I am a Lancashire based historian and author who offers highly entertaining talks to clubs, historical societies, libraries and museums, as well as to U3A, Lifelong Learning, lunch clubs, fellowship groups, Probus, Rotary Clubs, the Women’s Institute, Mothers Union, and many other groups and organisations.
I am available during the day, as well as evenings and weekends. I do accept emergency or late bookings, subject to my diary.
I bring my own equipment and my talks generally last about an hour – they are aimed at mixed audiences of all ages, focusing heavily on people, places and social history. Utilising the latest PowerPoint and graphics software allow all my talks to be fully illustrated.
I researched and presented my first history talk back in 2003 and since then have presented my range of 30 talks at venues across the UK.
My main interest and passion is the First World War. I co-founded the Chorley Pals Memorial charity in 2007 and founded the ‘Chorley in The Great War’ group in January 2014. I write books and articles on the subject, as well as appearing on television with ITV Granada Reports, BBC North West Tonight and That’s Lancashire TV, as well as occasionally on BBC Radio Lancashire.
I spent most of my working life in sales and marketing, being comfortable presenting at conferences, product launches, seminars, meetings and training sessions.
I stepped away from full-time employment in 2008 and being retired I now concentrate on researching and writing about local and military history; I also enjoy photography and travel. Since 2022 I have been a supporter and volunteer for the Sporting Memories Network, giving my time and talks free to affiliated groups in Lancashire.
Over the years I have worked on First World War and Lancashire related projects for the BBC, ITV, FIFA, the National Memorial Arboretum, the War Memorials Trust, schools, charities, football clubs, travel companies and Local Government.
I am currently doing research about men from Lancashire Football League Club, Blackburn Rovers, who served in the First World War, Second World War and who did National Service, leading on the ‘Rovers in Uniform’ project. It is supported by the ‘We are THE Rovers’ Supporters Trust where I am a Board Member and ‘Heritage Champion’.
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