G. Alan Metters MA, PhD, PGCE, DMS, FHA, FRHistS


Alan Metters has been a member of the council of the society since 1988 and its honorary secretary since 2003. After graduating from Oxford University and doing teacher training at the University of Bristol, he worked as a schoolmaster in Norfolk and then as a lecturer at Norwich City College from 1972 until his retirement in 2003, by which time he was Head of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences and also an Ofsted college inspector. He did part-time doctoral research at the University of East Anglia during the 1970s, producing a thesis on ‘The Rulers and Merchants of King’s Lynn in the Early Seventeenth Century’. He has published a number of essays, articles and book reviews, a centenary history of City College (‘The Tech’ 1891-1991 – one hundred years of technical education in Norwich) and edited two volumes for the Norfolk Record Society: The Parliamentary Survey of Dean and Chapter Properties in and around Norwich in 1649 (vol. LI, 1988); and The King’s Lynn Port Books 1610-1614 (vol. LXXIII, 2009). Alan is currently Chairman of the Bishop of Norwich’s Committee on Books and Documents, and has joined the editorial team for the completion of the definitive edition of The Papers of Nathaniel Bacon of Stiffkey. He represents the society on the Norfolk Records Committee and is an honorary research fellow in the School of History at UEA.