Who am I?

After a career in teaching and  ending up as a head teacher in inner London, I took early [OK very early] retirement and decided to go back into education full time on my own account.   I did a four  year diploma course in Garden History and that led on to an MA in Historical Research at Birkbeck College, University of London in 1999.   I   enjoyed academia so much I  went straight on to do a  PhD at Birkbeck on The Gardens and Gardeners of Later Stuart London which I was awarded in 2005.  

I am a trustee of The Gardens Trust, the national campaigning body for the protection and support of our historic parks, gardens and designed landscapes.  I chair their education and training committee and write a weekly blog for them which you can find at thegardenstrust.blog

From 2011-2022 I was one of the  convenors of the History of Gardens and Landscapes seminar at the Institute of Historical Research  at the University of London. For their current programme see … http://www.history.ac.uk/events/seminars/121 

From 2012 to 2016 I was also a trustee of Parks & Gardens UK which is the main on-line source of  information about historic parks and gardens in the country.  For more info take a look at … www.parksandgardens.org 

I am now an honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Buckingham and hope to be supervising PhD students from this autumn!