I retired in 2008 after 35 years in higher education. Much of my academic career was spent at Sheffield Polytechnic/Hallam University where I taught a variety of subjects, including public administration, local government finance and health care management. I also developed an interest in business education. Between 2001 and 2008, I had a part- time post in the Centre for Learning and Teaching/Learning and Teaching Enhancement Unit at the University of Southampton. Here I rediscovered my love of history, studying for an MRes at Southampton, with a dissertation on the highly controversial Education Act 1902, and subsequently for a PhD in Modern Church History at the University of Birmingham, which I completed in 2015. The title of my thesis was “Faith and Good Works: Congregationalism in Edwardian Hampshire 1901-1914”. Alongside local church history, I am interested in local political and administrative history and have contributed articles on aspects of these subjects to various journals, including Southern History, Hampshire Studies, The Local Historian, The Journal of the United Reformed Church Historical Society, Congregational History Society Magazine and History of Education Researcher. I am currently researching Nonconformity in Basingstoke for the new Victoria County History project.