Talks and Workshops

If you would like me to give a talk to your group or organisation then please contact me to arrange a date and find out my fee. I can also lead a workshop for small groups on historical themes. I am located in North Yorkshire.
Recents workshops have been

  • Travelling Back in Time - looking at transport
  • The History of Holidays
  • Leeches , Lumps and Lice - what diseases our ancestors suffered from and the remedies they applied.
  • Delving Into Archives - a useful workshop which can be adapted to cover a theme e.g. in conjunction with a small museum

Talks

most of these have been written for local organisations, and many are about the dales. Talks last an hour. At LAST (not before time some would say) I am moving into the digital age and am just starting to write talks with powerpoint presentations. I know that some audiences actually like a speaker that does not use PPP, but just in case you do I can now offer a choice !

  • Out of the Coverdale Cupboard - How I started in research, investigating some documents in a cupboard. Presentation with images , requires a screen.
  • London Links - Yorkshire folk who moved to London, how they go there, what they did, how much money did they make ? This is a piece of ongoing research into links between London and the Yorkshire dales. Presentation with images, requires a screen
  •  In Holy Charity - looks at local charities which had an important influence on the community, apprenticeships, almshouses, doles to the poor, education etc
  • Ladies of Letters - extracts from diaries and letters of ladies in the past which gives a glimpse of their experience of marriage, child bearing, work.
  •  Christmas Time in Days of Yore - a light hearted look at what our ancestors did around the festive season.
  •  Hark, Hark, the Dogs Do bark - stories of beggars in the 18th century  who were apprehended and sent to  the North Riding Quarter Sessions - some quite amazing stories of adventure.
  •  Being Sick in Body (but perfect in remembrance) - a look at life through people’s wills. Not at all morbid, it reveals many aspects of life.
  •  Caught in Chancery - the story of Jane. This is the tale of an 18th century dales girl, whose life could have been lived in total obscurity had it not been for a court case, when every aspect of her life was recorded in the court papers. This talk is quite long and lasts over an hour, but is totally absorbing.
  • The Great Grazing Country of the Children - this is about the phenomenon of the Yorkshire / London schools which proliferated along the Yorkshire / Durham / Westmoreland borders, and then disappeared after the publication of Nicholas Nickleby.
  •  The Jervaulx Journey - a whiz through the history of this beautiful place, taking aspects from the taught course, starting with the monks and ending with the great estate.
  •  Passing Through Yorkshire - a light hearted look at God’s Own County through the eyes of visitors passing this way, ranging from the 16th to the 20th centuries.
  •  Keeping the Feast - how did people manage before they kept diaries ? As well as dating events by Regnal year, they marked time by feast days. All kinds of documents record a variety of feast days that are now long forgotten, payments made, local fairs and patronal festivals. So if you were paid on the eve of the feast of St Martin in Winter, would you know when it was ?
  • Polly put the Kettle on - the influence of TEA, from a luxury to a political symbol. This talk explores the influence of drinking tea from high class drawing rooms to the Temperance Movement.

email me to book a talk or a workshop.

Holy Trinity Church, Richmond

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