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Speaker

I have given many talks over the past few years; mainly related to Sussex history and genealogy.

My latest talk is on the history of the Lewes Workhouse; a once imposing building in the town, but now long-forgotten.

Although my local history talks are well-researched and factual, they often lean towards the light-hearted and entertaining, such as the talks entitled 'A Turbulent History of Pub Life in Lewes', and 'A Sporting History of Sussex: from the amazing to the bizarre', which takes a look at the many unusual sporting activities within the county over the past 200 years; from jingling matches to menagerie races.

I have spoken for many organisations and societies, including The Society of Genealogists, Lewes History Group, Alfriston Historical Society, Brighton U3A, Billingshurst Local History Society and various Women's Institutes.

However, I have also branching out into 'comedy/history' gigs, giving shorter versions of two of the above talks, but focussing more on the hilarious episodes of Victorian and Edwardian history. These I have given at The Bavard Bar and The Catalyst Club.


My next scheduled talks are -

16th January 2020 - 'A Turbulent History of Pub Life in Lewes' - Wivelsfield Historical Society

17th March 2020 - 'A Sporting History of Sussex: from the amazing to the bizarre' - East Grinstead U3A

21st May 2020 - 'Understanding Rural Migration in late 19th century England' - Sussex Family History Group, Worthing


Currently available for bookings.
I charge £55 per talk, (plus travel expenses, if more than a 15-mile round trip).



Selected past talks -

13th August 2019 - 'Writing a Family History Narrative' - The Wivelsfolk Group, Wivelsfield

11th June 2018 - 'The History of the Lewes Workhouse Building' - Lewes History Group

4th January 2018 - 'Drunken Edwardians' (20-minute comedy-history gig) - The Bavard Bar, Printers Playhouse, Eastbourne

20th December 2017 - 'Bizarre Sporting Events in Sussex History' (20-minute comedy-history gig) - Bavard Bar, Kino Teatr, St Leonards-on-Sea

2nd November 2017 - 'Life as a Genealogist' - Burgess Hill U3A

25th October 2017 - 'Understanding Rural Migration in Late 19th Century England' - Society of Genealogists, London
"Best speaker I've ever heard at a SoG event"

25th July 2017 - 'Life as a Genealogist' - Ringmer U3A

24th May 2017 - 'Drunken Edwardians' (20-minute comedy-history gig) - Bavard Bar, Kino Teatr, St Leonards-on-Sea

13th April 2017 - 'A Sporting History of Sussex: from the amazing to the bizarre' - Billingshurst Local History Society

30th March 2017 - 'Bizarre Sporting Events in Sussex History' (20-minute comedy-history gig) - The Bavard Bar, Printers Playhouse, Eastbourne



Writer

Although I have produced much academic work on migration patterns in the 19th century, I also write about local history for various publications. I had a regular spot for four years in Viva Lewes on the old pubs of Lewes, and have also written other articles for them on Samuel Medhurst (Lewes millwright), the city of Lewes, Delaware, USA, and The Miller's Walk in Lewes.

I have also written an article related to my bizarre Sussex sports talk for the online magazine Eurogamer