As a child, some of my strongest memories were of visiting a Tudor/Jacobean manor near my home in Leeds, called Temple Newsam. I would pretend to be a tour guide and take my family around the many rooms, memorising the sitters of portraits by their clothes, then asking as many questions as possible to the House's guides to learn each of their stories.
This sparked something inside of me, the understanding that history was less about facts and more about the human experience, and that there is an infinite pool of stories to uncover and with that a way to inform my direction here in the present. I honed those skills and continued to flex them, then I went to university, studying Fashion Journalism under the tutelage of writer and historian Judith Watt. Here, my passions were set alight, with access to a library unlike anything I had seen before, and with the museums of London at my disposal I was eager to learn, see, read, watch, and indulge my academic passions in every way possible.