I offer several talks to WI, Rotary, community organisations and church groups etc. My talks are listed below, the enquiry form is at the bottom of this page. All my presentations have a connection to a family ancestor.


Annoying ancestors – An anecdotal tale of what to look for and obstacles to be aware of when looking for your ancestors.

Australian gold rush – How some of our ancestors left these shores to go to a brave new world and seek their fortune. Many never returned home. The talk includes the story of 3 young men, who set sail from Liverpool to Melbourne Australia in April 1853.

Before the welfare state – the talk mainly covers houses of correction, the workhouse, home remedies and quack doctors.

Forgotten women and Derby County Lunatic Asylum (The Pastures Mickleover ((New for 2021) – Together with an overview of the Asylum and the life within the walls you will meet Emma and Catherine and hear their story. You will also learn about Alice and Maud, who ‘recovered’ and returned to their everyday lives.

History of the postcard – A potted history of the humble postcard and place in social history. This includes a look at a collection of saucy seaside cartoon postcards.

How many children!!! – A look at large families in the 19th century and the implications for the parents, especially the mothers. (New for 2022)

The Last English Peer hanged for murder A tale of wealth, marriage, separation and a murder, centred on Staunton Harold Hall, Leicestershire and The Palace of Westminster.

What is it quizSets 1 to 6Each quiz is a collection of 20 antique / vintage household items – can you guess what they are?

FEE for 2022 inc travel mileage to venue –

  • Zoom meetings £50
  • £55 within 10 miles (20 mile round trip).

Happy to travel up to 50 miles (100 round trip) as may be able to combine with a visit to the area.

For large groups, conferences or for small groups (under 15 people) please call me to discuss the fee. Thank you.

EQUIPMENT – I provide all the necessary equipment for the talks/quizzes, i.e. projector, laptop, screen, extension lead, quiz sheets and pencils.

TIMINGS – All talks / quizzes last approximately 45 – 50 minutes – plus time for questions / answers. Please contact me to discuss timings as all the above can be tailored to suit your needs.



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