Jonathan Spain has worked as a professional researcher/writer and archivist for a wide range of organisations including The Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts (MSS), (the National Register of Archives), The New Dictionary of National Biography and Cambridge University Library, Dept. of MSS. He also worked as a ‘para-legal’ researcher for solicitors on behalf of clients requiring historical research in various subjects.
Jonathan now works independently as a writer both on historical subjects and fruit and vegetable growing, with a particular interest in the Allotment Movement. He has been a contributor to several titles including Country Life, The Countryman and Kitchen Garden Magazine. See List of Published Work.
He is the founding Secretary of Haslingfield Allotment Gardeners Association and has acted as a mentor to local groups setting up allotments. Pulling together his practical experience with his historical interests he has published an article in the journal of the National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners on reform of allotment legislation.
Jonathan also gives talks and workshops on Local History and Food Self-sufficiency and allotment issues. For more details see ‘Talks and Workshops’.
To find out more see http://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathanspain