Joanna Mattingly grew up in Nottingham and Leeds and studied medieval and early modern history at London University.  From a PhD based on the Middle Thames valley, her interests have expanded to cover much Cornish local history including churches, church houses, and holy wells, Mount’s Bay and even the history of tea cosies.  She has worked in museums and loves communicating visually.  Living in Cornwall for over thirty years, she was recently made a bard of the Cornish Gorsedd with the name Gwythyades form eglos (researcher of church bench ends), and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.