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About me

Occupation Volunteer
Location Barnsley, United Kingdom
Introduction I'm a mature perpetual student. I studied with the Open University from 1998 to 2014, history mostly. I used to enjoy volunteering at the local Archives transcribing old documents and helping other people with their Family History queries. I'm pretty good at IT for someone of my age group, so I can often assist there as well. I've been researching Family History for over twenty-five years, and I've been a Campaign for Real Ale member longer than that. I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease just over eleven years ago and had to finish work nine years ago. I reinvented myself as a Local History speaker, specialising in WW1 Soldiers and War Memorials, but had to give that up due to ill health two years ago. I am an Official Remote Volunteer for the IWM's War Memorials Register and was an Official Remote Volunteer for the IWM's Lives of the First World War (2013-2019). Between October 2017 and February 2020 I studied for an MA in the History of Britain and the First World War at Wolverhampton University. I achieved an overall Pass with Merit. In March 2020 I was offered a place at Wolverhampton to fulfil my greatest ambition, study for a PhD. My topic will be, of course, war memorials!
Interests My other interests include Real Ale, Family History, Science Fiction, and for escapism, a nice historical novel.