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David Martin

An international heritage lawyer and historian, David is an experienced freelance writer.

He studied law and history at the London School of Economics and has worked in the field of heritage based community regeneration since his student days when he was associated with projects in London and Stoke-on-Trent.

Specialising in raising finance for urban renewal projects, David played a significant role in regenerating Liverpool after the Toxteth riots and helped to restore Bristol Quays, Gloucester Docks and Cardiff Bay.

His clients have included the United Nations who instructed him to advise on the creation of World Heritage Sites.

World Heritage Sites he has worked on include Hadrian’s Wall, Maritime Greenwich and the Blaenavon Industrial Landscape in South Wales.

David, who went to school in The Potteries, has always taken a keen interest in North Staffordshire’s economic history. While studying for A’ levels, he took over 5,000 photographs of the region capturing its unique character and atmosphere.

Between 2010 and 2013, David co-ordinated original historical research for The Phoenix Trust’s campaign to make the North Staffordshire Coalfield’s Industrial Landscape and the Churnet Valley a World Heritage Site.

Spotlight on Stoke is going to publish a series of books based on the Phoenix Trust’s research highlighting North Staffordshire’s socio-economic history and its architectural heritage. The first book will be about Tunstall Market which is celebrating its bicentennial year. 

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