Participant Info

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Completed PhD at the University of Glasgow
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British Empire, Imperialism, Second Cities of the Empire, India, Kolkata, Scotland, Glasgow, Museums, Collecting, Culture, Civic Development, Urban Studies, Cities, Public Institutions, Public Spaces.
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Available for research and expertise.

Personal Info

About Me

My MA in Public History led me in many different directions – primarily a PhD, but also research work for several series of acclaimed children’s TV show, Horrible Histories and, more recently, TV research for Antiques Road Trip and a new WW2 history documentary for National Geographic. I’ve acted as a history consultant for a wine company and worked as a Research Assistant for the Open University looking at the cultural history of Glasgow, Scotland. I’ve been fortunate to delve into the past in a multitude of different ways for a variety of people.

Academically, my thesis looks at how Glasgow and Calcutta, two claimants to the ‘second city of the Empire’ title, developed over the course of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In particular, I demonstrate how and why their public museums developed in the ways that they did. This chimes with current debates about the statues in our cities, the things in our museums, and the stories we tell.

I like public speaking and talking about history. I’m interested in bringing the past to diverse audiences in new and engaging ways.

Recent Publications

REVIEW, I. G. C. Hutchison, Industry, Reform and Empire: Scotland, 1790–1880, The Innes Review, Volume 71 Issue 2, Page 293-296,

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United Kingdom
Expertise by Geography
India, United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
5, 7, 8
Expertise by Topic
Art & Architectural History, Libraries & Archives, Museums, Public History, Urban History