photoAinslie Hepburn’s fascination with people and the times in which they live has prompted research into the life of Herbert Sulzbach OBE (1896 – 1985). She has now completed writing his biography, which is a study both of his life and of the post-war Anglo-German reconciliation and friendship that was his passion for the second half of his life.

While Hepburn writes as a social historian, her work is not only for academic consultation but also for a wide audience of curious, engaged, and thoughtful readers. She is deeply committed to an understanding of the lives lived by the non-famous in 19th and 20th century Europe, and has enjoyed teaching social history to adult students.

Hepburn is now embarking on research for a memoir/biography of four women in her family – her grandmothers who lived during the late 19th and 20th centuries – whose lives were lived in very different circumstances and who yet shared many experiences, events, and expectations.