Dr Simon Wenham is a member of the part-time tutor panel of Oxford University’s Continuing Education Department where he teaches the ‘Exploring the Victorian Age‘ and the ‘Investigating the Victorians‘ courses (the latter being online). 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 various popular-level talks to different groups and has spoken at academic conferences and seminars in the UK and abroad (Pantheon Sorbonne). Simon Wenham is on the scientific committee of the ‘European Rivers and Towns‘ initiative and has been a regular contributor to Radio Oxford. He is currently working on further writing projects connected with the doctorate, having produced an academic article on the history of camping (for Oxoniensia) and a popular-level work on the Oxford suffragettes (for Limited Edition).
Simon Wenham’s research interests relate to 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. He has also provided advice for a number of books on a variety of topics.
He 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.