I came back into academic study part-time to put some balance into my life. I work full-time as a teacher and felt I was no longer learning myself! I completed the MA in West Midlands History in 2009 and an off the cuff remark to former tutor, Dr Malcolm Dick, got me thinking about going further. I teach Media and Film, have always been fascinated by medieval history and am a member of various battlefield organisations so decided to link these elements together.
I am now engaged in an inter-disciplinary PhD, linking Medieval History and Film, supervised by Dr Miriam Muller and Dr James Walters. My research centres on investigating the accuracy of film and television representations of medieval warfare. I am fascinated by the links in the chain of ideas on which filmmakers base their interpretations, from the early chronicles through Victorian re-interpretations to the silver screen, and just how close these are to actual people and events. In addition I am also exploring the re-imagining of the world of medieval warfare in the genres of Fantasy and Science-Fiction.