A postgraduate Heritage & Interpretation student, I'm happy researching and scribbling all kinds of content from blog posts and articles to learning resources and press releases.
My Fascination with Dorothy Earnshaw
Dorothy Earnshaw was a Red Cross nurse (VAD) based at the Manor House Hospital, Folkestone during the First World War. Her battered little friendship album is a wonderful, personal and poignant record of one woman’s Great War.
Southborough & High Brooms First World War Walking Trails
Historical research and creation of learning materials for a Kent WW1 history project.
The Lucky Few
In the late 18th century, Reverend Townsend of Bermondsey began raising funds and awareness to create the first education for deaf children who did not come from wealthy homes.
The Many Lives of Alice Mary Lillie, Part 2
In her second look at the casenotes of one inmate of Chiswick House, Max focuses on her life in the years before she was admitted, and asks whether there are any clues here as to why she developed her illness.
The Many Lives of Alice Mary Lillie, Part 1
Maxine looks at the notes of another resident of Chiswick House, and finds a troubled woman gradually retreating into a world of make believe.
The Inheritance of Arthur Knowles
Maxine uncovers the story of a patient of Manor House Asylum, Chiswick who may have been suffering from a hereditary degenerative disease. Though further digging suggests there could be more to her initial diagnosis…
Folkestone's Forgotten Tragedy
A century ago, while the Great War raged on, Tontine Street in Folkestone was a bustling hive of enterprise, lined with colourful shopfronts, street vendors and shoppers...
Tender of their persons, and zealous of their rights: William Somner, a Canterbury hero
During the turbulent Civil War years in England, the future of the hospitals and almshouses in Canterbury must have felt decidedly wobbly...
The Battle of the Somme raged for five bloody months, from 1 July to 18 November 1916. A joint operation between France and Britain, the unprecedented action was designed to finally end 18 months of deadlock in the trenches and to force the Germans back from the Western Front.
Kent’s Hidden Coastal Heritage
We all know about the Leas, Royal Military Canal, Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway and other local heritage stalwarts, but what about the stories of the real people who have lived in and passed through our towns for centuries?
20 Reasons to Visit Lanzarote This Summer
Lanzarote is much more than your average sun, sea and sand holiday destination. We've found at least 20 reasons to give the popular Canary island a go this year.
Step Short: Remembering the soldiers of the Great War in Folkestone
Marking the 100th anniversary of World War 1, 1914-1918.
Website news content & Twitter for Step Short from spring 2016...
Game of Thrones Filming Locations
The sexy, bloody and super-popular series is inspiring fans from across the world to seek out its dramatic real-life locations.
Becoming a History Detective
Maxine Clarke on the thrill of holding 14th century vellum – and realising that Chaucer’s Wife of Bath is deaf.
Folkestone’s Beacon of Hope
Stuck at the end of an abandoned railway line in the town’s less than glamourous harbour area, many of us had never noticed Folkestone's lighthouse before this summer.