Paul Murray is the great-great grandson of Sir James Murray, editor of the first Oxford English Dictionary. Paul studied at Emmanuel College Cambridge and graduated with an MA in Modern Languages in 1985. He has spent many years as a copywriter, translator, local historian and teacher.
A multi-linguist, he was one of the translators on The Larousse Encyclopaedia of Wine, and worked in the early part of his career in France and Germany. He has also written brochure copy for Mór Design, and worked as a playwright for the award winning Wishbone Theatre Company.
In his colourful and varied career, Paul also teaches presentation and communication skills to company executives at the Oxford Said Business School and at the London Business School. He has also led similar courses as far afield as Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Singapore and South Africa
Paul began his work as a local historian when he was commissioned to write a short history of the grade II listed Aged Pilgrims’ Rest-home in Camberwell, London. This was followed by requests to write on other aspects of local history in the area.
Paul was thrilled to be asked to contribute to the Archistory project. For him, researching each property presents a different and fascinating challenge. There is always something exciting to be discovered about a home, its setting, and the colourful characters who may have lived in it. The joy of writing an ‘Archistory’ is being able to unlock those secrets.