Research for BBC Television

In 2009-2010 I undertook research for TV historian Prof. Michael Wood's groundbreaking BBC series Story of England.

Story of England was a six-part BBC documentary series written and presented by Michael, and first broadcast from 22 September 2010. It tells the story of one place, the Leicestershire village of Kibworth, throughout the whole of English history from the Roman era to modern times.

The series focused on tracing history through ordinary people in an ordinary English village, with current residents of Kibworth sharing what they know of their ancestors and participating in tracing their history. A four-part version aired on PBS in the United States in 2012.

One of my roles was organising the 'Kibworth Dig' when families joined forces to dig over fifty test pits in their gardens and pubic open spaces.

Banner image credit: Andrew Carpenter

In 2011,  I worked on the sequel, Great British Story, which formed part of the BBC's Queen's Jubilee Year special programming.

The locations included England's last operational bell foundry in Loughborough, an iron foundry in Solihull, the Caribbean Carnival in Leeds and the fifteenth-century Old Hall in Gainsborough.

I followed in the footsteps of the people of Scrooby in Nottinghamshire who were later to join the 'Pilgrim Fathers', and listened to the amazing stories of the Barbudan community in Leicester who had made a very different journey across the seas.