‘The past is a foreign country, they do things differently there’ (L P Hartley).   I’m a social historian, genealogist, full time writer of books and articles and a snoop into the past.   Here you can glimpse into the past via today –  differences and similarities between our world and and yesterday.

I specialise in media issues, trade and crafts, (My Ancestors Worked in Textile Mills was published in January 2020 by the Society of Genealogists); women’s history (Tracing your Female Ancestors  was published by Pen and Sword in 2019); and also deliver lectures on these subjects – lectures I hope are interesting, informative and fun.  Tracing your Trade and Craftsmen Ancestors was published by Pen and Sword in 2015.

Please explore the website to discover how modern life reflects ancient trade and craft practices  as well as how you can purchase my books or book me for a lecture.

Adèle Emm