Heritage CV

(updated 28 October 2016)
 
Heritage Employment History
1988-1990
Tour Guide at Epworth Old Rectory, Lincolnshire, the childhood home of John and Charles Wesley, the founders of Methodism.
 
1990-1997
Tour guide and historical re-enactor at Gainsborough Old Hall, Lincolnshire, a medieval manor house; one-time home of Queen Catherine Parr, the last wife of Henry VIII, and a secret place of worship for some of the Mayflower Pilgrims.
 
1999-2005
Tour Guide and gallery assistant at Nottingham Castle, famous for Robin Hood.
 
1999-2005
Undertook new research into fine art and artists in the Nottingham Castle collection.
 
Feb. 2006
Queerstory Tours founded (as Pegasus Tours) – lgbt history tours of Nottingham.
 
Feb. 2008
Founder member of Nottinghamshire’s Rainbow Heritage (NRH) set up with Heritage Lottery Funding to research and record the lgbt history of the county.
 
2011
Produced material on lgbt participation in sport and lgbt Olympic athletes for the LGBT History Month and Federation of Gay Games websites.
 
Exhibitions and Displays
May 1988
“Wesley 200”, a week-long exhibition to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Methodism.
 
July 2001
“Misterton Millennium”, a week-long exhibition in my home village covering 1,000 years of its history, co-produced with my brother.
 
Jan. 2005
Contributed research into gay victims for the Holocaust Memorial Day display at Nottingham Castle.
 
Feb. 2007
Contributed material to the week-long exhibition at Nottinghamshire County Hall, West Bridgeford, to celebrate LGBT History month.
 
Feb. 2008
Contributed new research on the gay origins of Robin Hood ballads to the NRH exhibition at Waterstone’s, Nottingham, to celebrate LGBT History Month.
 
Feb. 2009
Contributed new research on lgbt ancestries for the NRH exhibition at Waterstone’s, Nottingham, to celebrate LGBT History Month.
 
Feb. 2010
Contributed new research to the NRH event at Nottingham Council House and the NRH exhibition at Broadway Cinema, Nottingham, to celebrate LGBT History Month.
 
Feb. 2011
Week-long display at Nottinghamshire County Hall, West Bridgeford, including ground-breaking research into lgbt
Olympic athletes, for LGBT History Month.
 
July 2012
Display of LGBT Participation in the Olympics at Nottinghamshire Pride.
 
Feb. 2013
Week-long display at Nottinghamshire County Hall, West Bridgeford to celebrate LGBT History Month.
 
Feb. 2014
Contributed to the NRH display at Nottingham Council House to celebrate LGBT History Month.
 
July 2014
Contributed to the NRH display and stall at Nottinghamshire Pride.
 
July 2015
Contributed to the NRH display and stall at Nottinghamshire Pride.
 
Feb. 2016
Contributed to the NRH display at Nottingham Council House to celebrate LGBT History Month.
 
July 2016
Contributed to the NRH display and stall at Nottinghamshire Pride concentrating on local lgbt Olympians and an updated list of lgbt Olympians attending the Rio de Janeiro Olympic and Paralympic Games.
 
 
 
Presentations (including PowerPoint)
Oct. 1995
“Heraldry – the Floral Border in the Garden of History” for the Kirton-in-Lindsey Society, Lincolnshire.
 
May 1996
“Heraldry of Gainsborough Old Hall” for the Friends of the Old Hall Association, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire.
 
Apr. 2007
“Robin Hood – the Forest Queen?” – illustrated talk for the “Breakout” gay/bi men’s group in Nottingham on medieval Nottingham and the gay origin of the Robin Hood ballads.
 
May 2009
“Who Does Ray Think He Is?” – illustrated talk for the “Breakout” gay/bi men’s group in Nottingham featuring specially researched ancestry of the group’s chairman.
 
Dec. 2010
“The Gayest Games in Ancient Greece” – PowerPoint presentation for the “Breakout” gay/bi men’s group in Nottingham on lgbt participation in sport in Ancient Greece.
 
June 2011
“Putting The Flags Out” – PowerPoint presentation for the “Breakout” gay/bi men’s group in Nottingham on the history of lgbt flags.
 
Feb. 2014
“Winter Pride” – PowerPoint slideshow on the history of lgbt participation at the Winter Olympic Games for the NRH celebration of LGBT History Month at the Council House, Nottingham.
 
 
Media appearances
Sept. 2001
BBC Radio Lincolnshire, being interviewed with my brother about the local history of Misterton and West Stockwith.
 
Aug. 2003
Carlton TV programme “History Detectives”, taking presenter John Samuels on a tour of the underground caves at Nottingham Castle.
 
Jan. 2006
First of five appearances on BBC Radio Nottingham’s John Holmes programme, talking about genealogy and my research into his family tree.
 
July 2009
Special feature on BBC Radio Nottingham on the gay origins of the earliest Robin Hood ballads.
 
Dec. 2012
Featured in a documentary for German television about Robin Hood.
 
Feb. 2014
Special hour-long programme on lgbt history broadcast by the Nottingham Trent University students’ organisation.
 
July 2016
Collaborated with Outsports.com on compiling a list of openly lgbt athletes at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Contributed to several international media interviews on lgbt Olympians.