Entertaining and informative illustrated talks on the local history of Sheffield by an established and well-known professional historian, writer and tour guide. I am a popular speaker at meetings of groups around Sheffield and the surrounding area, I have also given talks and for Sheffield's Festival of the Mind and Off the Shelf Festival and for English Heritage and the National Trust.
Entertaining and informative illustrated talks on the local history of Sheffield by an established and well-known professional historian and heritage interpreter.
I am a popular speaker at meetings of groups and societies around Sheffield and the surrounding area, I have also given talks for Sheffield's Festival of the Mind and Off the Shelf Festival.
- Sheffield Cathedral - 800 years of Sheffield History in One Building: A popular talk which looks at how Sheffield has developed from Saxon times up to the present day and how the city's history can be traced within the walls of its cathedral, if you know where to look. Through the building's architecture and stained glass you will discover hidden stories from medieval, Tudor and Victorian times, and meet the people who have shaped Sheffield's history such as the Earls of Shrewsbury, Bess of Hardwick, Mary Queen of Scots and many more. I am also the author of Sheffield Cathedral's official guidebook.
'Sheffield's Hidden Necropolis: Tucked away on a hillside just off Ecclesall Road lies a hidden Victorian city of the dead, Sheffield’s very own Highgate. Sheffield General Cemetery, a Grade II* listed heritage and conservation site, is a museum of people which tells the story of Sheffield’s past through its 87,000 residents and 10 listed monuments and structures. Discover one of England’s earliest landscaped Garden Cemeteries as we meet steel barons, radicals, soldiers, an elephant trainer and a Russian aristocrat when we travel back in time to 1836 on a very Sheffield story of life – and death – in Victorian times.
- 'A Victorian Christmas' - how the Christmas we celebrate today had its origins in Victorian Britain, from Christmas trees and turkey to crackers, cards and carols, and with a special look at local Sheffield & South Yorkshire Christmas customs and the Sheffield carols. A fascinating look at traditional Christmas customs to get you in the mood for the festive season.
- 'How the Tudors celebrated Christmas' - go back to Tudor times and learn about advent and the 12 days of Christmas in the time of the Tudors - a fascinating look at the feasts, festivals and customs of a Tudor Christmas and the early origins of our Christmas traditions. Discover how Mary Queen of Scots would have celebrated Christmas during her time in Sheffield in the custody of the Earl of Shrewsbury and Bess of Hardwick, and learn how to add a Tudor touch to your own Christmas celebrations.
Talks ideal for retired groups, Local History Groups, Rotary, Probus, U3A, Womens Institute, Townswomen's Guild etc. and can be held at your meeting place on weekday daytimes or evenings.