Stephen has been on the speaking circuit since 2008 presenting on a variety of subjects including Local, Industrial, Social and Family History. Based near Ilkeston in Derbyshire he is a very active member of the Ilkeston and District Local History Society. Stephen has also participated in the production of several publications, either by himself or on behalf of his local history society.
His current program of subjects covers local, family, social and industrial history. All are Powerpoint presentations except a couple which utilise film footage on DVD He carries all his own equipment but is happy to use any in-house equipment if available.
- Terror from the Skies – January 1916 the night the Zeppelins came
- Catherine Crompton’s Diary. In 1865 Catherine married a member of one of Derbyshire’s wealthiest families. From 1867 till 1897 she kept a diary. But was there more to her story than first meets the eye?
- The Life and Travels of Robert Bruce Napoleon Walker: Or what do the Battle of Trafalgar, an African Princess and my wife got in common?
- A Family History Presentation along the lines of ‘Who Do You Think You Are?
- Stanton-Gone but not Forgotten: The Story of the Iron Dale. Situated between Nottingham and Derby the works once occupied an area of over three square miles and employed upwards of 10,000 workers. This is a potted and sometimes humorous history of the Stanton Iron Works.
- The History Beneath Our Feet. In 2001 a chance comment by an Ilkeston resident led to the discovery of Ilkeston’s first major archaeological discovery. Over a period of four years members of the local history society uncovered the remains of two hitherto unknown structures and a wealth of archaeological material which provided a unique insight into the town’s past.
- A Taste of Tudor Ilkeston. Utilising Parish Records, Wills, Court Rolls and the oldest known map of Ilkeston (dated 1598). Gain an insight into what day-to-day life was like in a typical 16th Century village.
- Stanton on Film. Ever wondered how an iron works operated? This presentation utilises film footage, some of which was taken in the 1930s, shows how one of the largest industries in Derbyshire once operated. This presentation is a DVD – the original film having been transferred to disk.
- Stanton at War 1939-1945. Utilising remarkable film footage taken in 1943 this presentation tells the story of Stanton’s contribution to armaments production during the Second World War. This presentation is a DVD – the original film having been transferred to disk.
- OWD ILSON (or to those from further afield ‘Old Ilkeston’) A light-hearted introduction to the history of this ancient Derbyshire town.
Stephen currently charges £35 plus mileage if over a certain distance from Sandiacre, Derbyshire.
Available throughout the year and for last-minute requests.
Telephone: 0115 854 8373
NOTE: This is for guidance only. You need to check the details directly with Stephen