TALKS AND COURSES 2020

I offer a variety of talks from coffee break or lunchtime talks of around half an hour through the normal 45 to 50 minute ones to full study days of around 4 hours and will travel up to 50 miles from Leamington Spa.

All travel expenses up to a distance of 10 miles from Leamington are free – above that they are charged at 25p per mile. Daytime events are preferred for those venues over 20 miles away.

I have my own projector and tabletop screen but will require access to a projector screen or a blank wall for larger groups.

I am prepared to negotiate prices for small groups.  Please contact me by email.

 

FULL SIZE TALKS

These last for 45-50 minutes plus time for questions and cost £45 plus travel if applicable. 

Leamington Assembly Rooms Masters of the Ceremonies Series

1.  FRANCIS STENTON – fool for love?

2.  ABIATHAR HAWKES – the man who put the Royal into Leamington

3. WAR HERO OR DANDY? – the military careers of Leamington’s Masters of Ceremonies

General History/Entertainments

PREDATOR AND PREY – RFC pilots in the Great War (extended version)

RATTLE IN A RED COAT? – Napoleonic Wars Officers

IN DEFENCE OF THE REALM – the RNAS  in the Great War

LIVE FAST DIE YOUNG

LEAMINGTON AND THE FLYING CIRCUS – the birth of Air Travel

SIR THOMAS LODGE – Tudor merchant, adventurer, bankrupt, ancestor

GREETINGS FROM LADYSMITH – memoirs of a Boer War soldier

RIOT AND REVOLUTION – ancestors in “Interesting Times

OH JANE! –  an ancestor who was a little too free with her favours

WOMEN WHO MEANT BUSINESS – the businesswomen of Leamington’s Regent Street

 

Family History

BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE – the problems caused by misleading facts and family stories

CIVIL REGISTRATION an in-depth look at these bread and butter records

FOLLOWING BREADCRUMBS – finding sources for family history

USING THE 1939 NATIONAL REGISTER – for local and family history research

BACK TO BASICS IN FAMILY HISTORY

EMIGRATION SOURCES FOR FAMILY HISTORY

KNIGHT WORK a quest for medieval ancestors

 

COFFEE BREAK or LUNCHTIME TALKS

These consist of 20-30 minutes plus time for questions and cost £30 plus travel (if applicable).

EMMA STENTON – From Leamington to Calcutta

PREDATOR AND PREY – RFC pilots in the Great War

RATTLE IN A RED COAT? – Napoleonic Wars Officers

IN SEARCH OF THE SANDEMAN DON – the search for “George Masseot”

VOTING FROM THE FRONT – the 1918 election

WAR HERO OR DANDY? – the military careers of Leamington’s Masters of Ceremonies

STUDY DAYS AND WORKSHOPS

These usually last about 4 hours with a break for lunch and time on the computer to explore what has been learned.  They require access to a computer with an Ancestry subscription.  Price on application.

They can also be run as 2-2.5 hour sessions with a break in the middle without the computer session.  Contact me to discuss this or any other requirements you may have.  I am happy to design a bespoke workshop or talk for your group.

 MEET THE FAMILY – A beginners guide to starting your family history research

FINDING WW1 ANCESTORS – A series of case studies to illustrate the records available and how to use them.

WRITING UP YOUR FAMILY HISTORY – where and how to start

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