George Demidowicz retired in 2011 as head of the Conservation and Archaeology Team at Coventry City Council where he worked for over twenty years. This coincided with his appointment as an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of History at the University of Birmingham. He has also started working as a private consultant. George’s main research field is the historic environment, employing a multi-disciplinary approach combining documentary history with field work and archaeological excavation. His particular interests are building history, rural landscape history, garden history, urban topography and industrial archaeology. He has published extensively in these fields, concentrating his activities in the West Midlands in an area extending from Sandwell to Coventry.
One of George’s principal projects has been the study of the Soho Manufactory, Mint and Foundry working with Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. In 1996 the opening of Soho House as a museum provided the opportunity to invite Channel 4’s Time Team to undertake their first industrial archaeological excavation. Related to this work has been a detailed documentary and field study of Birmingham’s water mills. George is also a keen medievalist and was fortunate to discover two hitherto unknown rentals of Birmingham, which have transformed our knowledge of the mediaeval borough. The Museum’s new exhibition features a model of medieval Birmingham based upon this research. He has recently published a new history of Kings Norton with Stephen Price.
George is a member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation and Coventry Cathedral’s Fabric Advisory Committee. He has recently been elected as a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries,