Stephen Done

Stephen Done


Stephen Done has lived in a number of places since being born in Redditch, but perhaps those that have had the longest impression are Scarborough and the Yorkshire East coast, Bristol and Portishead, and, since 1997, Wirral and neighbouring Liverpool. After completing a Fine Arts degree at, what was then, Leeds Polytechnic, Stephen worked at the Bristol Industrial Museum (now called ‘M Shed’) where he photographed a fading industry, fired and drove steam engines, and sailed to Gloucester and back up the Severn estuary on the world’s oldest surviving steam tug, all whilst learning to become a museum curator. He gained his professional qualification from Leicester University in 1989.

He went on to work as a curator in Cyfarthfa Castle Museum, Merthyr Tydfil, looking after fine Welsh art and ceramics alongside industrial and social history and restoring the Grade II* interiors to Regency splendour. Stephen then moved to the newly created post of museum curator at Liverpool Football Club where he oversaw the creation and opening of the museum from scratch, built an extensive collection of irreplaceable items spanning over 130 years of the club’s history, and co-wrote a number of reference books on the club.

In 2005, he began writing the first of his Inspector Vignoles series, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, and has since written eleven further books in the series, taking the railway detective and his team up and down the now long closed Great Central Railway (and others) as the years roll by.

When not writing, Stephen spends his time between the UK and Slovenia, painting, bird watching, gardening, and, of course, railway modelling.