- Historical Research
- Proofreading & Copy-editing
- Web design & hosting
Cambridge graduates Trixie Gadd and her brother, Stephen, bring together a wide range of skills learned in their varied careers in business, industry and the arts to offer this cost-effective, integrated service.
We have easy access to the Hampshire Archives, the Dorset History Centre, the National Archives at Kew, and to other archives in London and the West Midlands. Please contact us if you need help with your own historical, manorial or genealogical research.
Our previous and ongoing projects have included:
- the publication of a local history book (based on extensive research in local council archives)
- the instigation of and groundwork for an archaeological survey with Heritage Lottery funding
- the study of a previously unresearched medieval hunting ground
- transcription of barely-legible 17th-century manorial documents
- the development and maintenance of web sites for genealogical researchers
- a study of transport history in the West Midlands
- We are currently engaged on a major project to research and document an estate's manorial holdings, dating back over 900 years, with a view to registration of manorial incidents
- besides a wide-ranging exploration of our own family history using archives in all parts of the UK and internationally.
Particular areas of expertise include transcription of audio tapes/files from research interviews, lectures, speeches and other academic sources. We offer a fast, accurate, confidential service.
Our rates are:
- £1.25 per audio minute for standard recordings
- negotiable rates for multi-speaker recordings and short turnaround times
Our transcriptions, transpositions and arrangements of musical scores and orchestral parts have been used by the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the London Mozart Players, the Southern Sinfonia and Winchester Cathedral Choir. We can produce orchestral parts from any orchestral score, subject to copyright restrictions.
Proofreading & Copy-editing
Our proofreading service includes checking documents for spelling and grammatical errors, and ensuring consistency in numbering, layout and references. We offer a friendly and professional service to a wide range of clients, including students, academics, businesses and not-for-profit organisations.
The main aim of copy-editing is to make your text as easily readable as possible, making sure that it makes sense and is expressed eloquently, that essential facts are accurate and consistent and that the whole document hangs together well. All subjects considered, but areas of particular expertise include history, business, management, accountancy, human resources, linguistics, language and literature.
Prices start at:
- £7.50 per 1000 words for straightforward proofreading, and
- £8.50 per 1000 words for texts requiring more significant copy-editing.
As an extension to our proofreading and copy-editing services, we also offer publishing and distribution - both physical and digital - through the Amazon / CreateSpace service. We can also help with the cover design and content of your publication.
Titles currently available are:
- The Coaching Dance, by Bob Thomson. Available as Paperback | Kindle eBook
Disillusioned with his job in the City, idealistic Ben Lindsay joins Hathaway Publishing International, where he manages a team of people for the first time. After some early disastrous meetings, Ben works with a coach who helps him to develop his own coaching skills, which Ben deploys to manage effectively and with integrity. The story conveys the basics of coaching and its use in managing people through the experiences of a novice manager.
Bob Thomson is an experienced coach and management development professional. He currently works at the University of Warwick where he acts as a coach, facilitator, supervisor and mediator. He was formerly the Leadership Development Manager at National Grid Transco. His previous books include Growing People: Learning and developing from day to day experience; Don't Just Do Something, Sit There: An introduction to non-directive coaching; and With No Attachment to the Answer. Non-directive coaching: assumptions, approaches and applications.
- Building a Community, by HCN Williams. H.C.N. "Bill" Williams (1914-1990) was appointed Provost of the astonishing new Coventry Cathedral in 1958. Available as Paperback | Kindle eBook
Written shortly before his death, but unpublished for nearly a quarter of a century, this book tells with warmth and humour the story of the pioneering ministry led by Provost Williams until his retirement in 1981, and reflects on many of the major social and political themes of the mid-20th century.
The semi-biographical story and its message remain poignantly relevant, and the Cathedral continues to build a community with global reach on the sure foundations laid by Provost Williams and his team.
- The Park - A History of Queen's Park, Bournemouth, by Stephen Gadd. This booklet was first published in 2002 to commemorate the Centenary of the naming of Queen's Park, Bournemouth. Available as Paperback | Kindle eBook
After a period of neglect, the Park's future hung in the balance, and its future development could be shaped by a better understanding of the Park's history. Stephen Gadd's authoritative research corrected many misconceptions about the Park's origins and purpose. Drawing extensively on material from the local Council's historic minute-books and from other archives and eyewitness accounts, he tells an intriguing and entertaining story of philanthropy and opportunism.
While employed in the Civil Service, Trixie Gadd was responsible for the installation and implementation of the HMRC's original VAT database in the 1980s, and later for the design and development of Warwick Business School's management information system. Also in the 1980s, Stephen Gadd developed a database for the Signalling and Telecommunications department of what was then British Rail.
Fast-forward a quarter of a century, and the storage and retrieval of data by electronic means have taken a central position in our everyday lives, accelerated by the development of the internet. We can help you to migrate your documents and data to online storage, using web-based database systems customised to your own particular requirements.
Much of our work in this field is for private clients, but a public example of our work can be found at OperAgent.com, which hosts a database of many thousands of individual records which can be selected and edited by subscribers, and searched by the site's visitors.
One area of expertise is the migration of paper-based or word-processed catalogues to database systems. In particular, we have developed software techniques to parse ill-formatted text data to make it ready for import into proprietary database systems.
We offer installation and hosting of the ICA-AtoM open-source archival description software and of Lucene Solr indexing servers, and also offer a bespoke archive index system with digital-media handling capabilities.
Web design & hosting
This site is itself a simple example of our own work. The logo design is our own too.
We have been building web sites since 1996, and programming computers since 1978. In that time, we have seen programming languages come and go, but have always kept abreast of developments so that we can offer you the latest features in web design and hosting - but with an eye on the sometimes outdated hardware of your site's visitors.
Examples of our work, of varying complexity and in diverse fields, can be found at the following sites:
“Thank you very much for your fine and speedy work. I would like you to know that I am very satisfied with the proofreading and will be glad to recommend your service to my colleagues and will certainly come back to you as soon as I have another text that needs to be corrected.” (Doctoral Researcher, University of Hamburg)
"You are amazing! You have turned these around so quickly, and have made a really excellent job of the transcripts. You couldn't be recommended any more highly." (Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies, Essex Business School)
"Many thanks for transforming my Word documents into a polished book. I am very impressed by how quickly and thoroughly you created the finished book – in both paper and Kindle forms – from my text. It was a pleasure to collaborate with you." (Learning and Development Adviser, University of Warwick)
"Many thanks again, I really appreciate everything you have done, and your kind support. It really made all the difference." (Research Associate, Loughborough University)
"Saying that I am pleased with your work is not enough. I am extremely grateful for the way you made my words come out and my meaning shine through." (Doctoral researcher, Southampton University)
MBA (Warwick), MA (Cantab.) Modern Languages, Certificate in Local History.
Trixie's outstanding command of the English language (coupled with knowledge of a range of other European languages) and her ability to focus simultaneously on detailed analysis and the big picture, have led to her reputation for clear, accurate, focussed writing and research.
She has spent twenty years in the academic world, writing and correcting documentation for a wide range of purposes, from research papers and book chapters to student dissertations and commercial marketing literature. Her broad range of specialist subjects includes business, management, accountancy, human resources, history, linguistics, language and literature.
After completing a certificate in Local History at the University of Warwick, Trixie embarked (part-time) on an MA in English Local History at the University of Leicester, and has expertise in archival research, landscape analysis and the interpretation of historical documents.
MA (Cantab.) Engineering, PPRNCM Vocal Studies.
Stephen Gadd holds a Master's degree in Engineering from St. John's College, Cambridge, and is currently studying Regional & Local History at the University of Winchester. He is better known as one of the U.K.'s leading international operatic baritones.
He divides his time, with a surprising degree of overlap, between the opera stage & concert platforms, composition of music, graphic design, database & web programming, and historical research. His current research is a detailed study of the development and decline of the manor of Christchurch from 1100 to the present day.