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 Like tortoises, archives and research libraries are slowly awakening from hibernation and are beginning to reopen to researchers. That’s the good news. The bad is that there are now severe restrictions about when you can visit and the numbers of documents that can be consulted, designed to protect other readers and staff members as well as the documents themselves. All this means that although I am open for business again, it may take longer to complete the work you wish to commission from me. One hopes that the restrictions will be relaxed over time. 



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?