Since 1990, Spotlight’s historical geographer Betty Cooper has undertaken comprehensive original research into North Staffordshire’s architectural heritage and its socio-economic, legal and administrative history.
Betty was educated at Brownhills High School in Tunstall and at Manchester University where she wrote her thesis on the development of The Potteries.
Her researches have enabled her to produce the first map of medieval Tunstall, which was an important market town and legal/administrative centre surrounded by six open fields.
Betty has written extensively about The Potteries, and her articles have been syndicated in Canada and the United States.
Between 2010 and 2014, she researched the lives of local architects for The Phoenix Trust’s campaign to make the North Staffordshire Coalfield a World Heritage Site.
Betty’s researches are being turned into posts that will be published on our sister site Spotlight on Stoke.