After graduating with a First Class degree in Photographic Studies, followed later by an MA in Photography at the Royal College, Carol spent ten years working as a photographer in London, creating images for the design and publishing sector from her studio in Highbury. She set up Benchmark House Histories in 2010 whilst living in Kent and joined forces with Cathy after a move to Hertfordshire in 2014.
Carol oversees projects from initial concept to print - taking the photographs for the Silver and Gold packages, retouching archival material, designing the layout and organising printing/production.
Carol and Cathy work closely with clients throughout the process to ensure the result matches their expections - but they are equally happy to operate autonomously if required.
CATHY SOUGHTON is an experienced professional and qualified house historian with over thirty years' experience in historical research.
Cathy has a degree in Medieval and Modern history (which included modules specialising in local history and palaeography, both in Latin and English) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Architectural History from the University of Oxford. House history research is a specialised field and whilst many of the available documentary sources are those used by genealogists, as an architectural historian Cathy is also qualified to investigate the structural history of a house.
Cathy is a member of AGRA, the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives, which requires its members to meet high standards of expertise and professional conduct by proving their competence. She is one of the regular Ask the Experts at the annual Who Do You Think You Are? show at Olympia.