Old Bunyard was born in Kent’s county town, attended primary schools in Maidstone, Kingsgate, and Tunstall, and went to Maidstone Grammar School. After four years at Oxford and fifteen in London, he returned to Kent, and has lived near Ashford for nearly three decades.
He spent years visiting countless places of interest around Kent with his family, followed Maidstone United on its travels to every corner of the county in its Kent League years, and explored Canterbury many a time while both his children were at school there.
Having a particular interest in ancient history, he was invited to write a two-part account of early Kentish history for a local magazine. It was the start of a lasting interest in local heritage.
Old Bunyard has posted accounts of his upbringing in Kent in his popular Old Bunyard’s Memories series.
In 2019-20, he curated the acclaimed ‘Maidstone: United in Football’ exhibition at Maidstone Museum that was largely football-oriented but embraced a considerable amount of social history. Such was its success – over 20,000 visitors – that it has led to discussions about further such projects with greater scope in both geography and content. He published an accompanying book containing a colourful mix of sporting and social history.
Based on his professional work with psychology and neuroscience, he published a business textbook called The Honest Persuaders demonstrating the counterproductive nature of dishonesty in corporate and public life.
There followed a book of verse fables that teaches lessons about the workings of the human brain: Old Bunyard’s Philosophick Fables. The book has been used in local schools as a teaching resource.
That work has also extended into music, through his Science in Music project. One of SiM’s albums, ‘The Neuro Files‘, was turned into a 75-minute educational movie. Another, ‘Change of Mind‘, has been used in programmes designed to help with mental health issues in the workplace.
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