I have always had an interest in railways, ever since my grandfather took me to a steam railway at the age of 2. I completed my undergraduate degree in history at St. Mary’s University College, Twickenham, and a Masters degree in War Studies at King’s College London. I then chose to undertake a PhD in Railway Studies with the University of York and National Railway Museum’s Institute of Railway Studies and Transport History. I submitted my thesis and passed my viva in 2013.
I am currently employed by the University of York’s Centre for Lifelong Learning as a Associate Lecturer. I am teaching an on-line Postgraduate Diploma in railway studies, which will cover many aspects of British railway history. The first intake of students began their studies in late September 2013.
My thesis was on the management of the London and South Western Railway in the forty years before the First World War, and focused on strategic and operational decision-making within the company over this period. However, my academic research interests are diverse and encompass various dimensions of transport and mobility history. I am currently working on a number of academic projects and papers in the following areas:
- Railway marketing between c.1890 and 1939
- News, December 2017: I have just had accepted for publication in Enterprise & Society an article on the London & North Western Railway’s marketing of North Wales between 1900 and 1914 entitled “Sunlit North Wales” and Stakeholders: The London & North Western Railway’s development of North Welsh tourism before 1914″
- Mobility of goods via rail, road and boat before 1914
- Supporting this research, in mid-2016 I was awarded the Business Archives Council’s bursary for research into business archives, which has been used to look at the relationship between the railways and the brewers of London and Burton-on-Trent.
- Perceptions of travel and mobility by rail before 1914
I am also currently working with Dr. Kevin Tennent of the University of York’s Management School on a project to investigate the management of early British tram networks. Our paper on the strategic decision-making within the London County Council’s Tramways before the First World War is currently with the reviewers.
I hold various other positions and roles:
- Founder and co-convener of the Institute of Historical Research’s Transport and Mobility History Seminar.
- Book reviews coordinating editor for the Journal of Transport History.
- Member of the Institute of Railway Studies Forum.