important to me:

  • life-long learning
  • interdisciplinarity
  • applicable and accessible research
  • using things to tell stories
  • the materiality of the archive
  • history in the making
  • accessibility and ethics of the archive
  • preserving family / organisational histories and photographs

Research themes:

  • oral histories
  • material culture
  • local, social and public history
  • archives and museology
  • police historiographies
  • criminal justice history
  • contemporary history

Academic qualifications:

  • BSc (Hons) first class degree in object conservation
  • MRes with distinction in material culture and Islamic studies
  • PhD in History

Academic awards and heritage funding:

  • AHRC research preparation award
  • AHRC doctoral research award
  • Heritage Lottery Fund grant
  • Big Lottery Fund grant
  • Arts Council England grant
  • Police History Society grant


  • the National Portrait Gallery: Programmer
  • the National Maritime Museum: Inventory officer
  • the Horniman Museum: Conservation intern
  • the National Galleries of Scotland: Registrar’s assistant
  • Heriot-Watt University: Archive assistant
  • the University of Liverpool: Project coordinator
  • the Open University: Consultant and visiting fellow
  • Devon & Cornwall Police Museum & Archive: Curator
  • the Thackray Medical Museum: Project consultant
  • the Towner Art Gallery and Museum: Project consultant

Angie is a member of:

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The header image is in the public domain. It shows the vascular cambium in a pine; available at the Berkshire Community College Bioscience Image Library at: