Alan was born in Marlborough, Wiltshire in 1968. He graduated from the University of Reading in 1990 with a degree in History and followed this with an MA in War Studies from King’s College London. Having worked as a curator at the National Maritime Museum and RAF Museum, Alan qualified with an MA in Museum Studies from University College London. Between 2000 and 2010 he was employed as a curator in the Photograph Archive of the Imperial War Museum. For the past five years Alan has held the position of Section Head – Photographs, being responsible for the curatorial team managing the IWM Photograph Archive. In 2004 he co-authored Under the Devil’s Eye: Britain’s Forgotten Army at Salonika 1915-1918 for Sutton Publishing and in 2006 Christmas in the Trenches 1914 – 1918 for the same publisher. In 2009, Alan edited for publication by Haynes the diary of a Royal Field Artillery signaller who served on the Western Front, titled Plough and Scatter: the Diary-journal of a First World War Gunner. Alan currently holds the position of Chairman of the Salonika Campaign Society.