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Rosemary Steer qualified as an archivist in 1978 and moved to Suffolk in 1985 to set up the Lowestoft Branch of Suffolk Record Office. After a stint as operational manager of the three branches of Suffolk Record Office, she ‘crossed the floor’ into library management, still in Suffolk, during which time she completed an MBA (Public Service) through Henley Management College. She retired from Suffolk County Council in 2011.


Rosemary is now a freelance researcher and lecturer focusing on social and family history. She completed her master’s degree in family and local history at the University of Dundee in 2014, researching the Dickleburgh charity for destitute and workhouse children for her dissertation. She is now a teaching fellow at the University of Dundee on its online Family and Local History postgraduate programme.