Talks and Lectures

Richard is experienced in talking to a variety of audiences, tailoring the content to suit! He offers talks on various local history subjects, some with slides or live music and poetry, as appropriate:

  1. Folklore and folk-songs of the west midlands
  2. Songs of the people and their historical connections
  3. Merrie England's folklore calendar: through the year in custom and song
  4. Songs the Victorians sang
  5. Rural industries before the railways (E. Worcs. and W. Warks.)
  6. Old occupations
  7. Local farm-houses and their histories (Alcester and Feckenham area)
  8. Worcestershire carriers before the Railway Age
  9. Old pubs and lost hostelries their history, strange names and stories
  10. Boundaries, borders and landmarks
  11. Market towns: their history, function and importance
  12. Humble homes: vernacular architecture in different regions of the UK
  13. Family history: dos and don'ts
  14. Snippets from Worcestershire newspapers before 1850
  15. Murder and manslaughter: strange deaths in Worcs/Warks history
  16. Surnames: their history and meanings
  17. Local place-names in Worcestershire and Warwickshire
  18. Local law and order and popular protest before 1850: manor courts, parish governance, riots and strikes
  19. From Edburga to Elvis: unusual saints and their churches
  20. Wayside wonders and country curiosities
  21. Plague, pestilence and pox: deadly diseases in days gone by
  22. Off to the workhouse: the poor are always with us
  23. Also non-historical talks:
  24. The Land of the Long White Cloud: personal impressions of New Zealand
  25. Wildlife in our gardens
  26. The English countryside in poetry and song
  27. Christmas songs through the ages: from Boar's Head to Bing Crosby
  28. Singing round the globe: songs from foreign climes
  29. Every common's gone and traps are set to kill: Enclosure in the English Midlands
  30. Hodge: the humble farm labourer of times past
  31. Worcestershire cricket heroes past and present
  32. Needlemaking in Worcestershire and Warwickshire 1640-1940
  33. Popular songs 1860s to 1960s

Long established in the entertainment business as a singer and musician, Richard aims to be entertaining as well as historically accurate.

To book contact Richard.