I'm Simon Fowler, The History Man
Freelance writer and researcher
By training, I am an archivist with an MA in Archive Administration from University College London. I worked at The National Archives (then the Public Record Office) for roughly thirty years, although I had a break firstly to do a PhD on charities and the First World War and then edited Family History Monthly, as well as being archivist at the Royal Star and Garter Home and the Society of Genealogists.
In 2004 I returned to The National Archives to edit Ancestors Magazine which closed in April 2010. So I thought why not try to do what I like to do best writing and researching.
Too many years ago to recall I gave my mother a copy of the ‘Good Loo Guide’. On clearing out her papers following her death I found the book. It reveals a side to life in London that hadn’t really been studied by historians. Naturally I wanted to find out more.