THE HISTORY PEOPLE: ABOUT US
The History People was established by Professor Peter Reid who has twenty years experience in higher education as a researcher and teacher. He is currently Professor of Librarianship and Head of the Department of Information Management at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. He has been involved in genealogy and heritage for more than twenty-five years.
He holds a PhD which examined historic libraries and was a combination of historical bibliography and heritage policy. He is the author of the Digital age and local studies, a book which examined how the internet had changed approaches to local history as well as a number of highly-regarded articles on local and family history, local studies services within public libraries and historical-related topics. He is one of the leading authorities on local and family history services in public libraries and has taught and researched in these fields throughout his career. He has spoken at numerous events, including many address to family history fairs and societies.
He was President of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professional in Scotland in 2012 and subsequently became Chair of the Board of Trustees. He has held external examining posts at the Universities of Strathclyde, Northumbria and Sheffield. He is also a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council Peer Review College. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.
As a genealogist, he has specialized in the North-East of Scotland for a number of years and has compiled a unique collection of family histories of tens of thousands of individuals living along part of the Moray Firth Coast. As a heritage specialist, he has worked with a number of Scottish Local Authorities, charities, businesses and other organisations on everything from the formulation of policy through to the production of heritage interpretation panels.