About Me


David Fernley

David Fernley

My name is David Fernley and I’m a writer, photographer, and educator living in North Yorkshire, England. I’ve got many interests: history and literature, traditional music, the countryside, nature and documentary photography.  My particular passion is to know more about my family’s history and the world in which they lived. To help me do this, and document the world around me, I’ve created the Spanning The Years project.

Spanning The Years

The aim of Spanning The Years  is to research my family’s history and write about their lives and the times they lived in. I’m not just interested in who my ancestors were and what they did: I want to know how they lived, and what the wider world around them was like. Although this project has its roots in the past, I think it’s important to bring the story up to date by recording what I see around me. As well as researching the past, I also  photograph and write about the present. For more information go to the About Spanning The Years page.


I’m also passionate about education and my first career was as a learning and development specialist. As well as working on Spanning The Years, I do some freelance training design and assessment work to help pay for my project costs. You can find more details on my Hire Me page

About this blog

This blog is for anyone who’s interested in the past and present, and enjoys true stories made with words and pictures. It’s strapline is ‘Spanning the Years with Words and Pictures‘, and on this blog I’ll keep you updated on progress with my project, publish short articles and photo-essays on the past and the present, and review books which I’ve found interesting. 

I’d also like this blog to be a place where people get involved and contribute their own views about history and writing. If you want to get involved you can comment on individual posts, follow the blog on Facebook and Twitter, or contact me by email.

In my spare time

As well as writing and photography, I play the melodeon (a bit like an accordion, but with buttons instead of keys), tinker with my model railway, fish, and walk. I also love studying and have a BA in history and English and an MA in English literature.

When not being a serial hobbyist, I’m fond of the  of real ale and single malt whisky. I live with my lovely wife, a dog, a cat and a horse. (Except of course the horse lives outdoors.)