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Researchers for Hire


I  retired recently after many years as  senior librarian in the African Studies Library, a research library at the University of Cape Town.  My functions included the development of the collection and providing reference assistance to researchers.  My particular interest was in the development of what became a major collection of and on African film (3000+ titles).   I have embarked on a  new career as an independent bibliographer/researcher.   I am currently  assisting local and international researchers who are working on topics as diverse as Olive Schreiner, the politics of social protection (welfare) in African countries and South African woman anthropologists.  

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I am an independent researcher based at The National Archives (UK) in London. As you may know, 95% of the files here, which date back more than a thousand years, have yet to be digitised.

I work with a wide range of clients around the world, including top universities such as Stanford, Melbourne and UCLA, to locate and scan files which may be of interest to academics, researchers and authors.

I am one of the ‘verified’ researchers listed on The National Archives’ website [] and my rates are very competitive, starting at £25 per hour or £150 per day.

If you require original research in the British National Archives, I would be very happy to try and assist you. I am a former employee of The National Archives and a former journalist and I specialise in contemporary records, intelligence records and Foreign Office records, although I am comfortable researching records across the collection.