Born 1932, I read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford, where I encountered Quakers. I became a member in 1954 and have been an active Quaker ever since. I then took a London University theology degree, and taught Religious Education in girls’ grammar schools before moving into primary education. I obtained early retirement in 1985, and returned to academic studies, which led in 1993 to my Birmingham Ph.D., ‘The Faith of the First Quakers’. This, with additional material and a good deal of re-writing, became a book, The Light in Their Consciences: Early Quakers in Britain 1646-1666, published by Pennsylvania State University Press in 2000. I have published a number of articles on early Quakers, and been involved with the editing of various early Quaker texts. I have assisted as tutor with a number of Woodbrooke short courses, and am part of the staff team at the Centre for Postgraduate Quaker Studies at Woodbrooke and the University of Birmingham.