I work with parish councils, parish meetings, community organisations, community managed libraries and neighbourhood planning groups. 

I write books, mainly about history, undertake research and heritage projects, and use photography to illustrate my work.

Aways interested in new projects, so if I can be of help, please contact me.

My current writing project is a an exploration of the imagery of bells in culture, literature and religion over the centuries, having been inspired by visits to the John Taylor Bell Foundry in Loughborough while researching for Professor Michael Wood's Great British Story BBC TV series.

At present, I am working for the Leicestershire and Rutland Association of Local Councils, responding to requests for advice and guidance from parish councils. It is challenging work, but also very pleasing when clerks and councillors offer positive feedback.

The King Power Stadium in Leicester is one of several exciting and interesting locations which is due to receive a heritage panel for which I am providing the text. I am delighted to have been engaged to research and provide the text and images for a further ten heritage panels for Leicester City Council.

Community Managed Libraries

Across the country, community managed libraries are sharing their experience and knowledge in order to provide a valuable and important service. 

In Leicestershire, for example, there are nearly thirty small libraries operating under community management.

As well as issuing books, these libraries organise author events, organise advice sessions on health, safety and personal finance, and work with schools to encourage reading during school holidays.

A book for Christmas?

We encounter many familiar High Street names every day.  Shopping is an essential part of our lives, and at Christmas most of us frequent the big stores more often than the rest of the year.

British Retail tells the stories of the men and women behind those familiar brands, from Henry Curry's bicycles to James WIlkinson's hardware shop, from William Morrison's market stall in Bradford to the grocery shop in London's Acton Hill run by Wallace Waite and Arthur Rose.

These were men and women of amazing conviction and extraordinary vision.  As the tills ring out for Christmas 2019, their stories deserve to be heard!

Published in hardback by Pen & Sword.

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