Heart of England
I have worked in the heritage industry since 2010, which has given me the opportunities to present historic houses, abbey ruins and industrial sites. Since qualifying as a guide, I have also presented in historic towns and cities ranging in size from Upton-upon-Severn to Birmingham (where I was born). My background also includes presentation of parish churches and funerary monuments (since 2000) and performance of popular and folk music (since mid-1970s).
I hold a Blue Badge for the Heart of England, and a Green Badge for the town of Tamworth, Staffordshire.
|Towns and Cities|
|Popular Music 1962-1990|
|Folk Music 1960s to date|
|Churches & Cathedrals||
As a member of the Church Monuments Society, I am able to offer informed tours of church buildings, including detail about large funerary monuments, the people they commemorate, and artists attributed with their construction.
I offer walking tours of most towns and cities in the Heart of England, and also offer country walks. Focus is on buildings or locations, and their connection with people and events in history (for example "The Monarch's Way", and Charles II's escape).
My historic interest in church buildings has led me learn about general architectural styles. I can provide tours specifically devoted built environments anywhere in the region.
With my background in Birmingham and the Black Country, I have lived in an area wealthy in industrial history.
Mom and dad didn't drive! I developed a strong childhood interest in railways and buses. This extended to development history, and expanded to canals. I am considering options for vintage bus based tours in the region.
|Stately Homes & Country Houses||
Having worked at country houses (including one that played host to a king in waiting), I am fascinated by their links with people and events. In the case of many houses, there is a church on or near the estate with the monuments to family members over the centuries, offering a more rounded history of them.
|Birds & Animals||
Watching birds and other wildlife is the most relaxing thing that I know. This is enhanced when you learn to identify birds by their song and behaviour.
I have been interested in popular music since my childhood in the 1960s. I am particularly interested in pop/rock bands from around Birmingham and the West Midlands. Since my teens, I have played bass guitar and provided harmony backing vocals.
The development of Birmingham's cemeteries, including tours of Key Hill and Warstone Lane Cemeteries. The beginning of a solution to a real Victorian problem! Both cemeteries hold final resting places of some important names in the history of Birmingham.