I grew up in Amble, a small coastal town in North-East England. Went to school in the county town of Alnwick. Ventured further afield to Stirling University in the 70′s. Returned to N.E to work in Newcastle for a few years, then headed for London in the 80′s. In 1986 I moved to Norway for a two year assignment and stayed. Living in Norway makes it an interesting logistical challenge getting time to dig into archives in the UK, so I really have to focus on good preplanning internet research to get the most out of each trip back to the UK.
Who do I think I am?
My childhood memories indicate humble beginnings from lines of pitmen and fisherfolk, with my parents’ generation being the first to break the mould in terms of lifestyle and location. I am curious about how my ancestors lives were constrained by the situation they were born into and how their constraints and choices have impacted on my own personality and lifestyle.