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 (text to Follow)


  • 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.

She is also the Chairperson of the Wilmslow Community Archaeology Group.




Roman Gask Project

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55 Broadwalk, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5PL

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

  • Dr. Antony Keen (ext 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


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

Michael Tunnicliffe studied Theology at Birmingham (BA and MA) and at Cambridge (M.Litt) where he did research on three verses in the Book of Isaiah. He is a member of the Society for Old Testament Studies and author of a Commenatry on the books of Chronicles Ezra and Nehemiah. He now teaches free lance for a  number of providers in the North West.


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

email: mtunni@sky.com

Retired members of MANCENT

  • Dr. Robert S. Callow


Bob Callow

Robert Callow graduated from London University with first class honours in Botany in 1971. He was awarded the Ph.D. degree for his thesis on the rare Somerset grass Koeleria vallesiana. He was a lecturer at Manchester University for almost thirty years (1974-2003) and a tutor with the Open University for nine (1992-2000). He appeared on the Channel 4 series “Six experiments that changed the world”. His research publications have been mainly concerned with chromosomal evolution in plants but he has taught plant ecology on numerous fieldcourses, both in the Mediterranean and in Britain . He has also led botanical holidays for the tour-company Cox and Kings. He is author, with Dr L.M. Cook, ofGenetic and Evolutionary Diversity (Stanley-Thornes, 1999). Since taking early retirement in 2003, he has provided training courses for Aberdeen County Council, Agri-Biotech Ltd and the Field Studies Council. He has also presented courses on an independent basis for those with enquiring minds, particularly in the fields of genetics and evolution.


60 Primrose Lane, Glossop, Derbyshire, SK13 6LW

email: vallesiana@aol.com

  • Dr. Gareth Curtis


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

Gareth Curtis read Music at Cambridge and was later awarded a Ph.D. by Manchester University for his research into medieval sacred music. He has spent most of his career in education, teaching for the Music Department and for Courses for the Public at Manchester University; he is also an Associate Lecturer at the Open University.
Despite his out-of-the-way specialist area, he claims catholic interests, and, over the years, has explored a wide range of musical topics in both weekly courses and study days.


25 Westbourne Park, Urmston, Manchester M41 0XR

phone: 0161- 7478687

email: curtismusic@btinternet.com


Adult Education in Manchester and Cheshire