I have written extensively about the Chartist Movement. The focus of my research has been on recovering the stories of the lesser-known writers and speakers associated with the movement. I have explored the poetry and novels of such artisan writers as Thomas Cooper, Thomas Miller and Willie Thom. I have also produced a series of short ‘public history’ books relating to Victorian Birmingham. My aim has been to draw attention to some of the interesting artists, journalists, manufacturers and philanthropists who have been overshadowed by Joseph Chamberlain.