A librarian by way of a first degree in English and Theatre Studies and an MSc in Information and Library Studies, I was working for Birmingham City Council on the Revolutionary Players project when I discovered the story of Sabrina Sidney.
Sabrina was the protégé and pupil of Thomas Day, writer, philanthropist and member of the 18th Century Lunar Society. Having long had an interest in history and intrigued by her story, I tried to discover more about Sabrina but found very little and so in 2006, I began a PhD with the University of Birmingham entitled “Constructing the Eighteenth Century Woman: The Adventurous of Sabrina Sidney”.
I graduated in December 2012 and continue to research the lives of other women, like Sabrina, whose histories have been neglected.
I am available to give talks on various aspects of 18th Century and West Midlands history. Please see the Events page for some of the talks I have previously given and contact me if you would like more details.