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 The current position is that archives and libraries should reopen in mid-April 2021. This assumes that the English Covid roadmap is adhered to. Museums, which presumably also includes museum archives, are scheduled to reopen in mid-May. However, I do have a considerable backlog of work for other clients resulting from commissions in 2020 that couldn't be completed because of last year's lockdowns. And no doubt it will be many months after opening before archives and libraries offer to a normal services, which will affect researchers and what they can undertake.  



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?