About me

I have a lifelong interest in history. My mother is a local and family historian, and her influence made me acutely aware of the lives of our forebears and how that has influenced us and our world. As a teenager I spent my summer holidays working at Bedfordshire Archives.

I have a BA (Hons) degree in Medieval Studies from the University of Birmingham and I have spent many years tracing my own family history.

After leaving university, I worked for a stockbroker in the City of London, but whilst I learnt valuable business skills, the environment was not for me. I went on to work for the RSPB for several years, following my other great interest which is natural history.

My life has moved full circle. I am now a mother of two daughters and have followed in my own mother’s footsteps, researching family and local histories. It’s been a return to my first passion and I find nothing more enjoyable than finding out about forgotten lives, and telling their stories, so the people of the past can be remembered once again.

I am an Associate member of AGRA, the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives in England and Wales, and am bound by its code of ethics.

Contact me: enquiries@ellen-collier.co.uk; 07971 046660