About me

07891 718211 - sheridan.atishoo@gmail.com

About me

Telephone: 07891 718211 or email: sheridanparsons@gmail.com

Hello! I'm Sheridan Parsons. I live with my husband Mike and my youngest son, by Glascote Locks in Tamworth, the ancient capital of Mercia. Fun fact: we're 9 miles from the UK's furthest point from the sea, and 13 miles from England's centre of gravity!

I'm a bit quirky, in fact I'm quite public about the fact that I probably have Asperger’s, although I’ve never been officially diagnosed. Far from being a disadvantage, it gives me selective hyperfocus, excellent research skills, and a straight talking, honest approach, which some people find quite refreshing.

Books

My books include: a narrowboat log book; my mother's memoirs; a series of history books about Wootton Bassett; and a family history record book. My husband has written two canal themed murder mysteries. You'll find them all here.

Estate agency services

I provide 360 photography as an independent photographer, and other freelance estate agency services via a company called Viewber. I am no longer a regulated estate agent, so I am not able to introduce or negotiate, and I cannot deal directly with your solicitor, broker, or lender.

Teaching English as a Foreign Language

I specialise in OET exam preparation for international nurses. I have the following qualifications:

  • Diploma in TEFL / TESOL Level 5
  • Advanced Certificate in TEFL - Exam Preparation
  • Advanced Certificate in TEFL - IELTS Exam Preparation Course
  • Advanced Certificate in TEFL - Online Teaching
  • RSA Cert TEFLA (Cambridge)

Teasmades

I'm considered to be the world expert on the history of teasmades. I used to have the world's biggest collection of teasmades - 172 of them!

Genealogy, house history, and archives

I am an experienced and qualified local historian, house historian, and genealogist, with a particular interest in canal heritage and WW1. I have researched literally hundreds of houses and families. I have a Post Graduate Diploma in Local and Family History which included the following modules:

  • Skills And Sources for Family And Local History In England
  • House History
  • The Theory and Context of Recordkeeping
  • Archive Management Principles And Practice
  • English Palaeography And Diplomatic
  • Public History
  • Oral History

I am proud that my previous experience includes working on several contracts for the Royal Voluntary Service Archives. My work included:

  • Metatagging thousands of archive images using Adobe Lightroom, correcting cataloguing errors, and writing a guide for my successor.
  • Digitising over 7,000 narrative reports.
  • Selecting archive content for a high profile national fundraising campaign, and obtaining clearances from copyright holders.
  • Answering internal and external enquiries, accessioning and appraising new material, cataloguing using CALM, and more.
  • Social media management, increasing Twitter followers from 72 to over 1800.
  • Filming a 'behind the scenes' video.

Other qualifications

  • BA Hons Social Psychology
  • Suzuki Violin Teacher
  • Shoe Fitter

Canal volunteering

I'm well known for my passion for canals and canalside property. I used to volunteer as a 'greeter' on The Admiral, the Canal and River Trust's widebeam boat, moored at Caen Hill Locks in Devizes. Here in Tamworth, I volunteer with the local Towpath Taskforce whenever I can. I'm pretty handy with a windlass, a litter picker, or a paintbrush!