Meet the Team



Joe Earp is the Team Coordinator for the Nottingham Hidden History Team. He decided to reform the Team in 2011 after receiving a large history collection which belonged to the original founder of the Team Paul Nix. Joe graduated in 2011 from Nottingham Trent University with a BA in Service Sector Management. As well as managing the Team, Joe has also appeared on BBC East Midlands Today and BBC Radio Nottingham as historical advisor for the programme on Huntingdon Beaumont and Britain’s first railway line. He has also wrote a series of local history articles for the Nottingham Post, Nottingham Bygones, The Topper Newspaper and Our Nottinghamshire website. He currently writes a regular local history column for The Beestonian and the Left Lion Magazine. Joe has written four books on Nottingham’s history including: Nottingham From Old Photographs, Secret Nottingham, Victorian and Edwardian Nottingham Through Time and Secret Beeston.


Frank Earp has over forty years experience of working in history, folklore and earth mysteries. Frank was born in what he claims to be an old haunted farm house in Wollaton, Nottingham. This inspired him to  take up his life long passion for Nottinghamshire’s folklore and history. Frank has a wealth of experience in his area of expertise. His past has seen him write and publish a series of books, some of which include: May Day in Nottinghamshire, The Catstones of Catstone Hill, A Guide To The Druid Temple In The Church Cemetery and John Darrell: A Nottinghamshire Exorcist. Frank has also wrote past articles for the Nottingham Post, Northern Earth Mysteries, At The Edge and Mercian Mysteries. Frank regularly conducts and leads guided walks and talks around Nottinghamshire on a number of topics. For over ten years Frank wrote his highly successful Nottinghamshire History column for The Topper Newspaper only ending in 2016 when the paper was brought out by the Nottingham Post. Frank has wrote many books on Nottinghamshire’s history. In recent years he has written his best selling book The A-Z of Curious Nottinghamshire for History Press. He has also written Secret Nottingham and Secret Beeston both for Amberley Publishing.


R.B Parish is a refuge from Big Smoke who came to the cultural Queen of the Midlands in the mid 1990s. He graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in Biology, coming to Nottingham University to be a postgraduate Environmental Management and later training as a teacher, which a role he now performs. Despite all this he spends much of his time immersed in local history matters specialising in folklore and customs.  He has written articles for a number of different sources, mainly for Bygone Kent journal, Hertfordshire Past and Present, and the Source –Living Spring Journal, Northern Antiquarian, OurNottinghamshire websites.

Often found covered in nettle stings, mud and brambles: Ross’s great interest and passion is seeking out our neglected and often overgrown holy wells and other healing springs. As a result he has since 2008 been publishing his field and archive researches in a series of booklets called In search of Holy Wells and healing springs.  This has lead him to set up the insearchofholywellsandhealingwells blog, which despite its rather wordy title has become a top hit on the subject and a font for such knowledge. Another of Ross’s main area interest in customs, fostered by some early memories of Morris Men, has spawned his successful  Traditionalcustomsandceremonies blog and will culminate in his Nottinghamshire Calendar, the first book devoted to the colourful and rather overlooked seasonal customs of the county. Between this Ross can be found reading and writing about all sorts of folklore and customs. However, when not found up to his eyes in nettles, mud and moss or contorted in odd positions as a parade passes by, he can occasionally be seen treading the boards and has produced a Youtube sensation ‘The Gregor Mendel Rap’.                                                                                                                             

Mike KirkbyMichael Kirkby having grown in  Scunthorpe, first came to Nottingham in 2005 to study History and Heritage Studies at Nottingham Trent.

Being a keen military historian from an early age (thanks to being given a few Sharpe videos and some boxes of 1:72 Napoleonic models for his 11th birthday), Michael studied a Masters in Military History at Chester University in 2009 where he wrote a thesis on British Field Artillery of the Napoleonic War. Having spent a few years working in museums around the country, Michael eventually settled back in the area where he had honed his interest in military history and set himself up as a freelance historian operating under the name Redcoats & Muskets: Military Historic Learning. Using his passion for military history and his experiences of working in the museum sector, Michael delivers a variety of topics to community groups and museums using artefacts, weapons and period uniforms. He has written several books and made several appearances as a historical advisor on local radio.

Michael feels that the rich and embedded military heritage of the area combined with the fame of the Sherwood Foresters Regiment makes Nottinghamshire the perfect place to seek inspiration when studying military history.

Michael specialises in the British army between 1700 – 1900 focussing mainly on The War of the Spanish Succession, The Napoleonic War and the Zulu War. He has a specific interest in the 45th and 59th regiments, both native to Nottinghamshire.

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Jimmy Notts is currently our sub editor and administrator for our Nottingham Hidden History Team site. He also manages our other sites on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Flickr. His other role within the team is liaising with members of the public regarding local heritage.

Jimmy is a keen and gifted photographer. He first began teaching himself photography in 2001, mainly from reading magazines and then putting into practice techniques while on location either in Nottingham or further afield. This informal training enabled Jimmy to develop a unique style that continues to make his local photographs instantly recognisable and highly in demand. His knowledge is entirely self taught; he has never received any formal photographic training and he will often take most of our photos and videos for our sites. He often conducts research and regularly contributes articles to the site. 


Bill Carson is a researcher and writer for the Nottingham Hidden History Team. Bill has written a number of mainly industrial history related articles for a number of national and local publications. He has also worked and volunteered at a number of museums throughout England. In 2009 Bill decided to further his career options, and he successfully completed a BA (Hons) in Archaeology, with a first class distinction.  Bill states that: “My love for archaeology, combined with my growing interest in Nottingham local history, makes me a valuable asset within the Nottingham Hidden History Team”.

1 Response to Meet the Team

  1. mike says:

    i have the misfortune to have been born and bred in Derby,but enough about that.

    i worked with a bloke from Carlton recently and his accent was fascinating.
    he asked me if i was from derba and that he supported notts counta.

    i noticed that to the east of nottingham rivers and brooks are called becks,which is a viking word.

    modern danish pronounces by as boo so i wonder if there is a connection

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