Historical Consultant, 'Family Footsteps' 3-part series, BBC Northern Ireland

Activity: Consultancy typesWork on advisory panel to industry or government or non-government organisation


As an expert in the social history of nineteenth-century Ireland, I was approached by Waddell Media to ask if I would act as historical consultant on their three-part documentary, 'Family Footsteps', that traced the social history of one Ulster family over many generations. I worked with the producer to identify key areas for discussion, provide background information on the social and historical context, and recommend academics who might be interviewed for the programme. I was also interviewed as an expert in two out of the three episodes.

The impact of my work on viewers is demonstrated by the result of an online survey conducted on two evenings on which Family Footsteps was aired (n=65):
- 55% respondents said they had gained a greater insight into life in nineteenth- century Ulster as a result of the programme
- 49% said they had a better understanding of the region’s social history.
- 42% said they would now like to find out more about the social history of the region.
Work forWaddell Media Ltd, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • nineteenth century
  • Ulster History
  • family history