Amanda McVitty, FRHistS


I am the Director of Arque Research, a specialist research consulting company that helps businesses, institutions and cultural organisations use history to connect with staff, customers, stakeholders and communities.

I have skills, knowledge and experience gained over a 30-year career spanning academic and applied research, journalism and marketing, and university teaching and postgraduate supervision. My expertise includes legal history, urban history, histories of gender and sexuality, and spatial and environmental histories.

I received my PhD in History in 2016 then taught medieval and early modern history at Massey University from 2017 to 2023. In 2018, I won a Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Fund grant, and worked as the lead researcher (Principal Investigator) and project manager on this grant from 2019 to 2022. While medieval history is my first love, I also conduct research in many areas of New Zealand history and have worked as a researcher on Waitangi Tribunal and Takutai Moana investigations.

In 2020, I published my first book with the highly regarded UK press Boydell & Brewer. This was based on extensive original research in three languages using medieval legal records, government reports and political narratives. I’ve published widely in international academic journals including Past & Present, Gender & History and the Journal of Medieval History. My work has also featured in popular media including BBC History Extra and the New Zealand Listener. I hold awards from global scholarly associations including the Canadian Society of Medievalists and ANZAMEMS, the peak body for medieval and early modern studies in Australasia.

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  • Compiling bibliographies
  • Editing
  • Exhibition preparation
  • Heritage trail preparation
  • Multimedia
  • Policy advice
  • Project management
  • Public speaking
  • Publicity
  • Research
  • Treaty research


  • Biography
  • Business
  • Cultural tourism
  • Digital History
  • Gender
  • Government administration
  • Politics
  • Religion
  • Urban and suburban