I'm currently Genealogist on "Coronation Street's DNA Secrets", which is an exciting new one-off family history and DNA programme for ITV. It's a new format, so I'm intrigued to see what people make of it!

In 2017 I did genealogical research and people finding for "A House Through Time", at Twenty Twenty for BBC TWO. I found detailed biographical information and living relatives for Episodes 2 & 3 of this hugely successful new history series. 

In 2016 I worked on "The People's History of Pop" at 7Wonder for BBC FOUR. Archive research for Episodes 2, 3, 4, & 5. This landmark BBC4 series was nominated for "Best Use of Footage in a Music Production", @Focal International Awards: 2017.

I have done people finding for various programmes, including "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" on BBC TWO and for the BBC News at 6 and 10: Tracing living relatives of Private James Ernest Beaney, a young soldier killed in WW1, who became the face of WW1 when a photo of him was made into a huge digital portrait.

For "Secrets From the Clink" made by Wall to Wall for ITV: I was Series Genealogist on stories featuring: Len Goodman, Johnny Vegas, Mariella Frostrup, Michelle Collins, and Daisy McAndrew. My favourite discovery was the amazing story of Ann Haines, a Victorian ancestor of Johnny Vegas: she made hundreds of Courthouse appearances and moved between the workhouse, prison, and the streets. Hers is an incredible story which shows just what you might be missing if you don't do proper research on the women in your family.

"Secrets From the Asylum" made by Wall to Wall for ITV: Series Genealogist on stories featuring: Ray Winstone, Al Murray, Claire Sweeney, Christopher Biggins and Lesley Joseph.

"Find My Past" Lion TV for Yesterday, and History Channel in NZ & AustraliaSeries Genealogist on Series 2, Researcher / Inhouse Genealogist on Series 1. Forward tracing the genealogy of significant figures from history, I then reached out to living relatives and talked to hundreds of people in the casting process to find our eventual family contributors (3 per programme, 60 over the two series), plus experts!:

Series 2: The Dambusters / The Gunpowder Plot / The Curse of Tutankhamen / The Christmas Truce / The Great Fire of London / The Great Escape / The Battle of Trafalgar / Scott of the Antarctic / The Dickens (Staplehurst) Rail Crash / The Abdication

Series 1: Dunkirk / Jack the Ripper / D-Day / The Titanic / The Royal Scandal / Suffragette, Emily Davison

"Making History" Saturn Television, NZ: Producer/Presenter of this 6 part short form documentary on quirky historical events in the capital city Wellington, NZ.

"Genealogy: the Musical" Various Venues: A docu-musical performance which pokes fun at the often-oh-so-serious business of genealogy  

"Dem Damn Dames" Bats Theatre, Wellington NZ: A docu-musical theatre investigating the complicated lives of jazz women including Sarah Vaughan and Annie Ross - featuring film footage of fictional academic Eleanor X-Roteca and fake '50's jive-dance footage.


I have a Diploma in Media Practice from Birkbeck, University of London. 

Particular research interests include:

- women's lives and female lines

- migration

- convict transportation

- bereavement, mourning, infant mortality

- mental illness, "feminine hysteria" and the asylum

- the social psychology of genealogy (the impulse to identify with ancestors)...

- estrangement, adoption, intergenerational impacts, family systems, oral histories...


If you would like to have a chat please email me with your number and we can arrange a conversation!



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