Colonel J.D. Sainsbury was born in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, in 1938 and commissioned in the Royal Artillery during National Service, which he spent with a field regiment in Germany.
On release from full-time service he joined the Bank of England, where he worked until taking early retirement in 1989. He then spent twenty years as a historical consultant and archivist in the Honours and Awards Branch of the Military Secretary’s Department of the Ministry of Defence.
As a Territorial Army officer he served in local field artillery units and in a variety of staff jobs, until retiring in 2000. He was appointed OBE (Military Division) in the 1997 New Year Honours.
John Sainsbury’s interest in military history goes back to his schooldays but gained real purpose when, on joining the Hertfordshire Yeomanry (by then a field regiment of the Royal Artillery) he discovered how little had been published on the units of the Auxiliary Forces raised in the county.
Since his first book, Hertfordshire’s Soldiers, was published in 1969, he has written a number of books on the various units raised in Hertfordshire since Napoleonic times, ten of which are now available through University of Hertfordshire Press.
In recognition of his work in preserving and recording the history of military units raised in Hertfordshire he was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 1991.
Elizabeth Schafer is Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London. She has published widely on Shakespeare and his contemporaries, and on Australian drama and theatre.
Other books by this author
Ms-Directing Shakespeare (Women’s Press, 1998)
The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare in Production) (CUP, 2003).
Margaret Shepherd is a historical geographer who has spent many years in the Eden Valley.
She was born and educated in Penrith in Cumberland, later in Edinburgh.
After teaching in Carlisle she married and moved to Church Brough in the Upper Eden Valley. While bringing up two children she served as both a County Councillor and a District Councillor. She graduated with honours in Music, History and Art History from the Open University in 1980. Since 1985 Margaret Shepherd has been a member of Wolfson College, Cambridge and graduated with 1st Class Honours in Geography in 1987 followed by a Ph.D. in 1992.
Subsequently Margaret Shepherd has continued her research into the changes that occurred in the Upper Eden Valley during the Victorian years. She was elected to a Junior Research Fellowship in Wolfson College in 1993 but then became Tutor and Fellow for seven years before resuming the Research Fellowship in 2001. She is now Emeritus Fellow at Wolfson College.
Maggie Smith-Bendell describes herself as “privileged to be born in the era of the wagon and horse to good old-fashioned Romani Gypsy parents”.
She is immensely proud of her heritage and believes it was her early life that made her what she is today, an “activist for my race of Gypsy people”.
She campaigns tirelessly for the rights of Gypsies to live peacefully in accordance with their culture, and was awarded a British Empire Medal for her work in this area in the 2012 Queen's Birthday Honours list.
John Sorensen is a Doctor of Clinical Psychology and has worked in mental health departments in Denmark and in the UK where the research to develop and validate the STIM approach was conducted.
Throughout his professional life he has been committed to the development of treatments and approaches that empower service users and are based on the needs of the individual. The STIM is just such an approach to mental illness.
Dr Adrian Streete is Senior Lecturer in English Literature, 1500-1780, at the University of Glasgow. He works on the relationships between early modern literature and the religious, political, and philosophical thought of the period.
Jill Sullivan is an Honorary Fellow of Exeter University in the Department of English.
Her research interests lie within the field of nineteenth-century theatre and popular entertainment, including regional theatre and alternative sites of performance such as the Victorian bazaar and fetes.
She has a particular interest in audiences and the censorship and reception of local and touring entertainments, both professional and amateur.
She has contributed chapters to a number of publications, including:
‘Managing the pantomime: productions at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham in the 1860s', in Theatre Notebook 60(2)
'Victorian pantomime libretti and the reading audience' in Allen, Collins, Griffin, and O' Connell (eds), Making Books, Shaping Readers (Ashgate, 2010)
'"Local and political hits": allusion and collusion in the local pantomime', in Jim Davis (ed.), Victorian Pantomime: A Reader (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010)