Roger studied history at UEA, completing a BA(Hons) and then a PhD about the nineteenth century history of the Norwich Union Fire and Life Insurance Societies. From the 1970s he held various teaching and research posts in further and higher education, mostly in north western England, including Edge Hill University and then Lancaster University, where he taught history as a teaching and honorary research fellow in the Economics Department from 2000 to 2008. Roger’s publications and research interests include the history of finance, recreation and rural society, and he served on the Historic Records Committee of the Chartered Insurance Institute during the 1980s and early 1990s. He has also maintained his original research interest in the history of East Anglia and contributed the Chapter on ‘Banking and Insurance’ in ‘Norwich Since 1555’, edited by Carole Rawcliffe and Richard Wilson (2004). Since retiring, he has returned to live in Norfolk.