Sean O’Dell studied Archaeology and Local and Regional History at the University of Cambridge, gaining a masters degree with distinction from Corpus Christi College. His main interests are in the maritime and coastal history of North Essex and Suffolk, including inland waterways. He is currently researching for his PhD (an investigation into the rise of the holiday industry in the Tendring district) at the University of Essex; he is also a lecturer at Colchester Institute. An experienced diver, Sean has been involved with marine archaeological projects in the waters off of the Essex coast, and has worked for the River Stour Trust. His published works, in addition to a number of journal articles, include: (2006) The Essex and Suffolk Stour: A History, Stroud: Tempus. His recent research on Brightlingsea in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries is due for publication shortly.