Chris Pickford studied history at Leicester and qualified as an archivist at University College London. He joined the staff of Bedfordshire County Record Office in 1977, becoming County Archivist in 1986. He left in 1998 to become Director of the Church of England Record Centre (CERC) in London. While at BCRO he took an active part in BHRS. He is an acknowledged expert on clocks and bells. Among a wide range of historical interests, architectural history and the study of buildings rank highest. Since leaving CERC in 2001 he has worked freelance. His revised edition of the Pevsner Buildings of England volume on Warwickshire, his native county, was published in 2016.