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Bob Trubshaw

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Full name: Robert Nigel Trubshaw
Born: 1954 in Leicester

Since childhood I have been interested in photography and all aspects of landscape, especially geology and archaeology. I graduated as an industrial designer and worked in various aspects of the plastics industry from the mid-1970s until 2001. In 1986 I returned to Leicestershire and, in my spare time, became deeply involved in local history and folklore. At the end of 2010 I moved to Avebury, Wiltshire, but came back to Leicestershire in May 2016 before moving to Lincolnshire in March 2021 and Nottinghamshire in April 2022.

Heart of Albion Press started in 1989 to publish my research into aspects of Leicestershire and Rutland local history – such as holy wells, standing stones, ancient crosses, and medieval church carvings. Fairly quickly this led to publishing books and booklets for other authors. This on-line catalogue of Heart of Albion titles reveals how the range of titles has evolved over thirty-plus years.

There's a full list of my books, booklets, articles and videos here.

Most of the videos are here: Bob Trubshaw's YouTube Channel

What does a hard-working publisher and writer does for relaxation? In my case I used to take a lot of photographs – both when out and about or in the studio. The online Art of Albion gallery includes several free-to-download PDF albums of some of my best shots.

However, in recent years I have been taking comparatively few photographs and now organise other people to take them! In 2009 I helped to set up Project Gargoyle. This aims to photograph every medieval carving inside and outside the churches of Leicestershire and Rutland. We expect to photograph and document over 10,000 such medieval carvings – it is the first time such a county-wide survey has been attempted. Project Gargoyle is supported by Leicestershire County Council, the dioceses of Leicester and Peterborough, the Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society and Leicestershire Fieldworkers.

In autumn 2018 photography – and assorted other skills – were part of an obsession with the Whittlecreek and Eaton St Torpid Heritage Railway, a Rowland Emett-inspired 1/20 scale modelling project with an extensive web site of 'parallel realities and converging fictions'. This led to a brief flirtation with Ivor the Engine and plans for a fictional extension of the Rye and Camber Sands Tramway as far as Dungeness. However as of 2024 my main creative focus during the winter is making videos for YouTube and during the summer I potter in my garden.

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