I am a part-time tutor for the University of Oxford Department of Continuing Education and for the Workers’ Educational Association. My teaching is based on my own research in local and social history.

I took a degree in Historical Studies at the University of Warwick, before gaining an M.A. and a Ph.D. at the Centre for English Local History at the University of Leicester.  My doctoral thesis was on Warwickshire charities. While studying at Leicester I worked part-time at Warwick Castle as a guide. I was Curator of 78 Derngate, the Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed house in Northampton from 2002-2005.  I then worked for the Victoria County History Trust in Herefordshire for over ten years. During this time, I wrote a history of the market town of Ledbury and contributed to a number of parish histories.