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My Latest Posts

  • Reliant and Metrocab, Basin Lane, Glascote

    Reliant and Metrocab, Basin Lane, Glascote

    This is the base of an article. Much more research to follow when I have time to add to this. The development where I live, off Basin Lane, Tamworth, has a fascinating history. Many years ago it was a heavy engineering works for Thompson and Southwick. Then in 1966 it was purchased by Reliant and…

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  • Private Robert Wood

    Private Robert Wood

    Robert was born on 12th Nov 1884 in Amington. In 1901 he was working in the coal mines as a pony driver. He was working as a carter when he joined the Grenadier Guards in 1905. He would have been recalled early in the war and on 12th Sep 1914 the Tamworth Herald reported that he…

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  • Sergeant French

    Sergeant French

    On 14th November 1914, the Tamworth Herald reported on a long letter from Sergeant French: “Soldiers’ Letters. GLASCOTE SERGEANT’S EXPERIENCE. Sergeant French, of the Bedfordshire Regiment, of Thomas street, Glascote, has written an interesting account of his experiences in connection with the war from July 31 to October 13. Incidentally it may be mentioned that Sergeant…

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About me…

Research and Writing

I am a local and family historian, with a particular interest in canal and coastal heritage. My books include the series ‘Wootton Bassett 100 Years Ago’, the ‘Family History Record Book’, and the ‘Narrowboat Log Book’. I am currently writing the autobiography of Margaret Whitehead, a WW2 VAD nurse, and a book about the history of teasmades. I have researched hundreds of families, particularly focussing on the WW1 era. My books include the series ‘Wootton Bassett 100 Years Ago’, and the ‘Family History Record Book’.

I am happy to help with local and family history questions, but I no longer work as a genealogist.

Estate Agency

I am a homefinder and estate agent specialising in canalside homes.

Canal & River Trust Volunteering

I used to volunteer as a ‘greeter’ on The Admiral, the Canal and River Trust’s widebeam boat, moored at Caen Hill Locks in Devizes. I have now moved to Tamworth, where I am volunteering with the CRT again on the Towpath Taskforce.

Qualifications

I have a Post Graduate Diploma in Local and Family History which included the following modules:

  • Skills And Sources for Family And Local History In England
  • House History
  • The Theory and Context of Recordkeeping
  • Archive Management Principles And Practice
  • English Palaeography And Diplomatic
  • Public History
  • Oral History

I also have an honours degree in Social Psychology. I am a qualified Suzuki Violin Teacher, a qualified Shoe Fitter, and I have a certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

Archives

I have worked professionally in archives, including several contracts for the Royal Voluntary Service Archives. Below are some examples of work I am proud to have undertaken:

  • Contract as an Archive Image Metadata Assistant at the Royal Voluntary Service Archives (2019), reviewing and entering metadata for the Archive’s digitised image collection using Adobe Lightroom. Created a logfile in Excel to report on progress. Logged found errors throughout the process. Completed metatagging of 2884 images.
  • Contract as an Archive Assistant Digitisation Officer at the Royal Voluntary Service Archives. Digitised approximately 7250 narrative reports. Responsible for planning and implementing social media activity during the project. Corrected cataloguing errors throughout the process. Wrote a digitisation guide for my successor.
  • Contract at the Royal Voluntary Service Archives conducting archival research for a high profile national fundraising campaign. Selected archive photographs and text with strong media potential, researched copyright status, and obtained the necessary clearances for use from copyright holders. This content was published in the national press, including the Mail Online and the Guardian. Reverted to volunteer status at the end of the contract. Filmed a supporting “behind the scenes” video. Solely responsible for planning and implementing the archive’s social media activity throughout the campaign.
  • Volunteer archive assistant at the Royal Voluntary Service Archives, participating in a variety of management and routine activities, including answering internal and external enquiries, responsibility for the archive’s Twitter account, where I increased follower numbers from 72 to over 1800, accessioning and appraising new material, cataloguing using CALM, and developing a database for searching legacy Access/Excel catalogues and managing loans.