W.H. Crawford was the archivist with special responsibility for education at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and subsequently Keeper of Material Culture at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum. He retired as Development Officer for the Federation for Ulster Local Studies. As an honorary research fellow at the Institute of Irish Studiesin Queen’s University Belfast, he lectured on the regional and local history of Ulster for which he had been awarded a PhD. in 1983. He has pioneered research in the creation and evolution of estates, towns and markets and fairs inUlster; relations between landlords and tenants on these estates from c. 1600 to 1820; and the development of the linen inUlster. His archival and museum experience is reflected in several case studies social life in Ireland.