About Nick

Dr Nick Barratt obtained a PhD in history from King's College London in 1996, editing the 1225 Exchequer pipe roll and several Exchequer receipt rolls from the 1220s when the National Archives: Public Record Office maintained a site at Chancery Lane. On joining the National Archives: Public Record Office at Kew later the same year as a reader adviser.

Nick started work in television whilst working at the BBC as a specialist archive researcher for a number of programmes. His valuable links to the largest archival institutions in the country and expertise helped lay the foundation of the network he has in place today. This network allows Nick and his team of researchers to effectively complete projects in any archive across the country.

He continues to lecture on a range of subjects, including family, house and local history; the Titanic; the history of London; and medieval history.

As well as working as a presenter, Nick is a prolific reviewer and commentator on all aspects of history, notably family history. He has worked with a variety of companies, celebrities and TV presenters often compiling their family history. From Richard Bacon to Richard Hammond, Victoria Beckham to Catherine Zeta Jones, Nick’s research has been used for all features of publicity.

In 2000, Nick founded SRA (Sticks Research Agency) and currently he is the CEO. He is currently a teaching fellow at the University of Dundee, and the Editor in Chief of ‘Your Family History’ magazine. His new venture is www.familyhistoryshow.com, an online vodcast and history resource. Current positions held include President, Federation of Family History Societies; Trustee, Society of Genealogists; Trustee, Foundation for Medieval Genealogy; Executive Director, FreeBMD; and Vice President, Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives. He also attends various committees, including those for Education (British Association for Local History), Public History (The Historical Association), User Advisory Group (The National Archives), and on the board of the Community Archive and Heritage Group.

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