About me

Peter Foden offers over twenty years of experience and inside knowledge of archives and sources of historic manuscripts.

Peter read Anglo-saxon and History at Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge, and qualified as an Archivist at the University of Liverpool. The next twenty years working in diverse public and private archives in the UK have given him the experience he now makes available for clients' own research projects.

He has worked in local authority archive services in Shropshire and Staffordshire, in education, and in business (the Oxford University Press and Boots the Chemist). He has also provided archive consultancy services to the Duke of Rutland’s Belvoir Estate, amongst the other freelance activities listed on this website.

Peter has taught archival research skills at the Universities of Oxford, Birmingham, Nottingham, Leicester, Keele and York, notably as a visiting tutor at the Keele Latin and Palaeography Summer Schools. He currently teaches the module Reading and Interpretation in the Department for Information Studies at UCL.

If you want to know more, then take a look at the ARA New Professionals Blog How I started

Peter blogs from time to time about archives, research, words, names, writing, puzzles, and anything else that gets him going, on Facebook and Wordpress. His Wordpress blog is called (unsurprisingly) Peter’s Pursuits


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    Mobile telephone: 07734 203624

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