Stephen Butt -  Social historian, researcher, writer and journalist

Stephen Butt was born in Somerset. In his teens he worked for a seaside photography business. After A-levels, he wrote local history articles for a free magazine.

He gained his first degree from the University of Durham (BA Psychology), and then worked as a Studio Manager with the BBC at Broadcasting House and BBC World Service before transferring to BBC Local Radio to present and produce a wide range of programmes.  He became a Senior Broadcast Journalist and a member of the station’s management team until 2011 when he became a full-time writer and researcher, and freelance local government officer.

He now enjoys writing and historical research, with twenty-two books in print and four scheduled for publication in 2018.  His MA degree is in English Local History (University of Nottingham).  He also holds the Certificate in Local Government Administration.

His local government experience has included establishing community allotments, acquiring recreation grounds and securing the future of his local library. He is a member of the management group which runs Kibworth Community Library.



Production and location research support for Michael Wood's BBC television series Story of England.  Organised the Kibworth Dig involving local families digging more than fifty archaeological test pits (2009/10).

Production support for Mayavision International's Great British Story: A People's History, broadcast on BBC2 and BBC4 (2011/12).

Commissioned by Leicester City Council to provide the research for twenty Heritage Panels installed at locations across the city of Leicester (2014/15).


Latest books
(to be published in 2018)

Leicester at Work and Weston History Tour (Amberley Publishing)

Leicester (for Historic England)

British Retail and the men who shaped it (Pen and Sword)

Recent books
(Amberley Publishing)

Leicester History Tour

A - Z of Leicester

Leicester in 50 Buildings




Other activities and experience

Honorary Secretary of the Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society (2004-2014)

Certificate in Local Government Administration (2014). Works as a Parish Clerk for two Leicestershire parishes and two additional local government bodies.

Co-producer, corporate videos for Harborough District Council.

Other research interests

Victorian journalism and newspaper publishers.
Joseph Carey Merrick.
Spiritualism in England in the 19th century.


Thoughts, comments and updates on my research, books and talks

Books in print

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