Details on talks + booking form

I offer several talks to WI, church groups, residential homes etc.

Talks available

  • Annoying ancestorsAn anecdotal tale of what to look for and pitfalls to avoid
  • Australian Gold RushHow some of our ancestors left these shores to go to a brave new world and seek their fortune. Many never to return home again.
  • Before the welfare state – institutions,  home remedies and quack doctors
  • Forgotten Women in Derby County Asylum – Together with an overview of Asylum life at Mickleover meet Emma, Catherine and Martha. You will also learn about Alice and Maud, who ‘recovered’ and returned to their everyday lives.
  • History of the postcardA plotted history of the humble postcard and it’s place in social history.
  • The Last English Nobleman Hanged for Murder  – A tale of wealth, separation, murder and a hanging centred on Staunton Harold Hall, Leicestershire.

What is it Quiz  Each quiz is a collection of 20 bygone household items – can you guess what they are?

  • What is it Quiz  – Set 1 
  • What is it Quiz – Set 2
  • What is it Quiz – Set 3
  • What is it Quiz – Set 4

Fees 2019

  • £45 within a 10 mile radius (20 return trip)
  • £50 within a 15 mile radius (30 round trip)
  • £55 within a 20 mile radius (40 miles round trip)

Mileage calculated from Spondon.   Please contact me to discuss the fee especially if the talk is for charity or for a group 12 people or smaller.

Happy to travel further as may be able to combine with a trip to the area. Please call to discuss.


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


  • All talks / quizzes last approximately 40 – 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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