I live in south-east London, close to the border with Kent - which is convenient for the regular essential escape from London and handy for one of my other passions - country walking.
I spent most of my formative years in Dorset - a county which I still love. My love of country walking began in the Purbeck Hills and it is still one of my favourite places in the country.
I am currently the Chair of The Friends of Oxleas Woodlands - a 134 hectare ancient woodland embedded in the suburban sprawl of sputh-east London.
I also like traditional Scandinavian music, and play an Octave Mandola - though admittedly with more enthusiasm than skill ! !
Until April 2014 I was Curator of Community and Maritime History at the Museum of London Docklands, at Canary Wharf. And was one of the team of four curators who created the museum which opened in 2003.
I curated the musem's first exhibition 'Londoners at Work', and co-curated the permanent 'London, Sugar and Slavery Gallery'. I also curated the museum's Pirates: The Captain Kidd Story which opened in May 2011.
I have since worked with the University of Westminster as a part-time Visiting Lecturer, and still lecture occasionally to a wide range of organisations.
I have also worked on numerous radio and television documentaries. My documentary work has included a program on Admiral Thomas Cochrane for Wark-Clements; working with Peter Ackroyd in 'Peter Ackroyd's Thames; for Colonial Pictures in ; 'Limehouse - A Victorian Chinatown'; for the Revisitation of the Best of Dr Who box-set; two documentaries on Captain Kidd for National Geographic; and two programmes filming with Tony Robinson for a Time Team Special.