I have been undertaking family and local history research professionally in Norfolk for more than 35 years and have been a full member of AGRA since 1986. I am a graduate in English History from the University of East Anglia, where I continued for several years as a post-graduate, researching the C15th legal profession in East Anglia. This provided me with a sound research training and enabled me to make historical research my chosen career.
Over the years, I have built up my palaeographic expertise, from medieval to modern, and have worked on a wide variety of local and family history projects for many different clients. My speciality is Latin translation, deciphering difficult handwriting and transcribing or summarising old documents. However, I am happy to undertake research commissions of any period. Apart from my private clients, I have acted as record agent in Norfolk for the major national genealogical research firms, undertaking all their Norfolk research.
"My appreciation for many Latin translations goes to Diana Spelman, an historical researcher based in Norwich."
- Murray Johnston, The Watford Knight's Fee: The Manors of Medieval Watford, Northamptonshire (2018)
"I have also been helped enormously by the painstaking research undertaken by Diana Spelman on the early wills, IPMs and manorial documents. She has been my hidden treasure."
- Elaine Murphy, The Moated Grange: A history of South Norfolk through the story of one house, 1300-2000 (2015)
"Diana Spelman, whom I was very fortunate to find, was an assiduous and talented researcher, performing Herculean tasks in quickly tracking down [and translating] documents in the Norfolk Record Office..."
- Robert Hutchinson, House of Treason: The rise and fall of a Tudor dynasty (2009)