Who we are

Who are the lecturers?

All the lecturers working for MANCENT have had many years of experience working in Adult Education. Apart from working for Manchester’s “Courses for the Public”, they have associations with University departments throughout the Country, the Open University, the Adult Education Branches of the University of Liverpool and the Wilmslow Guild.

Over the next few months we are going to add pictures and short CVs for most of our lecturers. At the moment here is a short list of their names, subjects and contact addresses in case of queries.

  • Rosemary Broadbent


Rosemary Broadbent read Music at Oxford University, where she also studied the organ with David Lumsden and John Webster. She has spent much of her career in music education, as Head of Music in a girls’ independent school, and later as an Academic Tutor at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. In that rôle she taught analysis, composition, theory and aural perception for more than twenty years. 

She is a composer with a substantial catalogue of music written for schools and theatre groups, and also carols, anthems, and music for contemplative retreats. For many years she was a Principal Examiner for Composition in A Level Music. She founded and conducted the Convivium choir in Manchester.

She is active as a practical examiner for ABRSM, and has travelled widely in the UK and Republic of Ireland in this connection. 

Rosemary has given talks on music to local interest groups for many years and is available for face-to-face or Zoom lectures on topics from the Renaissance to the present day. There is more information on her website: www.rosemarybroadbent.co.uk



  • Dr. Birgitta Hoffmann, FSA

Dr. Hoffmann is available for outside speaking appointments and invitations to lecture and can be contacted via the details below. 

Dr. Birgitta Hoffmann is Co-Director of the Roman Gask Project. She teaches or taught Archaeology, Ancient History and Latin at UCD Dublin, the Universities of Liverpool and Manchester, Queen’s College Canada and Virginia Military Institute Virginia. She also lectures for a number of adult education organisations in addition to freelance research and writing. She studied Roman Archaeology, Early Medieval Archaeology and Ancient History at Freiburg University in Freiburg/Germany. She has a MA in Roman Archaeology from Durham University and a PhD in Roman Archaeology (with sub-sits in Ancient History and Iron Age and Medieval Archaeology) from Freiburg University . Birgitta Hoffmann is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and has published widely, especially on trade and long-distance contact across borders, military archaeology for the Roman to early modern periods, as well as Roman history and archaeology.




Roman Gask Project

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55 Broadwalk, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5PL

email: latinteacher@btinternet.com phone: 07747 533 070

  • Dr. Tony Keen

Classical Reception, Film and Media Studies, Ancient Mythology, Walking tours in London and the South of England

Tony Keen has more than thirty years’ teaching experience, including for the University of Manchester’s Extra-Mural Studies Department, and the Open University. He is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Notre Dame’s London Global Gateway, where he teaches ‘Roman Britain’ and ‘Classical Mythology and London’, as well as courses on cinema. He took a PhD in Ancient History from the University of Manchester in 1992. Keen is a world-leading researcher on the reception of Greek and Roman literature and culture in modern science fiction and fantasy, and has also written widely on Classical reception, science fiction, and cinema. He is currently working on a book on depictions of Roman Britain on screen. In his spare time, he writes about Doctor Who, is a keen railway modeller, and contributes to two websites about comics and graphic novels.

Website: https://tonykeen.blogspot.com/


  • Dr. Creina Mansfield (text to follow)



  • Dr. Gina Muskett


Gina Muskett is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of History at the University of Liverpool and Honorary Research Associate (Classical Antiquities) at National Museums Liverpool. She has published numerous books and articles on Aegean and Classical art and archaeology and museum collections, as well as being a contributor to several popular books on archaeology. Following the award of her doctorate in Mycenaean art at the University of Liverpool, Gina continued at the university, lecturing in Greek art and archaeology, including PhD supervision, and was Academic Organiser for the University’s Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology Continuing Education Programme. She subsequently moved to National Museums Liverpool as Curator of Classical Antiquities, which fostered one of her current research interests, the formation of museum collections of antiquities originally collected during the 18th century ‘Grand Tour’, alongside her continuing research in the art and archaeology of the classical world.

  • Dr. Mike Nevell, FSA



Mike Nevell is an extramural tutor with more than 20 years experience, having taught for the WEA, the Wilmslow Guild and the University of Manchester. He is currently Head of Archaeology at the University of Salford and Chairman of CBA North West. Mike’s research and teaching interests include Industrial archaeology and the archaeology of buildings, with many publications on both subjects.

Mike Nevell, University of Salford, Centre for Applied Archaeology, Joule House, Salford, M5 4NW
email: m.d.nevell@salford.ac.uk Tel: 0161 – 2953825

  • Dr. Michael Tunnicliffe

Theology & Biblical Studies, World Archaeology, History

Michael Tunnicliffe was one of the founder members of Mancent
He also teaches for a number of other providers locally and nationally
He has degrees in Theology and Biblical Studies from Birmingham (BA and MA) and Cambridge Universities (MLitt)
Also a certificate in Judaism and Jewish Christian Relations from Birmingham and  a certificate in Egyptology from Manchester
The subject areas are mainly in Biblical texts and in a variety of historical  courses from ancient to more recent history
He is the author of a Commentary on the books of Chronicles Ezra and Nehemiah
He teaches both face-to-face and online courses by Zoom


5 St.George’s Way, Kingsmead, Northwich, CW9 8XG

email: mtunni@sky.com

  • Dr. Barry Wood (text to follow)