SPECIALIST TOUR GUIDE
I am an award winning historian, equally at home in the library or rolling around on a muddy playing field. I am currently teaching and completing my PhD research in the history of Disability Sport at De Montfort University, Leicester.
Discussing the History of Tribalism in Football
Listen to me talking about James Peters, Englands first black rugby player on BBC Radio Bristol: or read the article at
Head over to your favourite podcast streaming site, and listen on Hidden Histories with Helen Carr for me talking about Leicester's hidden Castle (https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/hidden-histories/id1454513867)
Also for anyone heading down to the World Rugby Museum check out my research in the 'Rugby For All' section. Wheelchair Rugby, Gay Rugby, Mixed-Ability Rugby, Blind Rugby & Golden Oldies Rugby all get their proper place in there. See some photos in the Gallery below & on Twitter here
Every month(ish) I want to throw up a topic to discuss/debate relating to sport history. (For previous debates click here.)
I will attempt to talk through both sides in a short video or article, but then want to hear what you think in the comments section.
THIS MONTH: Should tackling be banned in Junior rugby?
'History & Policy' 2016 piece
Read my Opinion piece
Ben Kay in The Times
Allyson Pollock in The BMJ
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My PhD research project, based at De Montfort University and funded by the AHRC, aims to be the first focused history of the sporting provision and experiences of people with learning disabilities in Britain between 1960 and 2012. In this time I have:
Won the 2018 De Montfort University 3 Minute Thesis competition, and chosen out of 60+ entries as a Semi-finalist in the National Competition.
Been awarded a 'Cultural Engagement Award' for my work with Leicester Museums, The World Rugby Museum and Special Olympics GB by Midlands 3 Cities in May 2018.
Completed a 'Family Forums' project for Special Olympics GB- speaking to grassroots members to help feedback and instigate changes.
Research is running until 2019 & I want to hear the story of anyone who has been involved in Intellectual/Learning Disability sport: whether as an athlete, volunteer, coach or supporter. CLICK HERE to find to find out more.
I am keen to talk to anyone with research interests in the areas of Sport History and Medical Humanities. Widening out from my PHD focus I have a broad interest in “Sport outside of the normal” including Disability and issues of Sexuality within sport, whilst my MA focused on issues of race within sport.
I have also worked extensively as a researcher with the World Rugby Museum, Twickenham; most recently on creating the research documents for the new panels on Wheelchair rugby, Gay rugby, Blind rugby and a number of others non-traditional forms of the game, part of the new Museum opening in 2018.
I co-authored the Saracens WW1 research project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. I have had articles published in History & Policy and The Times and am (slowly) penning my first book, on England’s first black rugby player James Peters.
I have worked since 2014 as a Tour Guide, both in London and with clients around the UK. These have typically been a mix of general sightseeing tours, with a number of clients taking more specialised sporting themed tours.
Away from work I am a rugby player & coach, cross fitter & worked as a volunteer at my local theatre group Chickenshed.