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Amber Berkeley


Amber Berkeley

Amber Berkeley is currently a gap year student hoping to study English Literature in September 2018. Amber is proudly South African-British and enjoys ballet, reading, and writing short stories.


Freyalynn Close-Hainsworth


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Nicola Clarke


Nikki Clarke

I am doing an MA in Early Modern History at Birkbeck, I have a particular interest in the social and cultural history of the Commonwealth and the Protectorate. I am an enthusiastic if not necessarily very skilled embroiderer and a recorder player with a passion for Renaissance and Baroque music.


Colin Greenstreet


Colin Greenstreet and Bron (a Hungarian vizsla)

Colin Greenstreet is facilitating our new group of volunteers, who are starting in January 2018. He is also one of two facilitators of the Warwick transcription programme, which started in November 2017. He is a co-founder and co-director of the MarineLives project. He studied human sciences, and philosophy, politics and economics, at the University of Oxford, and was the recipient of a Kennedy scholarship for study at Harvard Business School. His career has been spent in finance, consulting, pharmaceutical research and development, and as an entrepreneur.

Likes: Mountains, languages, travel, and dogs (plus wife, Yerevag; elder daughter and musician, Rebecca; and younger daughter and aspiring neuroscientist, Francesca)


Susan Mee

Susan has an MA in the History of Textiles & Dress, & a history PhD. 'The Clothing of the Common Sort, 1570-1700', which Susan co-authored with the late Professor Margaret Spufford, is the latest volume to be published in the Pasold Studies in Textile History Series (OUP). Currently a freelance lecturer & researcher Susan has experience of working in museums, libraries & archives. She enjoys reading, walking (particularly along the bank of the River Deben near to where she lives), trying out 'textile related' crafts & spending time with her 14 month old grandson.


Axel Hee Rømer


Axel Hee Rømer

I study Medieval and Renaissance Archaeology at the University of Aarhus in Denmark. I've got interested in sailors lives under my bachelor work, and wanted to learn more about maritime culture in the renaissance and early modern period.

I like the outdoors, archaeology, music, food and traveling.



Deborah Sherlock


Deborah Sherlock hill walking

Deborah Sherlock is an academic librarian at Queen's University Belfast. She holds a PhD in history, also from Queen's, and this was published in 2009 as Women, marriage and property in the wealthy landed class in Ireland, 1750-1850 (MUP).

Likes: Running, trees, beaches, her GSD/Lab cross Indi and of course her husband Kieran and two young children Joe and Lucia.

Favourite place on Earth: Donegal, on the beach, all seasons.



Samantha Thompson


Sam in the stacks.

Samantha Thompson is currently a government and local history archivist for one of Canada’s largest municipalities. She has worked with special collections in several Canadian universities and museums. She holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of Toronto and an MLIS from Western University. She is also a musician and a salted snacks enthusiast. To find out more about what archivists do so you can cheer them on (they deserve it) check out her series "Archives FAQs and Facts".