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  • James Farley

    A Chester based photographer but available across the United Kingdom and beyond, covering a wide range of genres, equally happy shooting a couple’s very special wedding day as I am jumping on a plane and heading off to foreign destinations to photograph the local landmarks.
  • Andrew Smith

    Dr Andrew W M Smith is a teaching fellow in early modern history at UCL. He is currently working on a book about a group labelled the 'Wine Terrorists' by Southern French police.
  • Claire Warrior

    Claire Warrior is currently Senior Exhibitions Interpretation Curator at Royal Museums Greenwich. She is also an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral student at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge. Her work there examines the relationship between family history, national history and Polar exploration in the context of the museum.
  • Darren Baker

    Darren Baker was born in San Diego, California, but grew up near Charleston, South Carolina. He went into the Navy after high school, serving aboard a submarine during the 1980s. He left to attend the University of Connecticut, where he took his degree in modern and classical languages. A backpacking tour behind the former Iron Curtain led him to where he lives today, in the northeast corner of the Czech Republic, with his wife and two children. He is making plans to write a biography of Henry III because, like Simon, he believes he too deserves a new hearing from a modern audience.
  • David Brady

    David Brady studied architecture and art history at Cambridge and has been working for many years as a historian of art, architecture and design. He was Deputy Curator of the Iconographic Collection at the Wellcome Institute where he was responsible for several exhibitions and semi-permanent displays. He was later appointed Associate Professor at New York University in London and then Associate Professor of Fine and Applied art at Regents College. He has also taught courses at Birkbeck College, City University, Queen Mary, University of London, Samford University and Marymount College as well as the Victoria & Albert Museum. He has lectured nationally and internationally on 19th and 20th century art, architecture, design and related matters. A trustee of the Twentieth Century Society for over a decade, he has published extensively on subjects related to 20th century buildings, architects, art and design. He has also contributed reviews and other articles to Building Design, Crafts Magazine, The Independent and Museums Journal, among many other publications.
  • Derek Wilson

    Derek Wilson is a well-established popular historian with over 70 books and numerous articles, TV and radio programmes to his credit. He specialises in the personalities, ideas and conflicts of the Reformation. You can find his blog here: derekalanwilson.blogspot.co.uk
  • Michael Collins

    Dr Michael Collins teaches imperial history at UCL.
  • Elizabeth Summerfield

    After teaching in Further and Higher Education for ten years, Elizabeth Summerfield moved from the Midlands to a remote farm on the side of a Welsh mountain. She now spends her days writing and researching in a Welsh longhouse which used to belong to her grandparents, they themselves moved from the Midlands thirty years ago from a place which unbeknown to them had great historical significance: they used to own the land on which the Staffordshire Hoard was found.
  • Felicity Henderson

    Felicity Henderson is Lecturer in Archives and Material Culture at the University of Exeter. Her research focuses on the social context of the history of science in 17th century England, and she is currently preparing a new edition of Robert Hooke’s Diary. This is a revised version of a post previously published on the Royal Society’s Repository blog and on the author’s blog about Hooke’s life and work in Restoration London, hookeslondon.com.
  • Gill Hoffs

    Gill Hoffs is a writer and editor. She is the author of The Sinking of RMS Tayleur and Wild. She lives in Warrington and tweets here @GillHoffs.
  • James Aitcheson

    James Aitcheson’s latest novel, Knights of the Hawk, is out now. To find out more, and for updates about his work, visit his website at www.jamesaitcheson.com or follow him on Twitter (@JamesAitcheson).
  • James Taylor

    James Taylor is a writer and television producer. He is the co-author of the bestselling books Spitfire Ace and Bomber Crew and has worked on historical documentaries including The Wildest Dream, Munich: Mossad’s Revenge, Secrets of Egypt and Carthage: The Roman Empire. Through his company Altogether Media (www.altogethermedia.co.uk), he brings together co-production and distribution partners for factual television and media projects.
  • Jarret Ruminski

    Jarret Ruminski is an independent scholar who holds a PhD in American history from the University of Calgary. He specializes in the 19th century U.S. with emphasis on the Civil War and the American South. You can read more of his writing at his blog, That Devil History, where he discusses the intersection of American history and contemporary politics and popular culture. Connect with him on Twitter@TheDevilHistory
  • Jem Duducu

    Jem Duducu is an historian and the founder of the hugely popular @HistoryGems . He is soon to publish his next history book.
  • Jessica Cale

    Jessica Cale is a journalist and author. Her first historical novel, Tyburn, is out now. www.authorjessicacale.com
  • Jessica Douthwaite

    PhD candidate, specialising in Cold War oral history. She has an AHRC-funded CDP studentship between the Imperial War Museum & Uni of Strathclyde.
  • Joanne Paul

    Dr. Joanne Paul is a Lecturer in Early Modern History at University of Sussex. She has published widely on Renaissance history and has a book on Thomas More out with Polity. She can be found on Twitter @Joanne_Paul_
  • John Burns

    John Burns is an English and History graduate from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He is currently completing a diploma in Arts Administration and has written for Artlink Magazine on Yoko Ono. He has recently launched a new blog JOHNBURNSNOW found at www.johnburnsnow.wordpress.com. If you would like to offer him advice, money or a job johnburns887@gmail.com will also work.
  • John Hawkins

    Graduating from St. Edmund Hall, Oxford in 1973 with a degree in physics, he spent all of his working life in finance gaining along the way an MBA from Bradford in 1978 and an MSc in Risk Management from City in 2000. His serious interest in history commenced in 2009, when he began to research the origins of a Victorian charity founded by a wealthy brewer, of which he had been a trustee for some years. This culminated in the award of a PhD from Kingston in 2012 for his thesis ‘Henry Gardner’s Trust for the Blind: formation, development and decline (1879-1945)’. This research also sparked his interest in Fred Burnaby, who in 1870, when still a captain, had travelled to St. Petersburg with Henry Gardner’s daughter and son-in-law. Other historical research interests include: military actions of the North-West Frontier and Boer War, in both of which his maternal grandfather served with the Gordon Highlanders; the maverick MP for Windsor between 1876 and 1890, Robert Richardson-Gardner; the leading British anthroposophist, Harry Collison; and the art and architectural history of Oxford between 1566 and 1750.
  • Jonathan Foyle

    Dr Jonathan Foyle is an architectural historian and broadcaster.
  • Karl Kinsella

    Karl Kinsella is a DPhil Candidate at Keble College, Oxford. His research examines representations of architecture in twelfth-century monastic manuscripts, as well as textual descriptions of buildings. He also works for the Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature. You can find his blog on the subject of medieval architecture at soffits.wordpress.com.
  • Kate Wiles

    Kate Wiles recently finished a PhD on Anglo-Saxon scribes and manuscripts and is now researching and writing, and blogging in a personal capacity at http://solongasitswords.wordpress.com/. She is the historical language consultant for The History Channel's Vikings series.
  • Kathryn Johnson

    Kathryn Johnson is a specialist factual television producer and director – her productions have included everything from grisly goings on in Tudor England, 19th century colonial outposts and World War Two cover ups.
  • Kathryn Warner

    Kathryn Warner grew up in the Lake District, and holds a BA and an MA with Distinction in medieval history and literature from the University of Manchester. Her article ‘The Adherents of Edmund of Woodstock, Earl of Kent, in March 1330’ was published in the English Historical Review in 2011. She has run a website about Edward II since 2005: http://edwardthesecond.blogspot.com/. Her book 'Edward II: The Unconventional King' is published by Amberley Publishing and released on 28 October 2014.
  • Katie Bridger

    Katie Bridger is a Leicestershire historian. She was awarded her MA in January 2014 and will be starting a PhD at the University of Leicester's Centre for English Local History later this year. She would welcome the opportunity to give talks or to produce written articles on any subject relating to her work on Leicestershire from 1450 to 1550 and potentially the Midland counties, time permitting. Katie can be contacted either via email at katielbridger@gmail.com or via Twitter at @KatieLBridger.
  • Laura Carter

    Laura is a PhD student at Cambridge University, working with Professor Peter Mandler. She has previously worked on how the idea of ‘modern’ mass education developed in Britain from the 1920s through to the secondary modern school after 1944. Her current research focuses on the preservation, presentation, and commodification of the ‘everyday’ past in British culture in the early to mid twentieth century.
  • Louise Birch

    Louise is the Head of History at St. James' Catholic High School in Cheadle Hulme. She studied History at Liverpool John Moores University, and qualified as a History Teacher in 2005. Her main historical interest is the First World War. As such, she is hoping to begin a part-time MA in First World War Studies in September. She is a married mother of two.
  • Matthew Moss

    Matthew Moss is a British postgraduate student specializing in military history. He also runs historicalfirearms.info, a site that looks at the history, development and use of firearms as well as wider military history. Follow him on twitter.
  • Matthew Jones

    Dr Matthew Jones is the Research Associate on the ‘Cultural Memory and British Cinema-going of the 1960s’ AHRC-funded research project based in UCL’s Department of History. He and the project’s Director, Dr Melvyn Stokes, would like to invite readers to take part by sharing their own memories of cinema-going during the sixties. If you would like to share your memories with the project, please visit www.ucl.ac.uk/cinemamemories or email cinemamemories@ucl.ac.uk.
  • Max Virtus

    Max Virtus is the brains behind Bizarrcheology, a warehouse of the weird and wonderful items of history.
  • Paul Tomlinson

    Paul is the owner of Cocoa Hernando. Cocoa Hernando create luxury flavoured chocolate inspired by travels around the world. www.cocoahernando.com
  • Samantha Smith

    Samantha Smith is a part-time PHD student at Birkbeck studying the publication of 16th/17th Century State letters in 1653. She works full-time as an regulatory accountant for a French bank and in her “spare” time she volunteers at the Tower of London assisting Visitor Services. This allows her in indulge her love for the Tower ravens!
  • Shafi Musaddique

    Shafi is currently a freelance journalist, having previously worked in the arts and heritage industry. He can be found on Twitter under the handle @Shafldn.
  • Simon Stirling

    Simon Andrew Stirling is an author and historian whose latest book, “Who Killed William Shakespeare? The Murderer, the Motive, the Means”, was published by the History Press in August 2013. His previous book, “The King Arthur Conspiracy: How a Scottish Prince Became a Mythical Hero”, was also published by the History Press in 2012. Simon’s blog, in which he reveals ongoing research and comments on his adventures in publishing, can be found here: www.artandwill.blogspot.co.uk . He is an accomplished speaker and is available to give talks on any subject related to his work on Shakespeare.
  • Ylwa Pettersson

    Ylwa is from Sweden and took her Bachelor's degree in historical sciences focusing on economic history at Uppsala University. She is currently reading for a Mst in Modern British and European History at New College, University of Oxford. Focusing on fiscal administration and war financing in Sweden and France during the seventeenth century and how preparation for war cooperated with allocating financial resources. She has also been working at Skokloster's castle in Sweden and is interested in strategic and security issues within the Swedish armed forces. Away from history, she competed internationally in figure skating for 10 years in her youth.
  • Catherine Curzon

    Glorious Georgian ginbag, gossip and gadabout Catherine Curzon, aka Madame Gilflurt, is the author of A Covent Garden Gilflurt’s Guide to Life and can be spotted gadding about on Facebook and Twitter. Her first book, Life in the Georgian Court, will be published by Pen and Sword Books in 2016. The second, Tales from the 18th Century Old Bailey, will be published by Pen and Sword Books in 2017.
  • David Tiedemann

    David is a PhD candidate at UCL where he specialises in Anglo-Amercian relations during the second half of the 19th Century. He can be found on Twitter here - @hanstiedles.
  • Emma Butcher

    Emma is a PhD student at the University of Hull specializing in Romantic and Victorian literature. Her thesis examines the legacy of colonial, civil and Napoleonic warfare in the works of the Bronte family. She is currently the postgraduate representative of the Northern Nineteenth-Century Network and the British Association for Victorian Studies. She has recently curated the new exhibition at the Bronte Parsonage, ‘The Brontes, War and Waterloo’.
  • Fiona Whelan

    Fiona recently completed her doctorate in History at the University of Oxford. Her focus of research is on social and cultural history of the medieval period, especially in relation to the construction of behaviour and manners in twelfth-century England. Originally from Ireland, with a B.A. in Art History from Trinity College Dublin, her interests are interdisciplinary merging art history, archaeology, anthropology and sociology to interpret the medieval period.
  • Gillian Mawsom

    Gillian Mawson is an historian and author specialising in the experience of British evacuees during the Second World War. To find out more about the lives of the Guernsey children and adults in England, you can follow Gillian Mawson’s blog at: Guernsey Evacuees
  • Jane Dismore

    Jane Dismore is a freelance journalist and biographer. Her latest book 'Duchesses: Living in 21st Century Britain' is published by Blink Books and is out now.
  • Lucy Allen

    Lucy Allen has recently finished her PhD at the University of York and is now a Researcher in Medieval Studies. She is planning a new project on Middle English romance and cultural perceptions of women. You can find her blog here
  • Sarah Philpott

    Sarah Philpott is a Cardiff based food blogger and English Graduate. She is the author of Nervous Bakedown, a witty blog about her baking endeavours.
  • Shane Horwell

    Shane Horwell is a PhD candidate at UCL where he is researching ideas and practice in eighteenth-century Britain.
  • Simon J. Cook

    Simon J. Cook is an award-winning intellectual historian. His website, Ye Machine, can be found here: http://yemachine.com. Simon has recently published an electronic essay on J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lost English Mythology (available from Amazon).
  • Simon Abernethy

    Simon Abernethy is a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge studying the relationship between social class and commuting in London. He also makes a mean pear cake.
  • Sophie Cooper

    Sophie is a second year History PhD student and William McFarlane Scholar at the University of Edinburgh. She is studying Irish communities in Melbourne and Chicago between 1850 and 1890, specifically in relation to nationalist thought and identity formation. Sophie did her BA at University of Exeter, and M.Phil at Trinity College Dublin.
  • Stephen Basdeo

    Stephen Basdeo is a PhD candidate at Leeds Trinity University. His thesis examines 18th- and 19th-century Robin Hood texts. His other research interests include the history of crime, in particular the offences of outlawry and highway robbery, as well as 18th- and 19th-century print culture.
  • Steven Gray

    Steven Gray is currently studying for his AHRC funded PhD at Warwick University and the National Maritime Museum. His working title is 'Imperial Coaling: Steam-power, the Royal Navy and British Imperial Coaling stations circa. 1870-1914'.
  • Tom Hale

    I've recently graduated from university with a degree in history. My time at university largely focused on European History, but I'm an all round history nut and read widely. You could generally find me reading anything from Tacitus' history of Rome to John Rawls' a Theory of Justice. If I'm not reading history, I'll either be reading classic literature such as Wilde or Wordsworth; or poetry - Edgar Allen Poe is a favourite of mine. Outside of reading and learning, you could expect to find me at St Marys stadium watching Southampton or playing 5-a-side football. Other than that my life is arbitrary
  • Verity Burke

    Verity Burke is a doctoral student at the University of Reading, working on the Cole Library of Early Medicine and Zoology. Her project is an interdisciplinary study of the representation of medical and scientific anatomies in nineteenth-century fiction, and their effect on the popular imagination. Her wider research interests include Charles Dickens, surgery, forensics and the body. She loves a good taxidermy squirrel.
  • Rebecca Rideal

    Founder and editor of The History Vault, Rebecca is a historian of seventeenth-century England, a former specialist factual television producer, and the author of 1666: Plague, War and Hellfire.