My interest in Leicestershire history saw me spend over twenty years researching my family tree, in the process discovering that I am related through my maternal line to great grandfathers who were Freemen of the Town of Leicester, and through my paternal line to Tom Norman, the showman who exhibited Joseph Merrick, this led to in-depth research into the Merrick and Potterton families, and life in Leicester at the time Joseph was growing up.

For the past four years I have worked as a Verger at Leicester Cathedral and appeared on local East Midlands television, radio and newspapers supporting the re-internment of King Richard III in Leicester. During the week of Richard III's reburial I worked as part of the floral team responsible for the displays inside and outside the Cathedral assisting Royal florist Rosemary Hughes.


As well as local radio interviews and newspaper articles relating to my research on Joseph Merrick and Leicester, in April 2018 I appeared alongside Michael Portillo in his new documentary series 'Hidden History of Britain' aired on Channel 5.

In April 2019 I discovered the final resting place of Joseph Carey Merrick. Although Joseph's skeleton is at the Queen Mary Medical College in London, Joseph's remains had a Christian funeral and burial at the City of London Cemetery and Crematorium. In June 2019, the officials at the cemetery placed a brass plaque on Joseph's grave.

This discovery went global and led to many interviews, including the Washington Post, Australian Breakfast T.V, Canadian Breakfast Radio, Channel 5 Live, History Channel and many local and international T.V/Radio and newspaper stations.

If you would like to book me for a talk, help with research or a tour of Leicester please use the contact form and get in touch.


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