Our Team

Based at our offices overlooking the Thames in West London, Current Publishing's dedicated team boasts a wide range of academic, professional and creative backgrounds. What unites them is an expertise in their field and a passion for bringing the past vividly to life. On a practical basis, this means that the person who answers the phone to your query is likely to have a degree in history or archaeology, allowing us to engage with our highly loyal readers in an informed way, as well as on a personal basis. We are proud that our magazines are produced entirely in-house, with editors and designers; subscriptions, sales and customer-service staff, all working together each day to bring you the finest, most accessible writing and the latest thinking, and to produce the very best magazines possible.

Directors

Rob Selkirk

Managing Director

Libby Selkirk

Commercial Director

Business

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Publisher

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After studying History of Art and Italian at UCL, Maria joined the award-winning Independent Magazine, where she was first a picture editor and then visual arts editor. She has also worked with many of Britain's finest writers and photographers at the Telegraph, the Sunday Telegraph and the Observer newspapers, and for magazine publishers including Conde Nast, EMAP and the National Magazine Company. After eight years at Current Publishing, Maria still loves collaborating with the team to produce high-quality print magazines, and keeps her eye in by writing a photo spread feature each month.

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Business Manager

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Erin first got a taste for business while working part-time for fashion designer Leona Edmiston, alongside completing a classical trumpet degree at The Sydney Conservatorium of Music. In 2007, she moved into the world of fabulous frocks (and sales spreadsheets) full-time and, in 2008, after opening and managing boutiques for LE in Australia, Erin oversaw a UK expansion. There, she forged relationships with brand partners and celebrities, recruited new wholesale stockists, and built a loyal customer list.

Erin moved to Current Publishing in 2011, and relished the chance to put her business skills to use in the heritage sector. She enjoys being a part of CP's friendly yet high-achieving team, and her all-time favourite business question is, 'How can we make this better?'

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Marketing and Digital Manager

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After studying Archaeology at the University of Bristol, Emma went on to complete an MSc in Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology at the Cranfield Forensic Institute, where she specialised in human osteology and isotope analysis.

Emma first joined Current Publishing in 2011 to research and edit the annual Current Archaeology Digs Guide. She took up the marketing position later that year, utilising a natural head for numbers, a previous background in sales, and a qualification in graphic design. She works across all three magazines, overseeing and implementing the marketing and digital output for each title.

Editorial

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Editor-in-Chief

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Andrew Selkirk founded Current Archaeology in 1967 with his wife Wendy, and is now Editor-in-Chief.

He has always been interested in archaeology: he did his first dig at school at the age of 13, subsequently went up to Oxford, where he read classics and became President of the Oxford University Archaeological Society. Believing that you cannot understand the past unless you first understand the present, he then became a Chartered Accountant, but while serving articles, he edited the student magazine Contra. This gave him a taste for editing magazine, so having qualified, he decided to abandon accountancy and launch a new archaeology magazine, called Current Archaeology. This was a success from the start, and has covered virtually all aspects of British archaeology.

Andrew Selkirk is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, and was Vice-President of the Royal Archaeological Institute, and has served on the councils of the Prehistoric Society, and the Roman Society. He has a particular interest in amateur archaeology, and is Chairman of the Council for Independent Archaeology which was established to promote archaeology carried out independently of government.

He is currently writing a book, Barbarism and Civilisation, extracts of which can be read on the website www.civilization.org.uk

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Editor, Current World Archaeology

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Matt studied archaeology at Nottingham University, and then at Christ Church, Oxford. He is a visiting fellow at Newcastle University, has co-edited three volumes on Roman frontiers, and is particularly interested in Roman fortlets. He has excavated in Bulgaria, Sicily, Italy, and Britain, but is most at home on Hadrian's Wall.

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Editor, Current Archaeology

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Carly studied Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic at St John's College, Cambridge, before becoming a journalist at Masons News Service, where she helped to cover eight counties in the east of England for the national papers. Quickly realising that she preferred covering history and archaeology stories above all others, she then joined Time Team as a researcher, later working for the Horrible Histories TV series; providing background information for educational history videos; helping with the development of an ancient Egyptian-themed computer game; and assisting with research for the recently-published The Bones of a King: Richard III Rediscovered.

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Editor, Military History Monthly

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Neil is an archaeologist and historian who works as a lecturer, writer, editor, and occasional broadcaster. He is co-director of the Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project in Norfolk and of the Great Arab Revolt Project in Jordan. Educated at King's College, Cambridge, and the Institute of Archaeology, UCL, he is currently a Research Fellow at the University of Bristol. The author of countless magazine articles and numerous academic papers, his books include: Apocalypse: the great Jewish revolt against Rome, AD 66-73; Rome: empire of the eagles; and A Visitor's Guide to the Ancient Olympics. His latest book, Lawrence of Arabia's War, was published by Yale University Press in spring 2015. As well as being the Editor of Military History Monthly, he has a long association with both Current Archaeology and Current World Archaeology.

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Editorial Assistant,
Current World Archaeology

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Lucia studied Spanish and Classics at King's College London. She then decided to devote more of her time to the ancient world and read for an MA in Classics at UCL. She has worked as a researcher on a number of history-related book, radio, and film projects and as a journalist, writing on archaeological discoveries, exhibitions, and travel.

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Deputy Editor,
Current Archaeology

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Kathryn received her DPhil in Archaeology from the University of Oxford in 2017, where she specialised in human osteology. For her doctoral thesis she focused on identifying the prevalence and patterns of violence-related trauma in medieval London and has continued to publish on the topic. She has also worked as a research associate at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, working to record and analyse their extensive human remains collections, most of which originated from the medical and anatomical museum at Christ Church College, Oxford. Museum research and curation continues to remain a passion for her.

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Assistant Editor,
Military History Monthly

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Seema read History at Trinity College, Cambridge, where she developed a keen interest in Middle Eastern and imperial history. She continued her studies at Cambridge with an MPhil in World History, writing a thesis on liberalism in 19th century Japan and the Ottoman Empire. After a couple of stints working as a political researcher, she joined MHM as Assistant Editor.

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