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Consultancy services for community, neighbourhood, parish and town councils.  

Support services for charitable trusts and neighbourhood planning groups. 

Design and delivery of local history, research and heritage projects.

Celebrating towns and cities

A new book in the making

Amberley Publishing has launched a new series of books celebrating towns and cities in the United Kingdom.   The books will focus on achievements, success stories and heritage.

I have been asked to write about Leicester, including the industries providing employment and prosperity, and the people, past and present, who have contributed to society locally and worldwide.

96 pages; 100 black & white and colour images
£15.99 softcover
Provisional publication date - Spring 2021

The original artwork for Wolsey Knitwear of Leicester
The original artwork for Wolsey Knitwear of Leicester

Telling the story of a village cemetery

© Billesdon Parish Council
© Billesdon Parish Council

Working with The Art Studio, Nottingham and the Billesdon Local History Group,  I provided the research, images and basic design for a heritage panel, installed in the lych gate at Billesdon and Rolleston cemetery in Leicestershire. 

The history group had previously compiled a survey of the memorials which is available on line. 

Big city heritage

I recently completed research for a further ten heritage interpretation panels for the city of Leicester.   Over one hundred panels are already installed across the city and neighbouring historic villages covering key eras in the city's history, from Roman times to the twentieth century.

Link to the Story of Leicester website

© Leicester City Council
© Leicester City Council

Communities commemorating local people

Sir Harold Ridley
Sir Harold Ridley

In 2012, I was a member of the team that installed a commemorative plaque at 70 Leicester Road in Kibworth Harcourt in Leicestershire, the birthplace of pioneer eye surgeon Sir Harold Ridley. 

2020 is the 70th anniversary of the first successful intraocular surgery in the world, an operation carried out by Sir Harold at St Thomas' Hospital in London on 8 February 1950.   Since then, it is estimated that the sight of more 200 million people has been saved with the same technique.

Sir Harold was the son of a naval surgeon who later specialised in ophthalmology.   His breakthrough came during World War II when he treated a Spitfire pilot who had Perspex lodged in his eye   Ridley realised that, unlike most foreign bodies, the eye did not reject the material.

The unveiling ceremony
The unveiling ceremony

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