I am a curator and local historian whose personal research focusses on the history of Chiswick, where I live, and the neighbouring parish of Brentford. My book Flood! the Brentford Flood of 1841 won the first London & Middlesex Archaeological Society Local History Publications Award in 2003. I have been researching nursery gardeners in the parishes along the Thames since 2006 and the fruits of that work form the basis for this web-site.

In real life I began a museum career at Vestry House Museum in Walthamstow, I set up and ran new local history museums in the London Boroughs of Brent and Wandsworth, tried to rescue an old-established museum service in Newham and advised the Fairground Heritage Trust in the mid 1990s. Between 1996 and 2000 I was Deputy Director of theĀ UK government’s adviser on museums, The Museums & Galleries Commission, and I have worked as a freelance museum curator and advisor since 2000. I helped create another new museum for Havering, co-ordinated the refurbishment and redisplay of Hogarth’s House in Chiswick, completed in 2011, and current projects include interpretative planning advice to Turner’s House Trust.