Since The 1940s House and The Edwardian Country House I have appeared on a number of programmes shown on BBC One, Two and Four, Channel Four, the History Channel, Yesterday and others. These include The Young Victoria; Reputations: Edward VII; Crime in Wartime; The 100 Greatest War Films; Supersize Me (the Edwardian period and the 1950s); The Lost Decade; Timewatch; Demob; Family Ties; Victoria and Empire; BBC Events D-Day and VE Day; Blitztown; The Belfast Blitz; Glamour’s Golden Age; The Great British Bake In; Ration Book Britain; Royal Palaces; Heir Hunters; Family Ties.
As a social historian, I was a guest several times on the now defunct Richard and Judy Show, and have taken Dinner with [Michael] Portillo and in 2010 was the historian appearing in all six episode of Turn Back Time; the High Street for BBC One.
I presented a documentary on Barbara Hepworth on Radio Three in May 2011, one on the 50th anniversary of the M1 motorway for Radio Four in 2010, and an interval essay about 1910 during the proms season a 100 years later.
I have been a guest on Nightwaves, Front Row, Woman’s Hour, the Today programme, the World at One, the Jeremy Vine Show, Fry’s English Delight, ‘Events Time Forgot’ on Labour Exchanges and on the Munich Agreement with Michael Portillo, a BBC Four discussion programme with Professor Sir Richard Kershaw on the Blitz, the Westminster Hour, the Nicky Campbell show, the Simon Mayo programme, the Robert Elms show and many BBC local radio programmes.
Journalism and Reviews
I have written and reviewed for the Guardian, The Times, Financial Times, Daily and Sunday Telegraph, Daily Mail and the Mail on Sunday, Daily Express, the New Statesman, Spectator, Times Educational Supplement, the Oldie, the Literary Review, Slightly Foxed, BBC History, History Today, Who Do You Think You Are?, IWM Despatches.
In 2009 I was one of the judges with Anthony Howard (chair) and Gillian Tindall, for the Hessell-Tiltman prize for history. I am a trustee and member of the board of History Today, a member of Hackney Central Conservation and Architectural Advisory Board, a member of the Management Committee of the Society of Authors and am involved in a major exhibition initiative with the Stephen Spender Trust.