Doctoral Researcher, university of Birmingham
Nigel is a mature student who has just commenced a PhD at the University of Birmingham examining social and cultural change in nineteenth and early twentieth century Birmingham with particular reference to the development and role of the Birmingham and Midland Institute and its relationship to civic and intellectual life and urban form. Earlier he gained his Master’s degree from Wolverhampton University where he researched the role of classical music concerts (specifically the Birmingham Triennial Music Festival) in the context of historians such as Simon Gunn’s work on the formation of public, urban culture in nineteenth century provincial cities. He is particularly interested in intellectual and cultural life, its relationship to urban change and social identity in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and its associated historiographical and methodological issues.
Nigel is a retired local government officer with forty years experience of local administration; latterly with the Black Country Consortium working to support regeneration in the area and providing the secretariat to the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership