User Advisory Group (UAG) delegates represent different sections of our user community, not just their own interests.
As well as attending UAG meetings, each delegate has a responsibility to cascade the details of the meetings to members of their user community and gather feedback from them.
You can find further details on the UAG in our terms of reference (PDF, 0.23MB).
Grace Ioppolo is Professor of Shakespearean and Early Modern Drama at the University of Reading. She is the author of several books on Shakespeare and other Elizabethan playwrights, and has published widely on theatre history, manuscript studies and bibliography. She is the Director and Founder of The Henslowe-Alleyn Digitisation Project, which has made the single largest manuscript collection on early modern English theatre production and performance available as a free electronic archive.
Grace is an elected Ordinary Fellow of The Society of Antiquaries of London and an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Jennifer Aston is Senior Lecturer in History and Director of the Institute of Humanities at Northumbria University. She has published on gender and small business ownership and bankruptcy in the 19th and early 20th century, and is a co-founder of ReWOMEN (Researching Women of Management and Enterprise Network).
Jennifer has recently started a new project which will use petitions heard before the Court for Divorce and Matrimonial Causes 1857-1923 to explore issues of domestic abuse, the economic cost of divorce, child custody and mediation, and the development of the family law profession.
Angela Graham is Archive Manager at the East Anglian Film Archive, owned and operated by the University of East Anglia. Angela has worked in museums and archives for more than 20 years, and was previously a member of the senior management team at Stoke-on-Trent Museums Service and director of museums in Cheshire, Stoke and Norwich.
Angela is an Associate of the Museums Association, a member of the Film Hub South East Advisory group, secretary of the East of England Regional Archive Council and a member of the amateur cinema special interest group within the British Association of Film Television and Screen Studies.
Equality and diversity
Dr Sophie Kay’s professional background is in interdisciplinary cancer research and she holds a D.Phil. in Systems Biology from the University of Oxford. She has close ties to the open knowledge community, originally as a Panton Fellow with the Open Knowledge Foundation and also as Director of the Open Science Training Initiative from 2012-2019.
Sophie uses The National Archives as an independent researcher, working with a variety of record sets in her professional family history research. She writes about her research experiences and methodology on her blog The Parchment Rustler.
Sophie’s role on the UAG panel includes a particular interest in Diversity and Inclusion, so please feel free to contact her directly if you have any concerns in this area which you would like to discuss.
Will Reid worked with Libraries and archives in Newcastle and Liverpool. He has also worked recently with the Willy Russell Archive, the Unity Theatre and the Metropolitan Cathedral at 50 projects. He’s currently company secretary of the George Garrett Archive Project.
Will has spoken at a range of events in the UK and beyond on these and others and is an advocate of improving civic engagement with archives.
Sue Adams is a professional genealogist who qualified with an MSc in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde in 2012. She is currently working on a PhD using late manorial records at the University of Lincoln, reflecting her research interests in 17th to 19th century land and property.
Sue is a member of the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives, the Register of Qualified Genealogists and the Association of Professional Genealogists.
Map Room users
Susan Moore has been a full-time independent researcher at The National Archives all her working life, principally working in the Map & Large Document Reading Room. Although she has extensive knowledge of a wide range of medieval and early modern records, particularly those relating to land, at The National Archives and elsewhere, she specialises in all periods of the Chancery court records and is the author of books, courses and articles on this subject.
Susan is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, and a trustee of the British Association for Local History (www.balh.org.uk).
Map Room users and early career academics
Sadie Jarrett is a 2020/21 Economic History Society post-doctoral fellow at the Institute of Historical Research. Sadie is also an honorary research associate at Bangor University’s Institute for the Study of Welsh Estates, where she submitted her PhD in September 2020.
Sadie’s research focuses on the history of the early modern Welsh gentry, but she also has broader interests in early modern legal records. Sadie tweets @pastdeeds.
Stephen Daglish represents the Guild of One-Name Studies, a genealogical organisation whose members research particular surnames, their origins, migration and name-holders. The records at The National Archives are crucial for this type of research and, with a global membership, many Guild members rely on online access to the records. By representing the interests of these Guild members, Stephen also hopes to represent the wider family history community that, for whatever reason, is unable to visit Kew and looks for ways to access records remotely.
Stephen has a one-name study into his own surname (one-name.org/) and also has an interest in local and social history.
Family history and online users
Pat Reynolds is the Executive Director of Free UK Genealogy CIO – the charity behind FreeBMD, FreeCEN and FreeREG. Her previous work has included leading the Surrey History Centre and being a Museum Development Officer. She is researching her own family tree using, where possible, free resources including The National Archives and Wikitree. As she is partially sighted, Pat relies on the high-quality digitization of material on the web, and high-quality transcriptions.
On site personal interest
Mike Grahn has a professional background as an academic in medical research and technology development. At The National Archives his interests focus on the history of technology and healthcare and, currently, the development of the gas mantle industry. He is interested in facilitating user involvement in the development of the catalogue and finding aids to support cross-connectivity between archives and subject specialists.
Contact Mike with any issues and suggestions regarding your on site personal interest use of the Archives.
Amelia E Clegg is a Doctoral Candidate at Birkbeck, University of London. Her thesis focuses on cultures of leadership of Coldstream Guards regimental officers in the South African War (1899–1902). Her research interests include masculinity and gender studies, British Imperial and Colonial history, Southern African history, cultural history, and military history.
She uses a range of archival material at The National Archives such as documents from the Colonial, War and Foreign Offices, and papers relating to the South African War. You can contact Amelia at email@example.com.
Nadine Chambers is a doctoral candidate at the University of London (Birkbeck) and has been an active member of the UAG since June 2019. Her transatlantic work on Black and Indigenous relations in the 18th century involves Pacific, Caribbean and Atlantic histories within the British colonial record. She enjoys helping cultivate an interest and sense of access to archives in undergraduates and new post-graduates.
Nadine is a huge fan of the work put into the selection of student/researcher centred workshops offered by The National Archives. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.