Victoria Owens has worked in the book trade and local government. She read English at the University of Bristol as a mature student and wrote her PhD thesis on seventeenth century translations of Virgil’s Aeneid. An interest in early engineers’ lives and letters led her to join the Newcomen Society in 2010. She has, until recently, been secretary of Newcomen Western.
A writer and independent scholar, she has contributed both to the International Journal for the History of Engineering & Technology and to Newcomen Links. Her publications include James Brindley’s Notebooks– an annotated transcription (Choir Press, 2013) and James Brindley and the Duke of Bridgewater – Canal Visionaries (Amberley Publishing, 2015). She has also written a novel, Drawn to Perfection (Hookline Books, 2013). A volunteer guide at Bristol Cathedral and the Clifton Suspension Bridge, she is currently researching Lady Charlotte Guest’s association with the Dowlais Ironworks.