Marjie Bloy (née Williamson) attended Rotherham Girls' High School between 1958 and 1965. She qualified as a teacher in 1968 at Alnwick College of Education, Northumberland. She returned to her home town of Rotherham, England, where she taught in secondary education for eighteen years. Between 1987 and December 2001, she taught post-16 students at Rotherham College of Arts and Technology and the University of Sheffield.

In 1981 she graduated in History from the University of London (external), and in 1986 she was awarded a PhD from the University of Sheffield. Her thesis was a study of the second Marquis of Rockingham and Yorkshire Politics. In 1999 she was awarded an M. Ed. in Networked Collaborative Learning, also at the University of Sheffield. As part of the work for this Degree, Marjie produced a small web site of her own to evaluate. This has now grown into A Web of English History, a fully fledged site in its own right.

Having contributed to the Victorian Web on an informal basis, Marjie was appointed as a Senior Research Fellow at the National University of Singapore in January 2002 and spent the year at NUS writing materials for the Victorian Web, creating most of the materials on political and social history, including the sections on prime ministers, the Crimean War, nineteenth-century riots and civil disorders, the Poor House law, and British legislation. Since completing her time at NUS, she has continued to contribute to the site and, working with a collector of unpublished letters who resides in New Zealand, she has created "Letters from the Past," which contains both eighteenth- and nineteenth-century correspondence and a history of how people sent letters before the modern mail system. She returned to England in January 2003 and in August 2003 left to work at Beijing Language and Culture University for the academic year 2003-4.

Marjie is married to Glyn and their immediate "family" comprises Suzie and Wellington — two tabby cats. Other (human) family members live in Rotherham, England, and Toronto, Canada.

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Last modified 25 October 2005