Major Imogen Corrigan, BA (Hons)

Medieval Historian

Imogen served for nearly twenty years in the British Army in the Women’s Royal Army Corps (WRAC) and the Adjutant General’s Corps retiring in the rank of Major in December 1994 having been posted in the UK, Germany and Hong Kong.

In 2004 she graduated from the University of Kent with 1st class honours in Anglo-Saxon and Medieval History and is currently studying part-time for an M.Litt at Birmingham University. Her research subject is: The Development and Function of the Foliate Head in English Medieval Churches (more commonly known as the Green Man).

Imogen’s knowledge covers a wide range of medieval and artistic history, starting with the baptism of Clovis in Rheims c.496 and going through to the Reformation of the 1530’s, geographically her areas go from Ireland to Istanbul and from the Barents Sea to the Canaries. Her interests include ideas, artistic techniques and motifs travelling whether in manuscripts or perhaps misericord carvings. She specialises in the symbolism revealed in medieval art, whether in churches or paintings, and uses art – usually church art – as the evidence in her research as much as possible. To this end, she has visited well over a thousand parish churches just in England!

She has lectured extensively on Anglo-Saxon and medieval subjects in Britain and Europe and is a NADFAS lecturer as well as being a speaker for the Kent Federation of History, U3A and the National Trust amongst other lecturing agencies.

On a different note, she believes that she may be one of only two third-generation women to serve in the British army. Her maternal grandmother served in the Women’s Legion in WW1 and the ATS in WW2 and her daughter, her mother, served in the ATS and then the WRAC.

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