Lesley is a historian, writer and genealogist. Following on from her Undergraduate Advanced Diploma in Local History from the University of Oxford and a master’s degree, she gained her PhD in Cornish Studies at the University of Exeter for her thesis on the experiences of wives ‘left behind’ by emigrating Cornish miners in the nineteenth century. She is an Honorary Research Fellow of the Institute of Cornish Studies, University of Exeter.
Before undertaking postgraduate studies at Exeter, Lesley combined independent historical and genealogical research with work on a wide range of projects in the scientific press, business communications and interactive training. She has held a number of senior editorial posts, most recently as Editor of the Royal Forestry Society’s Quarterly Journal of Forestry, and is also Editor of Troze, the online journal of the National Maritime Museum Cornwall.
After living in many parts the UK, Lesley is now based in West Cornwall.