Steph Haxton is primarily an historian but has always had a strong need to write. Steph’s particular interests lie with 16th and 17th century social history. Cornwall during the Civil War is an ongoing research area. Serendipitous discoveries often lead her down new research paths – who knows where they will lead?
With First Class Honours degree in Historical and Cultural Studies from the University of Exeter (2001) and a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education, for several years Steph provided living history services in schools using costumed interpretation to bring the past to life in the classroom. Consultancy work for museums and heritage properties ensued. With this experience Steph was deployed by English Heritage at Pendennis Castle in Falmouth from 1999 to devise and deliver interactive workshops for all age ranges. A spell as head of history in FE was followed by a role managing English Heritage education provision in Cornwall, training staff and extending the workshop provision.
This was the springboard for a change in career direction…and now Steph is juggling family life and writing. All the years researching Pendennis Castle documentary history inspired her historical novel, Exposed to All Villainies, and there’s more of Cornwall’s history to feature in the sequel!