Welcome to the History Man

My name is Simon Fowler.    


I am a freelance writer and researcher and this site is designed to encourage you to hire me to help you with your research or to write for you.


COVID-19, Coronavirus, call it what you will, has forced the closure of all UK archives and libraries. And I am getting severe withdrawal symptoms as a result. But seriously, I can’t visit them on your behalf – nobody can - and probably won’t be able to for a couple of months. Orders, however, are being taken for when normality returns. Fortunately, there’s a lot of material online, and I might be able to start on your research, while we wait for the archive doors to open again. 



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.


If you want a full CV, testimonials and that sort of thing get in touch.


Today I offer:


            Research – people, places and subjects

            Writing – articles, books and web pages

            Teaching – lectures, courses and online seminars

            Other skills – editing, pictures and a military ancestors package


So why not get in touch?