David J. Eveleigh comes from the Wirral. He read history at the University of Swansea and subsequently completed the post-graduate art gallery and museum studies course at the University of Manchester. He began his museum career at Helmshore Mills Textile Museum in Lancashire. He has also worked at the Museum of English Rural Life at the University of Reading and for Bristol City Museum & Art Gallery. He moved to the Black Country Living Museum in 2009 and is now its Director of Collections, Learning & Research.
David has published twelve books and a number of essays and articles reflecting his wide ranging interests: these include local studies, nineteenth century social history and the history of everyday things – he is a leading authority on the history of household fittings and equipment. Among his books is Bogs, Baths & Basins, the Story of Domestic Sanitation published by the History Press. He also recently wrote and presented a DVD, Victorian House Technology, produced by the University of the West of England. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, a Fellow of the Museums Association and in 2011 was elected a personal member of the Association of European Open-Air Museums.