After obtaining a history degree from Leicester University in 2002, I moved to Edinburgh.

My first job was with the Glasgow University Archive services, a great introduction in to the world of archives and their wonders.

After a meeting in 2002 with Vanessa Collingridge, a fellow Cook fan and author of a biography on him, I began helping with her research for her next book Boudica. This ignited my research interests and I have been researching ever since!

In 2004 I was lucky enough to get work on the second series of ‘Who Do You Think You Are’. One of my most memorable moments was the research for the Jeremy Paxman programme, in which he famously cried! 

I have since completed research for other television programmes and love the opportunity this gives of sharing fascinating stories from the past with a wider audience. I have even appeared on the television, in ‘The Boy Who Lived Before’, produced by Octoberfilms, the Matthew Pinsent episode of ‘Who Do You Think You Are’, and talking about the Women’s Land Army on a ‘Landward’ episode (BBC).

Ruth Boreham

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