In addition to frequently presenting my research at academic seminars, I regularly give talks on a variety of topics at local history societies and in schools and colleges. I also lead workshops in schools and often speak to corporate bodies, for example London livery companies, on aspects of their institutional history.
I have worked with a range of different clients from a large public service broadcasting corporation to a small fringe theatre production company. I can advise on how best to ensure historical accuracy and authenticity, whether for documentary or dramatisation purposes.
I lead workshops in schools, both with teachers and pupils. Recently, I have discussed the role and importance of statues and memorials in the public realm with secondary school teachers, commemoration and remembrance with secondary school pupils, and Magna Carta and British values with primary school children.
SEMINAR – FEBRUARY 2019 LONDON
Archives for London(Afl) is the independent voice for archives in London. As an organisation, it brings together everyone interested in archives in or about London – users, practitioners and enthusiasts. Through the passion, experience and expertise of its members and guests, it helps people get more out of the documents, photographs and films that make up the capital’s rich archival heritage.
AfL members include family and local historians, professional and amateur researchers, academics and students, and anyone working with archives such as archivists, conservators, local history librarians and records managers. Its members represent a wide range of organisations including family and local history societies, academic bodies, professional research associations and publishers, as well as local government, business, charity and university archives, local studies and specialist libraries, and museums.
Afl also runs an exclusive programme of seminars, conferences and other events. On 27 February 2019, I was delighted to speak about Arnold fitz Thedmar as part of the Afl seminar series.
CONSULTANCY – MAY 2014 LEWES, SUSSEX
In May 2014, as part of the celebrations to mark the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Lewes, Montfort’s March, a site-specific promenade play, was produced and performed on the South Downs above the town of Lewes. This play was supported with funding by Arts Council England and produced in association with the Houses of Parliament and the History of Parliament project. As one of the historical consultants to the team writing, producing and performing the play, I suggested material for inclusion, helped with character development and ensured that, as much as possible, the play remained historically accurate.