User:Stephen Gadd

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Dr Stephen Gadd

History was the first subject I dropped at school, because it was boring (Kings and Queens, blah blah blah) and they wouldn't let me drop P.E.. I then worked (briefly) for British Rail, took a degree in Engineering, and travelled the world for 30 years as an opera singer before gaining my PhD in 2019 for a study of Early Modern river navigation. This has got me very interested in transport history more generally, and in particular in the economic and infrastructural changes that derived (in part) from a reformation in property rights that began in the 1530s.

I'm excited by the potential of a collaborative network of local expertise for gathering data, on a national scale, that will reveal the interconnections of our past.