Dr Ann Stones

BA Leicester
MA Leicester
PhD Leicester


  • Action Researcher in association with Leicester Aging Together (LAT)’s Community Explorers Project.


I completed all of my degrees as a mature student and am keen to ensure continuing provision of higher education for adult learners in Leicester. In 2018, I helped to establish the Open Research Forum at Leicester Vaughan College.

I was awarded my BA (Hons) in Humanities in 2008, my MA in English Local History in 2013, and my PhD in English Local History in 2018, all from the University of Leicester.

My PhD research on the boundaries of medieval Charnwood Forest was sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Research Council in collaboration with Leicestershire Victoria County History Trust’s ‘Charnwood Roots Project’.

I have also worked as a palliative care nurse and as a learning support assistant for children with special needs.

Teaching Areas

Support and training of LAT community explorers.

Research Interests

I am interested in the relationship between people and place across all time periods in both rural and urban environments. I have researched changing sense of place on a post-war council estate in Leicester and contemporary understandings of space and place in medieval Charnwood Forest.


The Boundaries of Medieval Charnwood Forest through the Lens of the Longue Durée’, PhD thesis (University of Leicester, 2018).

Conference papers