I graduated from Canterbury Christ Church University with a degree in History. I liked it so much that I went back again to complete a teacher training certificate in the same subject.
I am fascinated by all things historical, but especially Social History. As a child I loved visiting my grandparents’ house which was a treasure trove for family history and stories. From playing in the old Anderson shelter, to pulling ancient tins out of the cupboards, the house was so exciting! I listened fascinated to stories of taking tea with Haile Selassie in the front room, listening to heated discussions between my father and Hewlett Johnson, the Red Dean of Canterbury Cathedral, and washing and bandaging the feet of the Jarrow marchers.
How could I not become a historian? I also love the Medieval and Early Modern Periods, but my real passion is the First and Second World Wars. I have worked on television documentaries and researched the battlefields of Europe for both my own work and that of other authors.
I collect books on Military and Social History, and now I am the proud owner of two libraries in my Somme Farmhouse where I spend most of my time. My cat Maisy lives with me in a museum of First World War History!
When I’m not tutoring or messing around in the museum, I can be found back at Canterbury Christ Church University who still can’t get rid of me! I am a part time Senior Lecturer in History Education. I also love walking the battlefields, art galleries, drawing, reading, and everyone else’s museums!