Ian acts as a historical consultant for radio and TV. He has also broadcast widely on local and national radio and television.

Recent media

Ian undertook research into the 18th-century Dorset ancestors of Canadian comedian Katherine Ryan for a 2019 episode of BBC TV’s Who Do You Think You Are?

The search for Henry V’s great ship Holy Ghosthttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-34503044

Past consultancy projects include

Queen Elizabeth’s Lost Cannons, BBC Timewatch, February 2009     

Ian acted as an historical advisor on Elizabethan naval gunnery for this programme, made by Bellwether Media.

BBC Radio 4, Sour Beer (Armada episode of Soldier, Sailor series 2003) – Music from the Sea Bed (2001)

Channel 4, Why We Lost the Mary Rose (2000) – Time Team programme episode about the medieval shipyard at Smallhythe (1999)

Yorkshire TV (for Channel 4 Schools), The Spanish Armada (How We Used to Live series, 3 episodes, 1998)

Publication and Design Project Experience

Ian has worked extensively with book editors and both 2D and 3D designers for over twenty years.

He has considerable experience in:

historic picture and photo research (and research for images in other media)

developing design briefs for new museum galleries, for use by exhibition designers

developing briefs and design drafts for maps and models to be used by graphic, digital and 3D designers in publications, exhibitions and on TV (for example, he researched and drafted all of the maps and diagrams used in the Armada exhibition and catalogue. He also does this for his own books)

scripting audio texts for exhibitions