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I have lived in Sussex all my life, and have been a resident of the historic county town of Lewes for over 25 years. I have worked occasionally as an artist, producing and selling many pencil drawings. I am also a keen runner, and have run many marathons. I have been an active member of Lewes Athletic Club since 2001.

I studied Early-Modern History at the University of Sussex as a mature student, and became fascinated by social history. Through years of researching my own family tree, I greatly increased my knowledge and passion for social and family history, and consequently I started producing family trees for other people.

In 2009 I completed a Masters Degree in Contemporary History, graduating with a distinction. My final dissertation involved researching and examining the migration patterns of rural families in 19th century Sussex. I was lucky enough to be awarded a grant by the Arts and Humanities Research Council in order to continue this research to MPhil level. I was awarded the MPhil in 2016, for my thesis entitled 'Understanding Rural Migration in Late Nineteenth Century England: Taking Parish Research to a New Level'. However, I was still able to work part-time as a genealogist during this time, and qualified as a member of AGRA (the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives) in 2014.

As a local historian, I also give talks on various topics relating to Sussex history. My most popular talks are entitled 'A Turbulent History of Pub Life in Lewes' and 'A History of Sport in Sussex; from the amazing to the bizarre'. I also give talks on the Lewes Workhouse; once a significant building in the town, but now largely forgotten. Additionally, I have been a regular contibutor to Viva Lewes magazine over the last few years, writing articles on various subjects, including a long-running monthly slot on the town's long forgotten pubs. Some of my local research on Lewes can be found on my Facebook page

History is an incredibly important (and fascinating) subject, and I believe passionately that we should not forget who our ancestors were, and the hard times many of them went through in order for us to be where we are today.