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.


Agricultural Labourers: lives, losses, loves (new for 2022) – Many of our ancestors were underpaid, overworked, agricultural labourers. This is a talk exploring their everyday lives and their fight for justice.

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 (New for 2022) Together with an overview of life in an asylum, you will meet Emma and Catherine and hear their stories. 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 its place in social history. This includes a look at a collection of saucy seaside cartoon postcards.

History of the Telegraph (New for 2022) – including a look at the invention, how it worked and the popular use of telegrams. Approximately 65 million were sent annually during the popular years of the 1930’s.

How many children!!! (New for 2022) A look at large families in the 18th / 19th century and the implications for the parents, especially the mothers.

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 6 – Each 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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