Stephen Butt was born and educated in Weston-super-Mare in Somerset and gained his first degree from Durham University. He worked as a Studio Manager with the BBC at Broadcasting House and with the BBC World Service before moving to BBC local radio where he presented and produced a wide range of programmes. Later he became a Senior Broadcast Journalist and joined the stationís management team.
He now enjoys writing and historical research, with over twenty books in print which combine an academic background in local history with a practical interest in photography. Stephen's BA degree was in Psychology and his MA degree is in English Local History (University of Nottingham)
During 2009/10 Stephen provided production and location research support for Michael Wood's major BBC television series Story of England for which he organised the Kibworth Dig involving local families in digging more than fifty archaeological test pits, and which became a linking theme in the programmes. He also worked on Mayavision International's Great British Story: A People's History, which was broadcast on BBC2 and BBC4 in Summer 2012.
Stephen has served as Honorary Secretary of the Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society. In 2016 he was commissioned by Leicester City Council to provide the research and text for a series of Heritage Panels to be installed at locations throughout the city. He holds the Certificate in Local Government Administration and works as a Parish Clerk for two Leicestershire parishes. He has also co-produced several corporate videos for Harborough District Council.
|Leicester in 50 Buildings
Published by Amberley Publishing on 15 September 2016
From its origins as a Roman settlement to its current status as one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the UK, Leicester has a proud and distinctive identity. This extraordinary history is embodied in the buildings that have shaped the city. Leicester in 50 Buildings explores the history of this rich and vibrant community through a selection of its greatest architectural treasures. From the ancent Jewry Wall to the shiny and modern National Space Centre, this unique study celebrates the city's architectural heritage in a new and accessible way.
Well-known local author Stephen Butt guides the reader on a tour of the city's historic buildings and modern architectural marvels. The churches, theatres, pubs and factories of Leicester's industrial heyday are examined alongside the innovative buldings of a twenty-first century city.
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