Dr John Alban is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the School of History at the University of East Anglia, and was formerly County Archivist of Norfolk, 1997-2013. He has served as a Director and Trustee of the East of England Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, and was Chairman of the East of England Regional Archive Council from 2003 to 2006. Previously City Archivist of Swansea, he also taught courses in local history, medieval Latin and palaeography for many years at the Universities of Swansea and Cardiff. His 1976 PhD thesis, for the University of Liverpool, was on 'National Defence in England, 1337-89' and he has published on aspects of local history, heraldry, archives and the Hundred Years' War. He has been a member of the Council of the Norfolk Record Society since 1997.