Dr Simon Wenham is a member of the part-time tutor panel of Oxford University’s Continuing Education Department where he teaches courses on the Victorian period (see below for details). His doctoral research at the University of Oxford was on the history of Salter Bros Ltd, an Oxford-based Thames boat firm. The thesis was turned into the book Pleasure Boating on the Thames: a History of Salter Bros 1858 – Present Day (updated in 2017).
He gives popular-level talks on a variety of historical topics and has spoken at academic conferences and seminars in the UK and abroad (Pantheon Sorbonne). Simon is on the Scientific Committee of the ‘European Rivers and Towns‘ initiative and he is currently working on further writing projects, having recently produced an academic article on the history of camping (for Oxoniensia) and a number of popular-level articles, including one on the Oxford suffragettes (for Limited Edition).
He has been a regular contributor to Radio Oxford and has been involved with a number of filmed projects, including featuring in a documentary for Channel 5 (forthcoming), as well as providing advice for books and programmes on a variety of subjects.
His current research interests include the social history of Victorian Britain, the river Thames, the city of Oxford and the development of leisure. Previous historical interests include child labour in the Industrial Revolution, the holocaust, slavery in antebellum America and the reformation.
Simon was born in India and was brought up in Oxford (where he still lives). His other interests include sport, travelling and reading biographies, apologetics and current affairs. He has an academia.edu profile and his twitter handle is @SimonWenham.
[At the Continuing Education Department he currently teaches the ‘Investigating the Victorians‘ (online) and ‘Power, Poverty and Pestilence: Exploring the Victorian Age‘ courses]