Allan Brodie is an historian who works for Historic England, the public body that looks after England’s historic environment. He is the co-author of Seaside Holidays in the Past (2005) and England’s Seaside Resorts (2007) and he has also published books on the seaside heritage of Margate (2007), Weymouth (2008) and Blackpool (2014).
He has co-written a four-volume history of Travel and Tourism 1700-1914, (2014) using sources to illustrate the development of holidaymaking in Britain. In research papers he has explored topics such as the early development of seaside resorts and ports, including the sex life of Georgian Scarborough, and Liverpool’s lost history of sea bathing.
Allan is the co-author of Behind Bars (2001) and English Prisons: An Architectural History (2002), following visits to every working prison open in 2000. In 2001 he also produced a major report on the development of law courts in England.
Allan is also the co-author of a book on the defences of the Isles of Scilly and the threat of climate change (2011) and he has written the section on medieval stone sculpture of the Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum Catalogue.
Allan is currently finishing two new books about the English seafront and the history of tourism in Britain. He is also working on a new research project on Weston-super-Mare.