Like most historians, research is a large and important part of what I do. Since 2012 I have been privileged to work with a number of the UK's largest organisations to deliver historical research and support on a wide range of projects. Previous and current clients include; The Royal British Legion, the UK Govt Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, UK Somme 100 Centenary Commemorations, UK Govt Passchendaele Commemorations, the BBC, ITV, Big Ideas Company, UK Govt 'Great War Debate' Series and numerous national and local projects. Here is some of what I can offer...
INDIVIDUAL RESEARCH PROJECTS
To date I have completed more than 600 individual research projects on military servicemen, ranging from the Peninsular War to the Second World War. As with many things in history, sometimes records can hold a huge amount of information, sometimes very little. Typically, I search all available archives and records sets from newspapers and civilian records to war diaries, historical publications, maps, diaries, audio records and even satellite images. Once all information is gathered I produce a bespoke report detailing the entire military history of an individual complete with historical narrative. As each report is unique and available material varies greatly, there is no 'standard' fee. Instead, I conduct a free preliminary search and contact you to let you know what is available and provide a quote based on the findings.
GROUP RESEARCH PROJECTS
Often I am approached to support new or ongoing historical research projects run by groups or organisations. This could be a national initiative, school, club or society remembrance project, new historical database, publication or website. Support for projects can vary from simply casting an eye over existing material, historical fact checking to sourcing key material and producing multiple individual reports, in other words -it could be lots of things. I have considerable experience in providing historical guidance and support, bespoke to your requirements.
From time to time it is nice to be able to pick up the phone and ask a historical question and receive an immediate answer in the confidence that the information is accurate and reliable. Over the last four years, I have acted as a resident historian and consultant for a number of the UK's largest events and commemorations including the UK Government's Somme 100 events at both Westminster Abbey and Manchester's Heaton Park. I am well practised at providing concise accurate information to your timescale and can offer a range of support in this role.
For those not used to trawling through archives, or perhaps just too far away to physically make the journey, it is sometimes easier, more cost and time effective to have someone conduct research on their behalf. I regularly work with historical archives around the United Kingdom and have considerable experience in most major archives. If you need historical support on the ground, feel free to get in touch.