While I was working as an accountant for Tate & Lyle, I began an OU Degree which, after a few years, seemed to be moving inexorably towards the classical world including years spent on 5th Century Athens, Culture Identity and Power in the Roman Empire, The Roman Family, and Homer: Poetry and Society.
The MA in Classical Studies followed this immediately and then, having been persuaded that I could go for a PhD, I left Tate & Lyle after almost 31 years and began researching Roman housing.
My successful thesis was entitled Accommodating the Urban Non-Elite in Roman Italy and was supervised by Professor Phil Perkins and Dr Valerie Hope. My Visiting Fellowship is to extend the focus on housing – and in particular non-elite housing - to other areas in the Roman Empire for eventual publication.
In addition, a model enabling comparison of urban areas based on the socio-economic status of their occupants which was proposed in the thesis, will be tested and written up for publication as a journal article.
My research interests are centred around urban formation in the ancient world, and housing in urban centre with a particular emphasis on that of the non-elite.
I also have a long-standing passion for Roman and Byzantine mosaics and will spend an inordinate amount of time on trips to Italy searching them out.
Outside of the ancient world, I have a keen interest in the built history of my local area in East London as a committee member of the Ilford Historical Society, and give talks to their meetings as well as publishing articles in their Newsletter. I also write on this subject forthe local press.