Hilary Orange is Senior Lecturer in Industrial Heritage at Swansea University, Wales and Chair of the Contemporary and Historical Archaeology in Theory Group (CHAT). Her research interests focus on industrial heritage and contemporary archaeology. Her most recent publications include a chapter on rock and pop shrines in London (with Paul Graves-Brown), published in Music and Heritage: New Perspectives on Place-making and Sonic Identity (2021), the co-edited volume The Routledge Handbook of Memory and Place (2019, with Sarah de Nardi, Steven High and Eerika Koskinen-Koivisto), an article on artificial light, daycentrism and contemporary archaeology in the journal Post-Medieval Archaeology (2018), and an essay in the Journal of Contemporary Archaeology (2017) on industrial tourism in Japan. From 2016-18, Hilary worked as an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow, based at the Institut für soziale Bewegungen, Ruhr Universität Bochum, Germany and she is currently publishing her research on light art, industry, and regional identity in the Ruhrgebiet. Concomitantly, Hilary is working on a Swansea University project Social Worlds of Steel examining the social impact of the steel industry on south Wales communities (with PI Louise Miskell).
For the SSHRC-funded “Deindustrialization and the Politics of our Time” Partnership Grant, Hilary is contributing to the thematic research initiatives on “The Politics of Industrial Heritage” and “Working-Class Expression.”