I studied Economic History as an undergraduate. One module of the course was an introduction to the study of local history, led by the ‘father’ of local history, W. G. Hoskins. It was a tantalising but brief insight into the subject, and was one that I was keen to pursue when the opportunity arose. That opportunity came in 2008, when I embarked upon the MA in West Midlands History. The programme was fascinating and varied; each lecturer an acknowledged expert in their field; the course led by the energetic, enthusiastic and supportive Dr Malcolm Dick.
My MA dissertation dealt with the Birmingham cut-nail trade during the nineteenth century. With Malcolm Dick as my supervisor, I have now embarked on a part-time PhD.