Our Tutors

Terry Brown, B.Sc., Ph.D.

Terry Brown became fascinated with the natural world when he was very young. He began his research career studying the effects of metal pollution on microbes and the tolerance that some plants display to high concentrations of toxic metals. He then became excited by DNA and worked on genes in fungi for a few years. In the late 1980s, Terry became interested in ancient DNA and was one of the first people to study DNA in bones and preserved plant remains. This work has required close collaboration with archaeologists, both in Manchester and elsewhere, and has led to his current interests in the origins of agriculture, genetic profiling of archaeological skeletons and the evolution of disease. Terry was appointed Professor of Biomolecular Archaeology at UMIST in 2000 and now works in the University of Manchester. He has written a number of undergraduate textbooks including Gene Cloning and DNA Analysis: An Introduction (5th edition, Blackwell Science, 2005) and Genomes (3rd edition, Garland Science, 2006).

 

Terry has presented courses on 'DNA in Forensic Science and Archaeology' and 'DNA and modern Medicine' and "The Path to the Genetic Code"

R.S. Callow, B.Sc., Ph.D.

Robert Callow  was a lecturer at Manchester University for almost thirty years (1974-2003) and a tutor with the Open University for nine (1992-2000). He appeared on the Channel 4 series “Six experiments that changed the world”. His research publications have been mainly concerned with chromosomal evolution in plants but he has taught plant ecology on numerous field-courses, both in the Mediterranean and in Britain. He has also led botanical holidays for the tour-company Cox and Kings. He is author, with Dr L.M. Cook, of Genetic and Evolutionary Diversity (Stanley-Thornes, 1999). Bob is a founder member of Glossop Guild and served on the committee for many years. He has also presented numerous courses for us on subjects associated with Botany.

Jeremy Dale, B.Sc., Ph.D.

Jeremy Dale is Emeritus Professor of Microbiology at the University of Surrey. He is author of the very successful Molecular Genetics of Bacteria.  He has a special interest in the properties and control of the bacterium which causes bovine tuberculosis. Jeremy is an active supporter of Glossop Guild. He has already presented an informative and enlightening lecture entitled ‘Good and Bad Bugs’ and is back by popular demand.


 

Creina Mansfield, M.A., Ph.D.

Creina Mansfield teaches English literature. Her special interest is in the history of the modern novel and the construction of narrative, particularly in the works of Graham Greene.. She has recently presented a ten week course 'Aspects of the Novel' for the Wilmslow Guild. Creina presented a five-week course on Graham Greene's War in Spring 2010 and a ten-week course entitled 'The First World War - Three Testaments of Youth' in Spring 2011. She collaborates with Dr Alan Sennett in presenting Day-Schools on English Films, at which she contributes information on scripts, script-writers and the motivation behind the film. Creina and Alan Sennett have collaborated on three Film-Days for Glossop Guild: on 'The Third Man', 'Casablanca', 'The Quiet American',  'The Manchurian Candidate', 'Lawrence of Arabia', 'A Passage to India' and 'Good night and Good Luck'. In 2015 Creina presented a course entitled "The Bloomsbury Set"

Alan Sennett, M.A., Ph.D

Alan Sennett is an Associate Lecturer at the Open University and teaches modern history, politics and film at Manchester and Liverpool universities. He also lectures for a number of adult educational organisations in addition to freelance research and writing. He studied modern history at Sheffield City Polytechnic, took his M.A. in Political Sociology at Leeds University and a Ph.D. at Manchester University. Research interests include political organisations in the Spanish Civil War, and film propaganda in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s (including cinema of Empire, Hollywood, Soviet and Weimar cinemas and the documentary film movement in Britain).  Alan presented a ten-week courses on 'Britain and the Middle East' in Spring 2011 'Britain in the 1950s' in Spring 2012. He is a founder member of History Inc. Other members include Martin Jervis, B.A., Ph.D. who teaches English and American political history at the University of Bolton and Christopher Makepeace, B.A. who is an expert on the local history of Manchester. Further details can be found at their website:- http://www.historyinc.org.uk

Alan collaborates with Creina Mansfield in presenting Day-Schools on English Films, at which he contributes historical context and details of the film-maker's craft.   Alan and Creina have collaborated on five Film-Days for Glossop Guild: on 'The Third Man', 'Casablanca', 'The Quiet American', 'The Manchurian Candidate', 'Lawrence of Arabia', 'A Passage to India' and 'Good nIght and Good Luck'. In 2015 Alan lectured to us on  "World Empires"
 

Mike Cavanagh, B.A. Ph.D

Mike Cavanagh specialises in Semitic languages and the languages of Northeast Africa. His original interest in Arabic culture and history grew from working in Libya and the Gulf States. Following graduation from Leeds and Edinburgh Universities, he taught at the King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He has travelled in Morocco, Syria and Jordan as well as Turkey and several Central Asian countries.

Nigel Linge, B.Sc., Ph.D.

Nigel Linge is Professor of Telecommunications at the University of Salford. He specialises in computer networks and their applications. He also takes a keen interest in the engineering achievements that lie at the heart of our telecommunications revolution and the way in which they have transformed our lives. Nigel is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered IT Professional.

Birgitta Hoffman, M.A., Ph.D.

Dr Birgitta Hoffmann is an Honorary Research Fellow at Liverpool University and Co-Director of the Roman Gask Project. She teaches or has taught Archaeology, Ancient History and Latin at UCD Dublin, Manchester, Queen’s College Canada and Virginia Military Institute Virginia. She also lectures for a number of adult educational organisations in addition to freelance research and writing. She studied Roman Archaeology, Early Medieval Archaeology and Ancient History at Freiburg University in Germany. She has an M.A. in Roman Archaeology from Durham University and a Ph.D. in Roman Archaeology from Freiburg University. Birgitta Hoffmann is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and has published widely, especially on trade and long-distance contact across borders, military archaeology of the Roman and early modern periods, as well as Roman history and archaeology. She is Chairperson of the Wilmslow Community Archaeology Group. Birgitta presented five-week courses entitled 'The Roman Conquests of Britain' in Autumn 2010 and 'The Vikings at Home and Abroad' in Autumn 2011. Birgitta has also run twe highly successful day-schools, one on Roman Cookery and another on Medieval Cookery. In 2015 she lectured on "The Rise and Rise of Venice".

Peter Webb, B.Sc., Ph.D.

Pete Webb collected his first fossils in his back garden at the age of 4. He read geology at London University, graduating in 1967. The next four years were spent studying the volcanism of the African Rift Valley for his Ph.D. After a spell in academia, Peter joined the oil industry in 1974, working as a well-site geologist in the North Sea. Since then, he has worked in several continents, particularly in the southern hemisphere. He now works as a part-time consultant, mostly overseas managing explorations and providing training. Back home, he delivers public lectures, particularly on fracking for oil and shale gas. Peter collected his first fossils in his back garden at the age of 4.

Mark Henderson, BA, B.Sc., MB, ChB, PhD.

Born in the Peak District in 1946, I attended Edinburgh Medical School in the 1960s. After some time in practice I moved into research, obtaining a PhD in the process, and afterwards took up a university post. I gained a Readership, then took early retirement in the 1990s. A widower, my family grown up and left home, I moved to Glossop in 2002 to look after my ageing parents. I set up a one-man editing business that I could run from home while executing my caring responsibilities; I’ve mainly specialised in medical and scientific manuscripts, but I’ve edited some fiction work as well. At the same time (2002) I began to try my hand at fiction writing and also started to collect and research local folktales. A volume of my short stories was published in 2008 and a novel in 2009; then a children’s story, a spoof fairy-tale, was e-published in Texas. In 2010, Amberley Publishing brought out my study of the well-known Peak District legend & Murders in the Winnats Pass and a year later they published my collection of 62 Peak District folktales.

Richard Langthorp, B.Sc., M.Sc.

Richard Langthorp has a degree in Geology.  Richard has a degree in Geology.  His main interest is environmental change, and he recently completed a part-time MSc; his dissertation was on the nature of the recent reduction of sea ice area.  In 2005 he formed Rock n Stroll to provide leisure and educational services in the Earth and Life Sciences through the medium of guided walks, documentaries and educational talks.

Ian Moss, B.Sc, M.Sc.

Ian Moss has always lived near a canal. His childhood home overlooked the Leeds-Liverpool Canal near Chorley and his current home is close to the Peak Forest Canal in Marple. A physics teacher by profession, Ian has taken a close interest in canals and railways all his working life. He has given numerous lectures on this subject and is a past President of the Railway & Canal Historical Society and is now a Vice President.
 

Rachel Johnson, Mus.B (Hons.), Dip. ABRSM

Rachel is a PhD candidate at the Royal Northern College of Music, researching the place of music in the social and cultural structures of early-Victorian Manchester.  She is particularly interested in the development of musical philanthropy, entrepreneurship and engagement.  She is also a freelance flautist and teacher, as well as a musician in the Army Reserve.

Barry Lee, M.A., M.Ed.

Barry Lee comes from Huddersfield. He worked for several years in the computer industry before joining higher education. Barry has taught and researched in computing, writing several standard textbooks in the process. He gradually moved into senior management at the University of Huddersfield, where he became Pro Vice-Chancellor. Since retiring in 2005, he has become an active supporter of Christian Aid, Action Aid, Fairtrade and Church Action on Poverty.


 

Paul Bush

Alongside a career with the BBC as a sound mixer Paul developed a passion for history and architecture, and has published several articles on the

building of Peterborough Cathedral.

Paul was born into a bell-ringing family and began ringing as a small boy. Many decades later he is still at it and has made a study of the history of the art. His interest in Glossop Parish Church also introduced him to the work of Matthew Hadfield, who with his son & grandson were responsible for the building as it stands today.

 

Claire Sweeney

Claire has a lifelong interest in music, particularly singing and piano, and as accompanist.  She teaches music in schools and privately, and has established and conducted choirs in Cheshire.

Brian Peters, B.A., Ph.D.

Brian is a performer and researcher of English folk music.  A singer and multi-instrumentalist, he has appeared at folk festivals and concerts in the UK, USA, Australia and Canada.  As a teacher and lecturer he is known for his expertise on traditional ballads and taught classes at many North American summer schools, as well as publishing original research into the history of folk songs and the collectors who preserved them, culminating in a presentation at the Library of Congress, Washington DC in 2015.  Brian writes for 'The Folk Music Journal', 'Living Tradition' and others.

Patrick Joyce, Emeritus Prof. of History, Univ. of Manchester and Honorary Prof. of History, Univ. of Edinburgh

Patrick Joyce is a British social historian who has also worked on political history. He is also known for his theoretical work on the nature of history, especially on the relationship between history and the social sciences. He has consistently challenged academic orthodoxies, and been a radical voice in successive debates about the direction of social and cultural history since the 1970s. While his research has ranged widely from the politics of class in Victorian England to the formation of the modern self, it has always shown a preoccupation with liberalism, governance and the nature of freedom. Although his work has concentrated on Britain, its influence has registered worldwide, not only in Britain and North America.

Martin Porter, B.Sc.

Martin Porter has been an environmental activist for most of the last 20 years and has shared a police cell with Greenpeace Director Peter Melchett and been Swampy's spin doctor. He has campaigned against the building of the Newbury bypass and the second runway at Manchester Airport and was part of the successful Greenpeace campaign to stop the growing of GM crops. More recently he has been campaigning against fracking and organised the Manchester People's Climate March. He has a degree in astrophysics and is a social worker by profession.
 

Michael Howard, F.R.S.A and Ghislaine Howard

Michael and Ghislaine have lived in Glossop for over thirty years; Michael is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a well-known art historian and artist who has written many books on art, including the definitive study on Lowry: L. S. Lowry: Visionary Artist, The Impressionists by Themselves and not least, working with Ghislaine: Ghislaine Howard: the Human Touch which was published earlier this year.

 

Ghislaine is an artist of international reputation, who was named as a Woman of the Year in 2008 for her contributions to art and society. She has work in many collections, including the Whitworth, Manchester Art Gallery and the Royal Collection. She is currently working on a major project relating to the idea of the Seven Works of Mercy.

Till Geiger, Lic. oec. HSG, M. Sc., Phd

Till studied economics at the University of St Gallen in Switzerland before completing an M.Sc. in Economic History at  the London School of Economics where he was a research officer. He gained his PHD at the University of Aberdeen where he taught International History (1989-92). He taught European economic history and political economy at Queen's University Belfast from 1992 until 2001. Till joined Manchester University History Department as a part-time lecturer and research fellow from 2001-2015 .  In April 2009 Till was appointed  Visiting Researcher at  Instituto de Ciências Sociais, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal.

He has published one book and numerous articles on Britain, Ireland and Germany as well as transatlantic relations since 1918.

Bob Gellatly, BSc, MSC, PhD

I was brought up in London and Kent where, as a child, I developed an interest in railways ie I became a trainspotter! It was only when attending Sheffield University that I became aware of the former Great Central Railway heritage in the city. I have lived and worked in South Yorkshire since then as a teacher of Chemistry, both in comprehensive schools and a Sixth Form College. It was by attending a talk hosted by a local history group that I became aware of the Great Central Railway Society which I subsequently joined. The society is often confused with the heritage railway based at Loughborough. The GCRS is an historical society that encourages an interest in the GCR, its progenitors and successors. Following my retirement in 2006, I took on the role of Editor of the quarterly journal Forward and Webmaster (www.gcrsociety.co.uk). I give talks to clubs and societies on a range of railway related topics.

Judith Wilshaw, BSc

I was brought up in the Marple area, where I still live, and I taught Science for many years, which explains an interest in industrial archaeology and the technical aspects of machinery and plant associated with the Industrial Revolution.  I started running adult education classes in Local History in 1992 and this rapidly became a passion and driving force of my life.   I seek to inform and enhance people’s understanding of their locality with talks on the history of the area and by direct observation in the field.

Ed Glinert

Ed Glinert is one of the country’s most prolific tour guides who works in Manchester, Liverpool and London, is an experienced journalist (ten years on Private Eye) and respected author for Penguin Books, HarperCollins and Bloomsbury. Ed is the founder of City Life, former staff writer for Private Eye and one-time production editor of the rock ‘n’ roll magazine Mojo, Ed is also a celebrated author whose recent Manchester Compendium was described by the Independent newspaper as a “superb work of in-depth research and dry Northern wit”. This irked Ed a little for he hails from London, Dalston no less, though he has lived in Manchester for 36 years.

Les Berry, BA, MA

For many years before taking retirement I was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the Manchester Metropolitan University, teaching across all of the department's degrees and supervising dissertations. My particular interests lay in the areas of Victorian literature and twentieth century American literature and culture.

In parallel with my professional career I have always pursued a keen interest in music, singing in choral societies and performing with both small jazz groups and big bands. Hence my particular fascination with the composers and works of the Great American Songbook.

Roly Smith, FRGS

Recently described as “one of Britain’s most celebrated nature writers”, I am a commissioning editor for Frances Lincoln publishing, a freelance writer, editor and media consultant, and the author of  90 books on walking and the countryside. I am vice president and an honorary life member of the Outdoor Writers’ and Photographers’ Guild, a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

 

I took voluntary early retirement in 1997 after a 13-year career as Head of Information Services with the Peak District National Park to concentrate on my freelance writing. Previously I enjoyed a 20-year, award-winning career in daily paper journalism, latterly with the Birmingham Post & Mail, and have been dubbed ‘Mr Peak District’ by the local media. I regularly feature on national and local TV and radio, including  BBC1 Breakfast, Flog it, Walking through History and Look North.

Professor Valerie Bryson

Valerie is Professor Emerita of Politics (ie officially retired but still academically active) at the University of Huddersfield.  She misses teaching, so she’s looking forward to her sessions with the Glossop Guild.

Valerie has published extensively on feminist theory and politics.  Her most-read book is Feminist Political Theory (latest edition 2016), and she is currently working on a new book for Manchester University Press: Feminism: contemporary challenges and debates. She taught and researched at a number of UK universities before joining the University of Huddersfield in 1992.  

Professor John W Derry

Emeritus Professor John Derry studied history at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Following national service in the RAF he returned to Emmanuel College as a resident fellow. In 1961 he was appointed lecturer at the London School of Economics before returning to Cambridge to a lectureship at Downing College. 1970 saw the beginning of his distinguished career at Newcastle University where he ultimately became professor of history. His many publications include twelve books, including biographies of Pitt, Fox, Castlereagh and Grey.

Laura Houseman Phd, MA, BA (Hons)

Dr Laura Houseman studied Archaeology at the University of Manchester where she received her PhD. Her main area of research explores the management, meaning and perception of fresh water in Minoan Crete and is particularly interested in new approaches to understanding the complexity of Minoan society and the roles of art, architecture and religion in expressing this complexity. Laura has recently taught courses on ‘Living and Dying’ in the ancient Mediterranean world, and has given lectures on Minoan religion, burial practices, and the role and meaning of the sea in ancient Crete at the University of Manchester. Laura is also an independent researcher and is currently working on several publications.

Frank Vigon

Frank Vigon and his wife Sarnie were joint head teachers of Menorah Cheder, a highly popular inner city Media Arts High School for 12 years. He is currently an education consultant lecturing on education and examinations to teachers and sixth form students.

He lectures on a variety of topics to adult audiences including Politics, History, Education, Art History and Judaism. He was responsible for coordinating and managing the campaign to restore the grave of the Jewish Pre-Raphaelite painter Simon Solomon. He is also a copyist of well-known works of art in particular: Picasso, Matisse, Egon,  Scheiler and Miro and a director and performer of plays performed by MADs .

Terry Goble BA, BSc, PhD

Terry started working life as a Geography teacher in the east end of London and progressed through the ranks to become a Deputy Head of a comprehensive school. He then moved  into the University sector as a lecturer in Computing and Management. After several years of devising courses including an MBA he became Training Manager at an international telecommunications company. After several years he returned to education and became Head of Computing at a college. Another change took him back to industry as a consultant. The last fourteen years of his career, before retiring he spend at an international IT company finishing as Project Director.

 

Terry retired to Castleton and has always enjoyed reading and walking. Many years ago he found some walks that had references to literature in the Peak District. When he checked them they turned out to be wrong. He followed it through and decided to write a few short walks exploring the literature of the area. That then grew and grew until he came up with the idea for a book the The Literary Way. (see "publications page)

Professor Simon Bulmer  MA, PhD

Simon Bulmer took an undergraduate degree in European Studies at Loughborough University (1972-75), a Masters in European Politics at Hull (1975-6), and then took his PhD at the London School of Economics on European Policy-Making in the Federal Republic of Germany. He was lecturer in the Department of Economics, Heriot-Watt University (1979-83), in European Studies at UMIST (1983-9) and then joined the Department of Government at the University of Manchester, where he was promoted to a professorship in 1995 and was Head of Department 2001-4. Simon was awarded a Jean Monnet ad personam professorship in 1999. Simon is currently a Professor at Sheffield University.

His principal research interests are European Union-member state relations (especially Germany and the UK); German politics, EU governance; and new/historical institutionalism.

Dave Stannard

Dave is a retired Youth & Community Worker, now living in North Yorkshire. In 2016/17 he worked as a human rights observer with the World Council of Churches (Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme). His team was based in East Jerusalem.

Owen Russell

Owen Russell grew up on Howard Street, directly opposite Glossop Central, and began watching trains even before learning to read. In time this activity developed into an immense curiosity, which led to a great deal of research about the steam era in Glossop and district. The end result (to date) has been two full length books, and numerous articles, talks and lectures.

Patrick Harding BSc, DPhil

Born in Dublin with degrees from Bangor (BSc) and York (DPhil) he taught plant ecology and evolution to undergraduates in Ulster before moving to the University of Sheffield in 1978 where he ran the adult natural science programme for 18 years. Now a freelance author (7 books on nature, 1 on Christmas), lecturer (including for Oxford and Cambridge universities) leader of study tours and broadcaster; he has featured many times on television and radio. A popular speaker on a wide range of subjects, Patrick lives in Sheffield and is married to Jean Binney, a botanical artist - he has two grown up children; Martin and Bryony.

Matthew Cox BA

Matthew spent almost a decade volunteering at the Glossop Heritage Centre on Henry Street until its closure in 2009.

Matthew, who was born and bred in the town, said: "It all stemmed from when I was at school and we visited the heritage centre, I was caught by the buzz of it. When I was 12 I went along and did some volunteering and I was there right up until the closure" He clockied up over 15.000 hours of voluntary dedication to the town and his local knowledge is second to none.

As well as studying history at university Matthew is a keen actor, theatre director, Music Hall enthusiast, history columnist and the founder of Glossop Tours which provides guided tours around the historical sites of Glossop.

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Professor Ian Morison

Ian Morison is Emeritus Gresham Professor of Astronomy, having recently held the oldest chair of astronomy in the world and is in his 54th year at the Jodrell Bank Observatory. He has written 6 books on astronomy along with many magazine articles and is a founder member and now patron of the Macclesfield Astronomical Society. 

Eileen Murphy 

Eileen Murphy is a professional theatre writer and director.  She has worked at Bolton Octagon, the Dukes, Lancaster, the Library Theatre, Manchester, M6 Theatre in Rochdale and numerous other community and touring companies.  She was delighted to be commissioned some years ago to write ‘Hannah’ a monologue about Hannah Mitchell for the People’s History Museum in Manchester.  Eileen is based in Bolton

Alison Loughlin Phd

Dr Alison Loughlin has been an HE lecturer in Philosophy for almost 30 years, with teaching experience extending from Pre-Socrates to contemporary and applied philosophy.  She has published works on epistemology, philosophy of science and on issues relating to health and social justice, and has also delivered many courses for the public, most recently on the meaning of life

Kevin Harrison 

Kevin Harrison holds degrees from Leicester, Aberystwyth and the Open Unversity.  He has taught history and politics, in one form or another in Further and Higher Education for almost thirty-five years.  Of history, Kevin agrees with Cicero: “to be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to forever remain a child”.  Of politics, he believes the old adage, “You might not be interested in politics, but you can be sure that politics is interested in you.”

Anthony Brocklebank BSc (Tech),  AMCST

Anthony Brocklebank's  started his career as an Assistant Engineer working with Manchester Water Works in the field of water reservoir protection. He graduated from UMIST in 1963 and was appointed Assistant Engineer in MCWW in Kendal, Westmorland.

In 1966 he took a permanent position with the Distribution and Treatment Department of MCWW based at Arnfield, Tintwistle. After several moves and promotions he retired from United Utilities as a Group Manager.

Ellie Wilcox, MA, BA

Ellie Wilcox has an undergraduate degree in the History of Art & Design and an M.A. in Creative Writing from the Manchester Writing School.  She has taught English to speakers of other languages in both the UK and China and has also taught creative writing in schools, hospitals and other community settings.  Currently, Ellie works at Chatsworth House as a Guide, providing tours and talks on the house and gardens. She is particularly interested in Dutch art and culture of the 16th and 17th centuries, as well as the English country house and garden.

Ashley Hern

Ashley Hern teaches at Manchester Grammar School and has degrees in Ancient and Modern History from Oxford and Manchester Universities.  He has lectured on a huge range of global history topics in adult education, from the origins of Islam to Mesoamerican civilisation.  Ashley is also the author of a book 1066: The Mythical Battle, which looks at how the English think about their past.

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