I research numerous social history subjects (please see the foot of this page for a few examples), including World War Two Evacuation:
My first book ‘Guernsey Evacuees: The Forgotten Evacuees of the Second World War’ is released on 12 November 2012 by History Press
TO READ PART OF THE BOOK FOR FREE, OR PURCHASE A COPY,click here:
Since May 2008, I have been interviewing those evacuees who fled the Channel Islands to mainland Britain in June 1940, just a few days prior to the German Occupation of the Channel Islands. I concentrated on the thousands that arrived in unfamiliar industrial towns in Lancashire, Cheshire, Derbyshire and Yorkshire. The Channel Island evacuees spent several weeks in Evacuee Reception Centres, before being provided with local accommodation. Thousands of children were evacuated with their school teachers and many did not see their parents again for five long years. Mothers were evacuated too, with their infants, leaving their husbands behind. Interviews have revealed emotional stories from both children and adult evacuees, regarding the actual evacuation, their five years in England cut off from friends and family, and of their return to the Islands in 1945. Some did not return after the war, but chose to make their future in the communities that had welcomed them in 1940. Of those who did return home, thousands are still in contact with the families who cared for them during the war.
I am continuing to work in partnership with Joanne Fitton of Leeds Archives Service on the story of the Channel Islanders who came to Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cheshire in 1940, and the reaction of the local community to their arrival.
See my Home Page for latest news on our Bury project and on the documentary film made by Diane Rickerby and I. This project was supported by the Manchester Beacon for Public Engagement. See
TALKS AND EVENTS: (see my Talks and Events page>)
Please contact me via the Comments box at the foot of this webpge if you would like me to visit your group or organisation to give a Talk, or to run an ‘Evacuee suitcase experience’ session for children – a negotiable fee is chargeable. (see my Education Services page for reviews!)
I am a fully CRB checked STEM Ambassador for History- see website
Please contact me if you would like to commission me to write for your publication – I have written articles on various subjects for a number of magazines, newspapers and journals.
SOME OF MY OTHER HISTORY RESEARCH INTERESTS INCLUDE::
Housewives Choice?: Manchester housewives, Smoke Pollution and Smokeless Fuels in the 1950s and 1960s – The story of the Manchester housewives who protested against the compulsory introduction of smokeless fuels into their own homes
The Guernsey Evacuee and Mrs Roosevelt: the work of WW2 organisation “Foster Parent’s Plan for War Children” – and the work of co founder Eric Muggeridge
The Manchester Home Front during WW2
The Manchester Blitz of Christmas 1940
Memories of Blackpool in the 50s and 60s
Women and War Work in Manchester
Memories of Belle Vue, Manchester
The momentous decisions made by Channel Island mothers in June 1940 – Occupation or Evacuation?