My principal research interest is the socio-cultural history of leisure in Great Britain 1850-1939. My doctoral thesis was published as a monograph,'Leisure and the Rise of the Public Library' and led to further publications on the National Home Reading Union. More recently I have been working on the ways in which modern social understandings of leisure were formed in late 19C social science and social work. This is the focus of my most recent book 'Leisure, Voluntary Action and Social Change in Britain 1880-1939'. In 2008 I founded the Centre for Worktown Studies at the University of Bolton and am principal organiser of the related series of Recording Leisure Lives social history conferences.