David Martin is the director of Spotlight on North Staffordshire.
An international heritage lawyer and historian, David is an experienced freelance writer whose articles on legal history and heritage tourist attractions have been syndicated throughout North America and the UK.
During 2019, he will be working on a new series of two-page illustrated features for Spotlight on Britain which will look at England’s industrial heritage.
David 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 has always had close links with North Staffordshire and The Potteries. While studying for O’ and A’ levels, he took over 5,000 photographs of the region capturing its unique character and atmosphere in the swinging 60s. At university, he wrote a thesis on Stoke-on-Trent’s legal and administrative history from the Middle Ages to local government reform in the 1970s.
At the moment, David and his wife historical geographer Betty Cooper are writing a series of books about North Staffordshire’s socio-economic history and its architectural heritage.