Ian Mortimer was born in Petts Wood (Kent) in 1967. He won a scholarship to Eastbourne College (Sussex) and later read for B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history at the University of Exeter, and a M.A. degree in archive studies at University College London. From 1991 to 2003 he worked for a succession of archive and historical research organisations, including Devon Record Office, the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts and the universities of Exeter and Reading. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 1998, and was awarded the Alexander Prize (2004) for his work on the social history of medicine. In June 2011, the University of Exeter awarded him a higher doctorate (D.Litt.) by examination, on the strength of his historical work.
He is one of the most innovative historians working today, pushing the boundaries of both literary form and historical methodology. He also is a keen advocate of the public importance of history, at national level and in the community. Present and past public roles include:
Secretary-of-State appointee to Dartmoor National Park Authority (2003-7, 2009- )
Member of the Lord Chancellor's Forum on Historical Manuscripts and Academic Research (2011- )
Member of the Fabric Advisory Committee of Exeter Cathedral (2011- )
Joint Hon. President of the Mortimer History Society (2009- )
Secretary of the Moretonhampstead History Society (2010- present. Chairman 2005-10).
Project Leader of the Friends of Devon's Archives project 'Eighteenth Century Communities' (2004-7).
He lives on the north-eastern edge of Dartmoor (Devon) with his wife Sophie and their three children. Hobbies include visiting historical sites and writing songs, poetry and fiction. Further information is available in an autobiographical note, written in 2008, what's new?' and interviews.
Books:The Outcasts of Time, January 2019
The Time Traveler's Guide To Medieval England, November 2011