DrAndrewLewis (1)


I studied English literature and history at the West London Institute of Higher Education from 1983 to 1986. I graduated with a first class honours degree, and in 1990 I began a PhD researching British West Indian newspapers during the 1820s and 1830s. I was awarded my doctorate in 1994, and passed the
viva without the need to rewrite. An article based on part of the PhD was published in 1995 in Slavery & Abolition, the leading academic journal in the field. I have continued with intermittent research since completion, and have uncovered a great deal of additional material which I am currently incorporating into the original PhD with the goal of eventual publication.

From 1995 to 2002 I worked at the Historical Manuscripts Commission (HMC), where I assisted with maintaining and developing the National Register of Archives, and was heavily involved in researching, writing and editing the HMC’s twelfth guide to sources for British history (
Papers of British Antiquaries and Historians (2003)). I moved from the HMC to a firm of professional probate genealogists in 2002, and remained with the company until May 2010. I have worked as a freelance researcher and editor since then, and also currently work part-time as an Information Assistant in the Teaching and Learning Support Team at the Mile End campus Library of Queen Mary University of London.