Christiane is a librarian and historian, having studied history and library science in the United States in Washington DC, where she lived and worked for 15 years. After two years in Zimbabwe at a United Nations project at the Geological Survey, she came to London, where she had a temporary job with the Royal Society of Chemistry. She felt London was too big and took a job as librarian for a chemical company on Teesside. She left the company in 1998 to study at Durham University for a MA in Anglo-Saxon history, which she obtained in 2003. She lives in Sandsend, became honorary librarian and archivist of Whitby Literary and Philosophical Society in 2000.
In 2009, Christiane gained a top award from the British Association for Local History for the quality of her research and publication. Her article entitled A Hypothesis on the Origins of St Oswald’s Church and Lythe Parish, 650-1100, published in the Transactions of the Scarborough Archaeological and Historical Society, was highly praised by Dr Alan Crosby, editor of The Local Historian, not least because of her use of difficult primary sources.
She gave a lecture on her work at Lythe to the CBA Yorkshire Symposium in 2010.