Nigel Goose is Professor of Social and Economic History and Director of the Centre for Regional and Local History at the University of Hertfordshire.
He is an authority on English urban history in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and has also published in the area of early modern population history. He is a member of the International Advisory Board for the journal Urban History.
Mark Gorman was born and brought up in north London. He studied history at Cambridge University and subsequently qualified as a teacher. After teaching in Nigeria he returned to West Africa for several years as a Programme coordinator for VSO. He has spent his working life in the field of international aid, and in 2008 was awarded an MBE for his services to international development. He lives in east London, on the borders of Epping Forest, which has enabled him to foster his twin passions for history and the environment. In 2018 he received a PhD for his study of popular protest and open space in Victorian London. He speaks and writes regularly on local history topics, and in recent years has been involved in the organisation of the annual Newham Heritage Festivals.