Hire me

As a historian, I’m always interested to hear your story, whatever it might be about. But I can also offer my services as researcher, speaker or writer, so please do get in touch.

Research

I am available as a freelance historical researcher for a range of projects. I can offer historical research and writing for community history projects – I have experience working with HLF-funded projects in particular. I am particularly interested in researching homes and migration in the Black Country – at any point in history – and would be keen to hear from those considering projects on these subjects.

I am also available for other historical research: if you are looking someone to research the history of your family, house, or company; to conduct archival research; or to record oral histories; please get in touch for a quote. I am based in the West Midlands but can travel depending on your requirements.

Speaking

I am very happy to come to talk to your local history society or any other kind of community group. I can talk about a range of topics but in particular I enjoy talking about (and learning from you as well!) the Black Country:

  • Carribee Island – Wolverhampton’s poorest and most notorious neighbourhood
  • Immigration into the Black Country, from the earliest days through to today
  • The history of houses – why they’re there, why they were built
  • All aspects of the Black Country in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s

Writing

I am an experienced writer and have been writing for publications for many years (as well as spending about half my life writing 80,000 word thesis). I am happy to talk to you about writing anything from newspaper articles to company or community histories.