I have developed several talks, which have been inspired my my own experience of family history research, which are ideal for family history and local history organisations, historical societies, heritage events or any other groups who welcome guest speakers. If you are based in the north of England, and would be interested in booking one of my talks, I would be delighted to hear from you, and will happily supply a quotation on request.

In recent years I have spoken at meetings and events organised by:

Bolton Family History Society

Bradford History Society

Chipping Local History Society

Clitheroe Probus Club

Harrogate Family History Society

Lancashire Family History and Heraldry Society (Burnley and Pendle Branch)

Leigh Family History Society

Mawdesley U3A History Group

North West Branch of the Catholic Family History Society

Ormskirk and District Family History Society

Ormskirk Emmanuel Methodist Church Ladies' Evening Group

Over Wyre Family History Group

St. Anne's Roman Catholic Church in Ormskirk

St. Helens Townships Family History Society

Upper Dales Family History Society

Warton Crag Women's Institute

The Wellbeing Cafe at The Grove Community Centre, Burscough

West Lancashire Heritage Association

Wharfedale Family History Group

Wigan Family and Local History Society


I will be speaking at the following meetings over the next twelve months, and welcome enquiries about future bookings:

21 October 2019 - Who Do You Think You Are? My Experience of Researching for Television for Maghull and Lydiate Local History Society

16 February 2020 - A Tale of a Teacher for West Lancashire Heritage Association

2 April 2020 - Who Do You Think You Are? My Experience of Researching for Television for the Blackburn branch of Lancashire Family History and Heraldry Society

I am currently developing three new talks, and anticipate that they will be ready for an audience by late 2019. Any enquiries about these talks are very welcome.

A Priest In The Tree

An overview of the anti-Catholic legislation which affected the lives of English men who trained as priests between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries, followed by a summary of five members of the Hurst family who trained as priests. This talk ends with an overview of useful resources; if wished, these can be left out, which would shorten the overall running time by approx. 5 minutes.

Approximately 55 minutes.

£25 plus travel expenses.

The Trouble With Edward: The Story Behind A Maghull Gravestone

The story of the colourful life of my 3xgreat-grandfather Edward Willday, an accountant who moved from Worcester to Maghull in present-day Merseyside. This talk is illustrated with certificates, family photographs, criminal records, images of relevent locations and family tree charts, and also includes newspaper references.

£30 plus travel.

Approximately 60 minutes.

Catholicism In Ormskirk

An illustrated exploration of the way in which Catholic life was documented, survived and became accepted in and around the market town of Ormskirk, Lancashire. The presentation includes examples of recusancy fines, newspaper extracts and parish records.

£30 plus travel.

Approximately 65 minutes.

Read All About It: Making Use Of Old Newspapers

This talk investigates the many ways that a family historian can make use of historic newspaper archives. The changing tone of birth, marriage and death announcements, accounts of annual shows and fairs, crime and punishment, and nineteenth-century advertisements  

all feature in this very varied slideshow.

£25 plus travel.

Approximately 60 minutes.

Who Do You Think They Are? My Experience Of Researching For Television

In 2016, I carried out some background research for the BBC series Who Do You Think You Are? This talk discusses my experience of doing that work and includes examples of some of the resources I consulted in the process.

£25 plus travel.

Approximately 60 minutes.

Exploring Family History: A Beginner's Guide

This is a new talk for 2018, suitable for newcomers to family history or those who have always wondered how to start their research. Using examples from my own research and commissioned work, this Lancashire-themed demonstrates how to start investigating family history, how to understand census and parish records, how to use Lancashire-orientated genealogy websites and make the most of the resources available at the Lancashire Archives.

It is ideal for those with a passing interest in family history or those seeking a basic introduction to Lancashire-themed genealogy resources.

£25 plus travel.

Approximately 40 minutes.

A Tale of A Teacher from Burnley


A new talk for 2019,  based on my personal research into the history of my former primary school in Clitheroe, with a focus on a young female teacher with connections to the Catholic church of St. Mary of the Assumption, Burnley and the town of Accrington. This talk includes a variety of illustrations, and examples of the varied sources that can be used to trace Victorian teachers.

£25 plus travel

Approximately 45 minutes.

Talks in development:

Innkeepers and Gamekeepers: Tracing My Wandering Ancestors


This illustrated talk discusses my research into my maternal ancestors, the Siggs family, with a particular emphasis on their employment as publicans and gamekeepers. Newspaper extracts, census records, portraits, and birth, marriage and death records are amongst the resources used to explain how I developed an impression of the working lives of a branch of my family who travelled across England for work in the nineteenth century.

£30 plus travel.

Approximately 60 minutes.

The Clitheroe of Christmas Past


A selection of newspaper extracts are used to explore how Christmas was celebrated in my home town of Clitheroe between the 1840s and 1930s. Examples of old newspaper adverts placed by local businesses are combined with written articles published by the Blackburn Standard, Preston Herald, Burnley Express and Clitheroe Times. 

£25 plus travel

Approximately 60 minutes.

Origins: A Brief History Of St. Michael and St. John's RC School, Clitheroe


A two-part talk inspired by my research into my old school, which explores the origins of the building, its relocation to a new site on the same road, what was there before the school and how the building's history was charted through log books, newspaper reports and trade directories over the course of two hundred years. This talk should be ready for an audience by late 2019.

Price to be confirmed.

Length to be confirmed.

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