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Alison started out with an interest in local history which led to her becoming the chair of the friends of Basing House in Hampshire. She participated in a number of 17th century re-enactments at Basing House before joining Renaissance Footnotes in 1995. She has attended most performances and workshops since and has also taken part in events with Hungerford Household, Church State and Household, and at the Kentwell Tudor recreation. She has performed semi-professionally at Hampton Court Palace as a costumed interpreter.

Arising from her professional work as a nurse, Alison has developed a special interest in diseases and remedies using medicinal herbs. She has planted her own medicinal herb garden and is skilled at still-room work. She has bound reproduction herbals and medicinal books of the period for use at events. She enjoys researching topics for new events. She was a founder member of the village local history group and is researching village history from the Saxon period onwards. She has a collection of 16th and 17th century wills and inventories from the village as part of this research.

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