I gained my BA in Modern History at Sheffield 1981-4, and undertook doctoral research at Wolfson College, Oxford, 1984-8. My DPhil thesis is entitled Loyalty and Patriotism in Nottingham 1792-1816 (it is more interesting than it sounds). I have since gravitated towards more mainstream 20th century British history, editing the Diaries and Letters of Violet Bonham Carter in three volumes, 1996-2000; writing and revising numerous articles for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography; and editing a series of First World War texts for publication, including We Hope to Get Word Tomorrow (2009). From 2010 I helped Henry Hardy to complete his edition of the letters of Wolfson’s Founder President, Isaiah Berlin, co-editing (with Henry) Building: Letters 1960-75 and Affirming: Letters 1975-97. The latter work, published in 2015, brought this project to an end, but I continue as the Isaiah Berlin Legacy Fellow at Wolfson, seeking creative ways of encouraging an interest in IB’s remarkable life, and his endlessly fascinating works. I also continue to write on the First World War, and my latest project is an edition of a memoir entitled Gunner on the Somme.