Whilst completing my doctorate in Manchester, I curated and co-curated several exhibitions and wrote two popular history books for the History Press. Part of the research for my doctorate was funded by the Manchester Statistical Society’s Campion Grant. I have also received funding for research from organisations such as the Arts Council, National Trust, and the Heritage Fund (HLF)
At my previous institution, I was the course convenor on two public history units. I also created the syllabus and was the course convenor on a core first-year unit looking at acts of radicalism in the nineteenth century. Further, I have taught a range of modules on broader aspects of 19th and 20th century history, such as the study of youth and childhood, queer histories, and gender studies.
I am also a trained oral history consultant and have worked with the LGBT Foundation, The Pankhurst Museum, Manchester Reform Synagogue and Oldham Council.
In 2019, I was awarded the ‘People’s Award’ at the Manchester Culture Awards for my ‘dedication and contribution to culture and creativity in Manchester’. During the same year, I was shortlisted for ‘Teacher of Year’ at my former workplace.
My work has been featured inWho Do You Think You Are? (BBC), CNN, Britain’s Most Historic Towns (Channel 4), BBC Breakfast, Heir Hunters (BBC), ITV News, Great Canal Journeys (Channel 4), DNA Journey (ITV) and The Great British Dig (Channel 4). Also, my work has been in The Daily Mail, The Stylist, Daily Mirror, Manchester Evening News and Who Do You Think You Are Magazine?