Directory of Speakers, Walks/Tours & Research Assistance


The CLHF have produced a booklet  “A-Z of Speakers” since 2002.  Since then, the increased usage of the internet and the ease with which it is now possible to update websites the CLHF will now maintain the list only on the website with no further specific printed editions being produced. (Printed copies of the database can be supplied if necessary at a charge).

The speakers on the list are mostly there by their own request and their inclusion is in no way a recommendation by the Federation as to the quality of the speaker or of the contents of the talks.

If you would like including on the list, or know, or heard a speaker who you feel should be on the list please contact us.

Recently added speakers and/or talks are given in italics

If speakers have been listed in the Federation's programme of events in the last 2 years this is shown next to the talk given. (Starting January 2019)

Speakers with a are possibly available at short notice in the case of a cancellation.

Speakers with a  are speakers who have indicated they are happy to do talks via Zoom. 

The Bulletin editor is always happy to receive reviews of speakers.

The committee has the right to remove speakers from the list without explanation.

The Federation produces a GUIDE TO GOOD PRACTICE WHEN BOOKING A SPEAKER. The use of this guide can help organise a successful meeting. The guide is available on the link below.

BOOKING A SPEAKER? Click here GUIDE TO GOOD PRACTICE: Delivering a Programme of Speakers



1.  Speakers using Zoom.  

Mr Stan Abbott
Dr Sue Allan
Mr Alan Bell
Mr Graham Brooks
Mr Andrew Connell
Mr Stephe Cove
Mrs Christine Craghill
Mr Rob David
Mr Steve Dickinson
Dr Christopher Donaldson
Prof. Fiona Edmonds
Mr Steve Fermer
Mrs Val Fermer
Mr Chester Forster
Mr Pax Garabedian
Mr Kevin Grice

Mr Mark Hatton
Mr Harry Hawkins
Mr Maks Loth-Hill
Mr Barry McKay
Mr Bob Price
Mr Alastair Robertson
Mr John Sharpe
Dr Jean Turnbull

Mrs Janice Wilson
Miss Susan Wilson
Dr Mike Winstanley

2. Details of all Speakers below: Please note: only the Speakers listed  above are currrently prepared to use Zoom.


Chair of the Outdoor Writers & Photographers Guild.
Tel (mob): 07815 777256
Website: and
Fee: £150 (expenses may also be applied)

** The stone circles of Bronze Age and Neolithic Cumbria. The speaker’s extensive research
into Cumbria’s extraordinarily rich and ancient heritage is the bedrock of his book, Ring of
Stone Circles: Exploring Neolithic Cumbria, published by Saraband, 2022.

** Saving the Settle & Carlisle Line: how the battle was won – Based on the speaker's
experiences as a journalist reporting on the campaign for local and national newspapers etc.,
but beginning with the question: “What if the 2015 flood damage to the line had happened in
the 1980s?”

The speaker is also able to talk about exploring the remarkable Victorian infrastructure of the
railway on foot, as featured in his 2021 book, Walking the Line: Exploring Settle & Carlisle
Country, also published by Saraband.

He would also be happy to offer guided walks on sections of the Settle & Carlisle and in certain areas of Neolithic Cumbria, such as Shap or other locations by request.

  ALLAN, Dr. Sue

Tel (mob): 07941 255281 (land): 016973 44363
Green Garth, Old Brackenlands, Wigton, Cumbria, CA7 9LB
Fee:  £50-£100, but negotiable, plus travel expenses if outside my local area. PowerPoint presentations: have own laptop, projector and speakers – just require screen or white wall. Many presentations include audio of music and song, and a few also live performance!

* Echoes of Old Cumbria: traditional folk music, dance and song of the Lake Counties
* D’Ye Ken John Peel: the man and the journey of the song over almost 200 years
* Song hunters and fox hunters: folk song of Cumbria
* Miss Wakefield’s Kendal Folk Song Competition 1902-1906
* Penurious poets and Ballad-Mongers: nineteenth-century ballad singers & sellers in Cumberland & Westmorland
* Merrie England, May Day and more: morris dances in Cumbria in the early twentieth century
* Robert Anderson (1770-1833): the dialect poet and Cumberland Bard
* Merry neets and bridewains: observations on local music and customs in the Lake Counties during the Romantic
* The Cumberland Bard and the Cumbrian Minstrel: dialect poets Robert Anderson and John Stagg
* Standing pies and possets: an old-fashioned Cumbrian Christmas
* Cumbrian vernacular and dialect poets: part of the Romantic literary canon?                                                                            *"Whorray! here th' Maskers cunman": Cumbrian sword dancers and mummers


Website:   To Book, contact: Judith Shingler 015394 34640 07855 909238
Fee: £40 (travel expenses may also be applied outside the local area)

* 'Those were the Days': School Life in the 50's & 60's. School milk, the 11+ and Spotted Dick.
* The Big House: life Upstairs & Downstairs in various Lake District Houses in the early 20th Century.
* The Great War: Ambleside's Story
* A Short Story: The Short Brothers Factory and the building of Sunderland Flying Boats at Windermere in WW2.
* Those Were The Days: Earning a Crust. Local employment and working conditions in the years before & after WW2
* Emergency: Life before 999. How emergencies were dealt with in the early 20th Century.
* World War II.  (Lorton & Derwent Fells LHS, June 2022)


At The Armitt we are always delighted to welcome groups to the museum, and we also can go out to deliver outreach talks to groups at their meeting venue.

Special discounted rates for groups 10+
Option 1 - £5 per head - includes entry into the museum
Option 2 - £9 per head - includes entry into the museum
and a talk – select from either “The Armitt History” or “Beatrix Potter”

Both options include free admission for group tour guide, driver, or organiser.

To discuss your group requirements further, please get in touch with a member of the team today.
Email:   Phone: 015394 31212
For groups less than 10, standard admission rates apply


Tel: 01229 407377
Cumbria Archive & Local Studies Centre, Barrow Ramsden Square, Barrow-in-Furness, LA14 1LL
Fee: Outside Talks £72.  Group Visits to archive centre £36.60
Speaker: Susan Benson – Archivist

* Cumbria Archive Service
* Sources for the local area and industries
* Diaries of William Fleming of Pennington 1770-1829
* Diaries of Edward Wadham of Millwood, agent to the Duke of Buccleuch 1851-1912
* Voices from the Archives - poems, diaries, letters
* Art in the Archives - George Romney, Abel Masson, Ben Lones, Cartoons, caricatures and more
* Unusual Documents in the Archives
* Barrow & Docks 150 years. 
History of Barrow Library
* Sources for Family History
* Black Rugby Players of Barrow

BELL, Mr Alan

Tel: 01946 72425
Fee: I request expenses and I make a donation to the Whitehaven Salvation army at Christmas

* The Rise and Fall of Maritime West Cumberland (Given to Whitehaven Probus and West Lakes U3A)
* Eight World War 2 sites of West Cumbria (Given by zoom to Whitehaven Rotary and Gosforth Rotary)
*  The Two TNT factories.

BENSON, Susan:



Tel: 01228 560740
South View, Warwick on Eden, Carlisle CA4 8PA
Fee: Donation to Cumbria County History Trust

* In Search of Appleby Street: A lost Roman road between Appleby & Brampton
* The Riders of Renwick: Life on a hostile Frontier 1500-1600.
* The Sun is High & Oxford Far Away: The changing relationship between the Oxford college & their Renwick tenantry 1600 – 1660 [Lorton]
* A Purvey for the Poor: Renwick 1720–1780
* Age of Reform - Renwick 1780-1840
* Return of the Dacres: Francis Lennard's claim to Kirkoswald 1634/1652
* The Dacre Inheritance 1569-1601
* Age of Empire, Renwick 1840-1900
* The Remarkable History of Parkhead Chapel - the Kirkoswald Independent movement from 1653
*  Kirkoswald and Renwick - researching and writing for the Victoria County History'

  BROOKS, Mr Graham

Tel: 07876 417695
Fairhurst, Aglionby, Carlisle, CA4 8AQ
Fee: £40 Plus travel expenses

* Brick making with special reference to the history in the Carlisle area
* Lime Kilns their structure and function and use of lime (using examples from the area in which talk is given, where possible)
* Industrial Archaeology and history of the North East Cumbrian Coal Field – Lumps and bumps in the Pennines and Caldbeck area Oct 2019 Hesket.
* Lord Carlisle's Railway and its associated industries - The reasons for the development of a private railway, coal mining March 2019 Carlisle Local History
* Industrial Archaeology: a general introduction to the development of the subject in the UK and Cumbria (Usually illustrated with a look at a variety of subjects eg. Bridges, iron industry development, mining techniques and development in Cumbria and the different minerals mined)Feb 2019 Lamplugh.
* What Gypsum was used for in the Eden valley March 2019 Appleby Society. 
* Modern farm buildings development, and what's in that shed (A look at the development of the modern farm building and how it developed from the traditional farm building)
* Tindale Zinc Spelter: its history and the processes involved
* Use of Water Power Wheels, Turbines, Ballast, Hydraulic Engines etc in Mining (with specific examples in Cumbria)

*lead smelting technology with reference to the smelt mills of Cumbria

Warwick Bridge Corn Mill. This is a early 19th century mill on a site dating back to the 12th century. It has recently been renovated and brought back to use as a commercial mill producing stone ground flour. The talk looks at the history of the mil, its restoration and how it now works with an explanation on how all the machinery works with videos.  Samples of flour and bakery products from the Mill can be brought for sale at talks. Tours of the mill can be arranged and demonstrations of  the milling process given.

BULL, Mr Peter

Fee: £250 including travel from Leeds

* Historical Musician, 13th to early 20th Century. Informal presentation and history of instruments: Lute, Hurdy-Gurdy, Dulcimer, Recorder, Flute, Cittern, Voice, and Bagpipes



CONNELL, Mr Andrew

Tel (mob): 07817754612 or (land): 01768351847
11 Mill Hill, Appleby, CA16 6UR
Fee: None, but I do ask transport to and from the venue as I don’t drive.

* Appleby Fair: myth and reality [Shap] [Bampton] [Kendal]
* Appleby-in-Westmorland: ’please don’t ever change’ - (this could take the form of a guided walk)
* John Robinson (1727-1802): the Appleby boy who ran the country
* Richard Atkinson (1739-1785): from Temple Sowerby to the World - wealth, influence and disappointment
* The Lowthers in Politics, 1750-1930
* No rails through Ambleside, 1840-1925: keeping the wrong people out of the Lake District
* A school at war: Appleby Grammar School boys in World War II
* Charlotte Smith, John Robinson and William Wordsworth: revenge, revolution, romanticism

COVE, Mr Stephe

Tel 01229 773965
10 Kingsland Road, Millom, Cumbria LA18 5BP.
Fee: mileage from Millom at 20p per mile plus a donation to Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Team

* Mountain Rescue in SW Cumbria – history of the Millom and Duddon and Furness mountain Rescue Teams
* A Short History of Walking the Fells – from the Langdale Axe factory to the present day [Duddon Valley LHG jan 2020]
* Take a closer look at Stone Walls – building dry stone walls and the Broughton enclosure act
* A Walk Around Historic Whitehaven [Furness FHS Nov 2019]
* Hodbarrow Mines at Millom. (N.B. This talk  can be delivered locally in Millom followed by a walk around the remains of the iron mining site).
* Millom – the growth of a Victorian New Town
* High Living – Excavating Medieval Longhouses in the Duddon Valley
* Have you ever noticed?– the history beneath your feet
* Washfolds in the Duddon Valley… and Beyond – a look at one aspect of the agricultural archaeology of sheep rearing from the 16th century.”

CRAGHILL, Mrs Christine

Tel (mob): 07449 147217 or (land): 01228 675881
Touchwood, Hethersgill, Carlisle CA6 6EH

Fee: £35 for local talks. £40 plus for further afield depending on distance.
All talks are given as digital presentations with a wide variety of images to illustrate topics.
Have own digital projector if required.
Please note from October to mid April no evening talks given outside speaker’s local area. Daytime
talks given year-round.
Also available for talks on Zoom year-round.
*Belted Will’ and the 1603 Survey of the Barony of Gilsland: When Lord William Howard gained
possession of the Barony of Gilsland in North Cumberland shortly before the Union of the Crowns in
1603 he engaged noted draughtsman & cartographer, William Hayward, to make a survey and
produce a set of corresponding maps, noting all the tenants and their properties within the separate
manors of the Barony. The information on the maps matches that of the written survey. In 1829 the
maps became water damaged when being transported by ship. Despite this most of the sheets can
be successfully read when matched with the written survey. Cumbria Archive Service have now
digitised the maps and Chris shows the value of using both maps and schedule for family, local and
landscape historians.
*Echoes Across the Borderlands – The Buildings, Landscape & Sounds of Border Reiving Times:
Set against the landscape of the Anglo/Scottish Border Chris shows how the onset of war between
the two countries, which ultimately led to cross border reiving raids, brought about a change in
construction and land management in the region. Feel the reverberations of rustlers, kidnappers,
blackmailers, counterfeiters & murderers – who operated on both sides of the border under the clan
system known today as the Riding Names and take a look at their posthumous legacy.
*From Cumberland to Pennsylvania – A Quaker Journey: The Fell family of Longlands in the parish
of Uldale, Cumberland, suffered when they became followers of George Fox in the mid-17 th century,
triggering a family member, Joseph, to take his young family to Pennsylvania in 1703, where they
became part of an early, expanding Quaker community yet still managed to keep their links with
*Mr Justice Wren of Castlerigg: The rise and fall of a Cumbrian Parliamentarian during one of the
most turbulent periods of British History. Gawen Wren’s story is played out against the backdrop of
the English Civil War, the creation of the Commonwealth and the subsequent Restoration of the
*Around the Farmhouse Fireplace: The development of the Cumbrian farmhouse fireplace and the
pivotal role this indispensable feature played in the daily lives of Cumbrian farming communities.
*Cumbria Farmhouse Odyssey A journey through time assessing how the Cumbrian farmhouse has
developed since medieval times, travelling through the ‘so called’ Great Re-building to ‘polite’
architecture and the emergence of enlightened Victorian Model Farms.
*A Seventeenth Century Time Capsule: An appraisal of a 1699 pictorial ‘bird’s eye’ view estate map
of the village of Uldale, in the Northern Fells of the English Lake District, giving its historical context
using comparative evidence from aerial photographs and primary source documents, such as manor
court papers, probate records and later maps, with some surprising results.
*From Peasant to Estatesman A look at the rise of the Cumbrian yeoman farmer after the
dissolution of the monasteries, up to the eve of the Industrial Revolution.
*The Decline of the Cumbrian Statesman: The apparent speedy disappearance of the Cumbrian
‘statesman has, over the years, produced much discussion. Was it linked to the state of agriculture in
the region or was it just a general sign of the times? This talk takes a look at the possible reasons
behind the loss of this rural stalwart.
*Footprints in the Fells: Tracing the footprints and investigating the history of some former farms
and ancient sites ‘Back o’ Skidda’ that were once part of dispersed fell side communities, with very
little evidence of their existence left in the present-day landscape.
*Our Man In North Carolina: The successes and setbacks of 18th century, Cumberland born teacher
Thomas Thomlinson. Head hunted to set up the first incorporated school in North Carolina, a twist of
fate led him to become a successful trader there. A tale set against a period of revolutionary war
that saw the founding of the United States of America.
Talks not related to Cumbria
*The Men from the Lario: The strange and little known migration to Britain of 18th and 19th century
north Italian barometer makers, who almost all came from around the shores of Lake Como. This
talk takes a broad view of the migration whilst concentrating on a typical group that settled in the
East Midland’s town of Nottingham, one of whom is an ancestor of the speaker.
*Torriano, Capello & Paravicini – Three Italian merchant families in 17th Century London: The tale
of three Italian Protestant families, escapees from religious persecution in northern Italy, who
became linked by marriage. Each made their own mark on trade and society through turbulent
*The Count Who Never Was or Silk Stockings and Glasshouses: The story of how a posthumous
legend grew around George Paravicini, a London born hosier of Italian descent who bought a series
of glasshouses on the site of a brick and tile works in the town of Nottingham in the early 18th
century, at a time when the race was on to develop Italian style silk mills in the hosiery heartlands.


Tel: 01228 532774
Cumbria's Museum of Military Life Alma Block, The Castle, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8URR
Enquire about current availability of talks and guided group visits.

Jules Wooding : 

* Women’s Voices from the Collection – A look at how the collections at the Military Museum highlight women’s involvement with the Regiment and the wider military community
* Lest We Forget – the evolution of Remembrance as we know it today
* The Border Regiment at the Battle of the Somme – using the words from those that were there
* Through the eye of the lens: An insight into the Border Regiment in India 1870 to 1930 – using photographs from the Museum’s collection, this talk explores how the camera recorded soldiers on the Indian sub-continent
* Blood, Sweat & Tears – Veterans’ and the conflict in Afghanistan.  In 2019 the Museum worked with veterans of the Afghan conflict on a jointly curated exhibition that told their story.
* ‘An intelligent understanding of its traditions’ – 90 Years of a Military Museum in Carlisle Castle - The talk explores why a military museum was established in the Castle, and how this modern-day visitor attraction has evolved over the past 90 years. Using documents, photographs, and newspaper reports the talk will chart the development of the Military Museum from its inception when the Castle was an active military base to the contemporary museum of today.

Matt Lund:

* A Kitchener Volunteer: From Cumberland to the Somme – Matt explores his relative’s military life


Tel: 01539 726134
16 Green Road, Kendal, LA9 4QR
Fee: £38 + a contribution to travel expenses

* Cumbrian icehouses and the international trade in ice [Cartmel Fell] [Sedbergh & District Jan 2020]
* Remembering Slavery: Cumbria's connections to the transatlantic slave trade
* The Yellow Earl's (Fifth Earl of Lonsdale) big adventure: the Arctic journey of 1888-89 [Cartmel Pen.]
* Cumbria and the Arctic during the nineteenth century
* An Oriental Mirage - eastern influences on Cumbria
* Whaling from Whitehaven [North Lonsdale HS Jan 2020]
* Happy and Safe: the story of the Basque child refugees in Cumbria 1937-39.
* Waiter, Miner, Butcher, Spy: Germans and Austrians in Cumbria during the First World War [Lorton] [Sedbergh] [Bampton]
* A hotbed of Communist activity: summer of 1940 in Howtown  (Friends of Keswick Museum Jan 2020)
Cumbria - a county of refuge: Refugee lives in the 1930s and 1940s.
* Secrets of Muncaster Castle: Protecting the Tate collection during the Second World War.

DICKINSON, Steve (member of the European Association of Archaeologists, and of The Prehistoric Society)

Tel: (mobile) 07342 965 238
37 Kirkfell Avenue, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9BG
Fee: Travel expenses and £50
Talk 1: A Viking Age lost kingdom - in the Lake District ?
The Viking period longhouse at Bryant’s Gill, Kentmere, Cumbria and a 9th century royal Viking Age hall and West Cumbrian fleet bases near Gosforth.
Talk 2: The hole in Hadrian’s Wall !
New archaeological evidence from the western end of Hadrian’s Wall helps examines its origins  here - and might explain why the world-famous stone Roman frontier in Britain had a three-mile wide gap in it.
Talk 3: The stones that speak: Neolithic discoveries from the heart of the Lake District.
Surveys between Great Langdale and the Scafell range have shed new light on Neolithic rock art and remote prehistoric burial cairns, in a period when people sought special stone to make thousands of axe blades in the Lake District between 6000 and 5000 years ago.

DONALDSON, Dr Christopher

Tel: 01524 592349
Address: Department of History, Bowland Main, Lancaster University, LA1 4YT
Fee: none required for charities and local groups; a contribution to travel costs always appreciated, though
Equipment needs: projector with either VGA or HDMI attachment, screen or wall for projecting.

Topics: Various topics relating to the cultural and social history of the North West; areas of interest include the history of travel and tourism, including the Lake District and Cumbrian seaside resorts; historical connections between Cumbria and the United States; historical connections between Cumbria, Africa and the Caribbean
Recent public lecture topics have included:
* Sidelights on some Cumbrian-American connections
* Benjamin Franklin’s visit to the Lake District in 1772
* Black Lives in the Lake District, 1600s to 1800s
* Harriet Martineau’s life in Ambleside
* History of Carlisle in the 1700 and 1800s
* Ordnance Survey Name Books for Cumberland and Westmorland



EDMONDS,  Professor Fiona

Tel 01524 594297
Email :
Department of History, Lancaster University, LA1 4YT
Fee: no fee necessary, only travel expenses from Lancaster University.
Equipment: Powerpoint facilities required.
Talks on many aspects of Medieval Cumbria c.600 - 1200

Unable to take any new bookings until 2025. Zoom presentations preferred where possible.

  FERMER, Mr Steve

Tel:  07496 521895
(Lives at Ravenstonedale, CA17 4NG)
Fee: £50 to Ravenstonedale Parish History Group, + travel 30p per mile

*The Rise and Fall of the Shorthorn Cattle Breed in Ravenstonedale: A history of the shorthorn breed, drawing upon general history sources and records collected in Ravenstonedale, including old newspaper reports, sale prospectus documents and 1930’s farm accounts. Prepared with the assistance of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust.
*If these walls could talk: While decorating a bedroom in The Bank House, we discovered 1800’s newspapers pasted to original panelling, Victorian wallpaper and other decor features. This talk is a historical review inspired by these findings.


Tel: 07798 688057
Email: (Lives at Ravenstonedale, CA17 4NG)
Fee: £40 to Ravenstonedale Parish History Group, + travel 30p per mile

* Ravenstonedale Retailers – From Fells to Fine Furniture (Three young Ravenstonedale men who established a famous furniture business in London) [Orton/Tebay]
* The Carver Family and their Connections to Cotton, The Chantry, High Chapel and Other Local Properties (From a humble Ravenstonedale home to one of Manchester’s successful cotton empires)
* Ravenstonedale Soldiers – Those who Died and Those Who Survived (The stories of each soldier, their war service and family history)
* The Ravenstonedale ‘Crash’ of 1913 (A wealthy son, a wealthy spinster and how it all fell apart)
* The Scarborough Inheritance – Where There’s a Will There’s a History (A historical journey inspired by a Will and lost inheritance)
* Economic Migration in the 1800’s - A story of Westmorland families who started a new life in Manchester, the World’s first industrial city
* Pubs and Inns of Westmorland - Historical tales of long-forgotten and existing public houses (Shap LHS Sep 2019)

FLETCHER, Mrs Sheila

Tel: 01768 898 804

Chapel House, Lazonby, CA10 1BG
Fee: £30, + travel expenses over 10 miles

** John Peel, from Caldbeck to Caldew - the song and its composer, John Woodcock Graves, who emigrated from Cumbria to Van Diemen's Land
* ‘The historic Yards of PENRITH ‘

FORSTER, Mr Chester

Tel : 01228 527010; 07711 119329
Email :
25 Highwood Crescent, Carlisle, CA1 3LF
Fee : £25 within 20 miles of Carlisle; negotiable for small groups.
Equipment needs : I have my own projector, screen and computer but prefer to use local facilities.
Talks can last from 45 minutes to two hours.
*Revd. Theodore Bayley Hardy, VC, DSO, MC (Tracing the life and times of the quiet, short-sighted Cumbrian
vicar who went to war in 1916 and won the top three awards for gallantry.
*The Terraced Houses of Carlisle (This talk explores the expansion of Carlisle and explains how the
terraced streets developed.)
*The Street Names of Carlisle (This talk busts a few myths and explains some of the more interesting
street names.)
*The Carlisle Company that Dyed for Britain – Morton Sundour Britain faced a major problem in 1914
because Germany made the dyes for the Khaki colour. but a Carlisle firm replicated 30 years of German
research in a few months and saved the day for Khaki.)
*John Laing : from jobbing builder to Britain’s biggest (Tracing the history of this long established firm with
its origins in Sebergham to becoming Britain’s largest construction company.)
*Something Unique in Every Church. Tailor-made e-tour from you local church, visiting other churches
within 20 miles and exploring the features that make them unique and worth a Sunday afternoon visit.
Other talks
How to Trace your Family History;
How to Trace the History of your House.
Dood McKie “Frae the Isle of Skye” or maybe not.
Postcards from Yesteryear.
Images of the Past in Your Area.
All talks available on Zoom but must be hosted by your society

  Friends of Carlisle Victorian & Turkish Baths  (Charity Number: 1198658)

To Book, contact:
Fee: £40 Donation to the Friends of Carlisle Victorian & Turkish Baths (+ travel expenses if travel is greater than 5 miles)
Illustrated talk & Q&A, duration: 1hr
Laptop & projector can be supplied if not available. Will require screen, TV etc for projection
Talk covers:

  • History of Carlisle Public & Turkish Baths (1884-1920)
  • The interior of the Turkish Baths
  • Overview of 'Wapping' where the Baths are located
  • Origins of Victorian Public Baths
  • What are Turkish Baths and how did they get their name?
  • Similarities with Roman Baths
  • The future of Carlisle Baths


Tel: 016973 20028
Halewood, Crookdake, Aspatria, Wigton, CA7 3SH
Fee: £35 (Plus petrol expenses if more than 25 miles round trip)

Digital Audio-visual travelogue shows:
* Inca Tapestry (Peru)
* Mexican Salsa (Mexico)
* Ecuador & The Galapagos
* Crossroads I (West Anatolia)
* Pandaw up the Mekong (Vietnam-Cambodia)
* Hidden Kingdoms (Bangladesh-Sikkim)
* Of Samurais & Geishas (Japan)
* Tales of Sheba & Solomon (Ethiopia)
* Glimpses of Myanmar (Burma)
* Bolivia the High Country (Bolivia)
* Silk Road to Samarkand (Kyrgyzstan & Uzbekistan)
** Sojourn in Brazil
** 2 out of 18677 Islands - Indonesia

 GILPIN, Mr Les (Chair: Cumbria Local History Federation. Former Chair: Cumbrian Railways Association)

Tel: 01228 272922
3 Longburgh Fauld, Burgh by Sands, Carlisle CA5 6AE
Fee: £50 plus travel expenses if over 50 miles

Equipment needs:  Laptop, Projector and Screen / Wall. Talks in Powerpoint brought on memory stick.
Topics: Talks can be arranged on the railways of Cumbria plus topics related to the Cartmel Peninsula.
Suggested talks:
* The Ulverstone and Lancaster Railway
* Early Railway proposals across Morecambe Bay and around the Cumbrian Coast
* The Maryport and Carlisle Railway
* The Furness Railway – specific aspects (a talk on the FR as a whole being too long for most meetings)
* The Cark Cotton Company – the challenges facing a large mill on a small river.
* The Cark & District Electricity Company – a little company facing big neighbours and nationalisation
* Shipbuilding in a small Cumbrian village – Ship Carpenter’s and shipping investment on the Cartmel Peninula
* Papermaking at Cark – one of the earliest paper mills in England

GRICE Mr Kevin

Tel : 01539 722006
Email :
16 Undercliff Road, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4PS
Fee : range £35 - £60 (including travel) depending on location
Equipment needs : need to play Powerpoint via pen drive but can bring own laptop if required.
Talks offered to locations in North Lancashire and all Cumbria; otherwise by agreement.

*Great Grandads Army, Rifle Ranges in the Lake District
*Warton Crag : Re-appraising an Iron Age Hill Fort
*Millbeck : A Mill Hamlet through Time
*The Hollens Estate and the Gates to Nowhere
*Loaves & Fishes - The Mills, Fishponds and Grange of Shap Abbey
* 'Brockhole 125': the story of Brockhole through photographs from the Gaddum archive and elsewhere to which I have been given unique access for the purpose. The house was built in 1899/1900; hence the title. I can do the talk in person or by Zoom as appropriate.  See photo

GRUNDY, Ms Thirlie BA(Hons.) FA, FRSA, Medieval-art historian

Tel: 01228 532738
The Studio, 11 Lodore Drive, Carlisle, CA2 7SG
Fee: £50
Mornings and afternoons only. Talks illustrated with 35mm colour slides: projector and screen required.
Cost-price cathedral guide-books available at end of lecture.

* The Men who built Carlisle Cathedral, 1122-1400 - How the builders described their nationalities, themselves, and their families, using pictures rather than words to transcend the barriers of language [Sedbergh] [SW Cumbria]
* The man who carved Carlisle Cathedral's misericords, 1401 – 1419 - How, using traditional symbols, and symbols from books written in French, the carver recorded his name, and what happened to him during his term of employment.
* The Green Man in Cumbrian churches, 1100-1400 - Where he can be found, and his medieval purpose.


Tel: 07824 441635
24 Santon Way, Seascale, Cumbria, CA20 1NH
Fee: Up to 20 miles: £40; 21 – 70 miles: £60; 71+ miles: £100
(Tea and biscuits would be much appreciated)
I tend to do historical talks in historical costume, but can refrain if requested.

* Life and warfare in the Viking Age (a general talk abut Vikings, including aspects of local history. I can also include more specific topics, such as longship technology and navigation, and how the physical characteristics of weapons influence their use)
* Iron Gall Ink and use in old Manuscripts (a talk about the ink used in medieval manuscripts and how it was made. This can include writing with said ink using feather quills and reed pens) March  2019 Millom and District.
* A Short History of Alchemy- a general talk about the history of alchemy and how it relates to modern chemistry
* Science of the Vikings: Explaining the success of the Vikings by looking at the science behind their exploits. Includes axes, longships, medicine, navigation, and swords. This talk covers many similar topics to the other Vikings talk, but with a focus more on the physics and chemistry rather than the history.


Tel. 07774 499589
Address: Stockghyll Barn, Ambleside, LA22 0QY
No fee

* The lives, works and legacy of the German Miners at Keswick in the 16th Century
* A history of Coniston Copper mines.
* A history of the Wad Mines of Borrowdale.
* Understanding the symbols and meaning of 18th Century gravestones
New * Murder on the Moors - the unsolved murder of Robert Snowball
New * A history of Slate Quarrying in The Lake District
Tours * A guided tour of Goldscope and the Mines of the Newlands Valley
Tours * A guided tour of The Coniston Coppermines
Tours * A guided tour of the Tilberthwaite Slate Quarries
Tours * A guided tour of the Coniston Slate Quarries
Tours * A guided tour of Crosthwaite Parish Church and Churchyard in Keswick


Tel: 01768 885602
2 Greenacres Park, Plumpton, Penrith, CA11 9PB
Fee: Travel expenses depending on distance (maximum £30)

* The History of Shap Abbey (tour also available)
* Medieval Deer Parks of Cumbria
* The Cumbrian Monasteries [Upper Eden]
* Medieval Forgers? The Nuns of Armathwaite Nunnery
* Monks, Shepherds and Wool


Tel: 0161-536-6016
Meadowbank, Ringley Road, Radcliffe, Manchester, M26 1FW
Fee: £50 plus fuel costs.

Lake District
* Roman Roads through the Lakes
* Turnpikes & Tourists in Eighteenth-Century Lakeland
* Roads and Tracks of the Northern Lake District
* Roads and Tracks of the Southern Lake District
* Lake District: National Park or National Car Park?
* Roads around the Sands of Morecambe Bay
* Off the Beaten Track in Cumbria

Historic Maps
* Maps for Local History
* County Maps - from Saxton to Greenwood
* Estate, Enclosure and Tithe Maps
* Town Plans
* Ordnance Survey Maps
* Early County Mapping in the North West and Yorkshire

* Roads and Travel in Medieval England
* Turnpikes and County maps in the North West
* Off the Beaten Track – Unusual Roads in Britain

* Cave Formation in North West England

* The Manchester Bolton & Bury Canal - history and restoration [No fee: £50 donation to Canal Society]
** The Manchester Bolton & Bury Canal Through Time
** Building the Meccano Bridge - (over the M .B. & B. Canal at Little Lever)
* The Canal du Midi

Mountains of the World
* Alpamayo: the most beautiful mountain in the world
* To the Throne Room of the Mountain Gods, K2 Base Camp
* A Walk on the Wild Side – along the Afghan border
* Trekking around Annapurna and Manaslu
* Trekking Problems in Little Tibet
* The Atlas Grand Traverse
* Trekking Tropical Islands: Mauritius and Reunion
* Trekking the Canary Islands
* Return to Kangchenjunga

* Crusader Castles and Desert Cities
* Way Out West – The American West
* Delhi to Kathmandu
* Indian Mexico
* Moorish Spain
* Costa Rica - Pura Vida
* Exotic Java and Bali
* Bolivia - from salt flats to silver mines

JOHNSON, Dr David  (October 2019)

Tel : 01729822915 (evenings only)
Email :
Address : Settle
Fee : I always tell speaker secretaries that I accept their groups usual fee though if the distance is greater than normal, I would ask for mileage on top.

Equipment needs: Digital projector and laptop

Area: Reluctant to go beyond a radius contained by Appleby/Shap/Ambleside/Millom

I don't have a list of talk tittles, preferring to compile each talk to what each group wants. My area of 'expertise' are in early medieval settlement in North Craven; and in the field of landscape archaeology (which is what I practice), such as post-roman rural (upland) land use, including farm change in Cumbria and  Craven, the history and archaeology of quarrying and stone getting in Cumbria and the Central Pennines, the history and archaeology of lime burning anywhere, the archaeology of North Craven, and 'lost' inns, pubs and alehouses in the Yorkshire Dales.


Kendal Archive Centre
Tel: 01539 713540
Address: Cumbria Archive Centre, Kendal, County Hall, Kendal, LA9 4RQ
Fee: general talks to groups at the Archive Centre £36.60; general talks to groups at outside venues £72; talks and group visits for commercial ventures £119.80 per hour

*Introduction to Cumbria Archive Centre, Kendal
*Archives relating to local towns, villages, areas

Speaker: Anthony Hughes, or other staff members


We have created a number of illustrated presentations with integrated sound using material from the Kendal Oral History Group archive. All are c. 55 minutes in length.

‘K Shoes: At work, at War and at Play’

K Shoes was one of the largest employers in Westmorland for much of the 20th century. The shoemaking firm was set up in the mid-19th century by members of the Somervell family. The Kendal factory had a workforce of over 600 people by the end of the 19th century and the business continued to grow through the 20th century – in particular in the 1960s and 70s when new factories were opened in Kendal and elsewhere in the north west. This presentation examines the work undertaken in the K Shoes factories to see how this changed over time; the impact of WW2 on the workforce, and participation in the sporting and social events provided by the Somervell family for their workforce. The extracts used are taken from the recordings made with men and women who worked at K Shoes between the 1920s and the 1980s.

 ‘On the Home Front: South Lakeland, 1939-1945′

In this presentation five topics have been selected to cover a wide range of wartime experience in the South Lakeland area during World War Two. They include:  the ways in which the war impacted on the lives of children, including evacuees;  the changes that took place in farming under the direction of the War Agricultural Committee, with Land Army girls and POWs helping to work the land;  the wide range of war work undertaken in factory and workshop; the impact of the military including the Home Guard, army battlegrounds, US convoys and bombings, and, finally ‘Getting By’ looking at issues such as rationing, ‘Digging for Victory’, the black market and VE day.

Kendal at War, 1939-1945′

Home Guard KLibrary

‘Home Guard on camp’, by permission of Kendal Local Studies Library

This presentation looks at the experience of people in Kendal during World War Two. It is divided into four sections including: the experience of children at school and at home, the voluntary work they undertook, the experience of evacuees and their impact on local children; the next section looks at the ways in which Kendal’s factories and workshops were transformed during the war to create much-needed materials for the war effort and the support services put in place to help industrial workers;  the impact of the military includes the Home Guard, Civil Defence, US convoys and Bombings. Finally,  ‘Getting By’ looking as issues such as rationing, ‘Digging for Victory’, the black market and VE day.

‘Childhood in South Lakeland’
This presentation examines various aspects of childhood  in town and country in the early twentieth century. Subjects covered include games and pastimes, school, children working to help support the family and the experience of childhood illness.

‘Rural Life in South Lakeland’ 
In this presentation the experience of people of all ages living in the country in the early twentieth century is examined.
Subjects covered include childhood activities, work, health and social life.

‘Railway Workers and their Families in the Early Twentieth Century’
This presentation includes the recollections of people who worked on the railway, as well as those of their families. In addition the stories of children playing on and around the railway are included, together with descriptions of trips on the railway in the early twentieth century.

Kendal Oral History Group asks for a donation of at least £30 for each presentation.           A contribution towards travel expenses is welcome where appropriate

Contact us to find out more about booking a presentation:



LOTH-HILL, Mr Maksymilian (Maks) 

Tel (mob): 07934 236 341  or (land): 016977 42349
45 Townfoot Park, Brampton, Cumbria, CA8 1RZ
Fee: £50 (travel expenses may be applied outside the local area)

* The History of Carlisle Castle
* The History of Lanercost Priory
* From Border Bruisers to Regional Magnates – The Story of the Dacre Family
* The Border Reivers – Romance and Reality
* Romans in Cumbria
* Living in the ‘End Times’ – A Social History of The Reformation
The Story of Saint Cuthbert
* 1900 Years of Hadrian's Wall: From Roman Frontier to World Heritage Site

I also offer talks on a number of subjects not related to local history (particularly relating to my research in modern Polish history) including:

* A Forgotten Tragedy of the Second World War: The Warsaw Uprising
* Poland and the Poles in the Second World War
* Poland Under Communism
* Solidarity and the End of Communism in Poland
* History of the FIFA World Cup
* Nations, Frontiers and Culture: Poland, Ukraine and Russia, 1569 to the Present
The last of these is a talk I came up with after the start of the war in Ukraine, and it provides a historical background to the making of modern nations and the nature of the current conflict.

  McKAY, Mr Barry.

Tel: 01763 52706/email:
Battlebarrow, Kingstone House, Appleby-in-Westmorland, CA16 6XT
Requirements: Computer/Powerpoint projector , + screen.
Fee: by Arrangement, but normally in the £40 bracket (possibly + travelling costs)
See list: Barry McKay Lectures Listing CLHF 2019

  MAPLETON, Mr Mike.

Tel: 01900 826423/ email:
47, Dunmail Crescent, Cockermouth, CA13 0AG
Fee:  £30, includes travel expenses.

*  A talk on postal history, skewed to the part of Cumbria where the talk is taking place.
*  The Postal Workers of Cumbria: a look at the postmasters, posties, telegraph boys and others employed by the GPO together with rural postal routes, postmen’s huts and post boxes.’

MATHER, Mr John.

Tel: 07514-007235
1 The Paddocks, Thursby, Carlisle CA5 6PB
Fee: £20 to £30 per talk depending on numbers and possibly travel expenses depending on the location in the County.

* Sir Thomas Bouch, Victorian Railway Engineer: Sir Thomas Bouch was born in Thursby, near Carlisle, and became one of the most celebrated bridge builders and railway engineers in Victorian Britain. He was also blamed for the collapse of the Tay railway bridge in 1879. John tells something of Bouch's fascinating life and times as well as re-evaluate his tarnished reputation.
* Carlisle to Gallipoli (The Border Regiment in the Gallipoli Campaign, 1915): John commemorates and unravels the complexities of this terrible campaign. As well as featuring the lives of several local servicemen from Cumbria to highlight their hardships, endeavours and fates, he describes a recent trip undertaken to the battle site.
* Challenging Waters: The Diary of a Lake District Swimmer (Book to be published with this title March 2018): John describes how, at the age of 60, he attempted to swim the length of the 17 “big lakes” in the Lake District. This includes lakes as small as Brothers Water and as big as Windermere. The latter is over ten miles in length. The challenge has made John aware of just how beautiful and fragile the Lake District is.


Tel: 015394 42281 or 015394 47243
Rayrigg Hall, Windermere. LA23 1BW
Fee: A donation of £30, plus travel expenses.

* From Log Boats to Steam Launches in the Lake District
* Windermere’s Lake Shore Houses
* Jack Kitchen - The Windermere Inventor


Tel: 01900 823254
Eldertree House, Blindcrake, Cumbria CA13 0QP
Fee: £25, plus 20p per mile travel expenses

* One Hundred Years of Toys (with slides)
* Behind the Bamboo Curtain (with slides)
* National Parks of Mid Western USA

O'BRIEN, Dick.

Tel: 01768 254057
Fee: £20 plus travel expenses

* the Pilgrimage of Grace in Cumberland and Westmorland 1536-7. [Moorhouse LHS Nov 2019]

The Pilgrimage of Grace was the largest rebellion against Henry V111 and his religious changes but also had agrarian and other causes. The very large involvement of the people of Cumberland and Westmorland lead to widespread armed resistance, including a battle outside Carlisle Castle,  but much of this episode in our history has been neglected.

* The plague in Penrith and Eden 1597-8


Tel: 015396 21574
Lockwood Cottage, Killington, Carnforth, LA6 2HA
Fee: Donation, plus travel expenses

* Dialect and Accent in Britain
* Looking at Language
* The dialect in Wuthering Heights
* National Parks in Britain
* The Yorkshire Dales


Tel:        07771 859590
Mountain View Cottage, Irton, Holmrook, Cumbria CA19 1YQ
Fee:       Travel expenses and a donation of £35 to St Paul’s Church Irton or Eskdale Mill & Heritage
Equipment needs:     Preferably a laptop, projector and screen so I need bring only a PowerPoint
presentation on a memory stick.
* The Irton right of way case, 1897-1907 A fiercely fought dispute between the new owner of Irton
Hall and local people, after he closed footpaths to their parish church. 200 witnesses from Irton,
Eskdale, Muncaster, Drigg, Gosforth and Netherwasdale took part in an inquiry and trials in Carlisle
and London.  All the contested routes are now public footpaths. Illustrated by contemporary
photographs and based on the book A Most High-handed Proceeding (2022).
* Eskdale Mill An illustrated account of the history, restoration and present operation of the last
working water corn mill in the Lake District National Park.
* Late Victorian people of rural west Cumbria Photographic portraits of people from all age groups
and social classes in the parishes of Irton and Drigg, taken in the 1890’s by the vicar of Irton’s son,
with some description of their lives.

PLATT, Dr Jane FRHistS

Tel: 07903899453
9, The Abbey, Carlisle, CA3 8TZ
Fee: £50 including travel **

Equipment: Equipment for a PowerPoint presentation (laptop, screen) to allow me to plug in a memory stick and begin immediately. If this is not available, I could bring my own equipment.

Though the Thomas Machell talk is about the historiography of the old county of Westmorland, most of my talks are about history and religion in the north and east of Cumbria. Consequently, I imagine that most of my subjects will be unappealing to groups in the very south of Cumbria. Hence, I would prefer to limit my travel to a distance of not more than 35 miles from Carlisle.

* 'Churchgoing in Cumbria during the long 19th century, seen through the pages of Anglican parish magazines'

* ‘The development of popular fiction in fin de siècle religious magazines’

* ‘Canon Simpson’s War: the rector of Caldbeck and his local community, 1914-1918’

*  'How [not] to write a Local History: advice to Cumbria Local History Federation members from Thomas Machell (1647-1698) rector of Kirkby Thore’
*  ‘Thomas Watson (1771-1860), Renwick Methodist and Local Poet’
* ‘Making their Mark: Exploring the Literacy and Education of the poor and ‘middling sorts’ of 19th-century north and east Cumberland’
* ‘Scrapping at Carlisle: the battle for Christ Church, 1895-1929’
* ‘The history of nineteenth-century religion, with particular reference to Anglicanism in Carlisle Diocese’
* ‘Grassroots Methodism and the Anglican-Methodist “Conversations”, 1960-1990’

*The 17th-century antiquary, Thomas Machell of Kirkbythore, who was the collector of material for an unpublished history of Westmorland. 

PRESTON, Mr Richard

Tel: 016974 75923
Fee: contact speaker

** How Cumbria contributed to the medical needs of World War One.
** No Labour, No Food, No War: Agriculture in Cumbria during WW1  Jan 2019 shap LHS

  PRICE, Mr Bob

Tel: 01768 840640
23 Keld Close, Stainton, Penrith, CA11 0EJ
Fee: Donation is to Acorn Bank Watermill Trust (reg charity no 1193320) (£40+) & contribution to expenses if over 15 miles from Penrith

* Flour Power - the challenges of restoring the formerly derelict Acorn Bank watermill, Temple Sowerby
* Daily Bread - the history of grain, milling, flour and bread.

  ROBERTSON, Mr Alastair

Tel: 01434 381769
Ashleigh House, Nenthead Road, Alston, CA9 3SN
Fee: £1 per person, minimum £20

* The Roachburn Pit Disaster of 1908
* Whitley Castle Roman Fort near Alston [Shap]
* Lime Kilns of the North Pennines
* Alston Moor
* The Attwood Family: Iron mines of Whitehaven, MP, & Glass manufacturing
* Pagans! Ranters! Dissenters, Quakers! Congos! Mormons! and More! - Religion on Alston Moor
* The Walton Family: A Lead Mining Dynasty of the Northern Pennines
* The Viponds (or de Veteriponts): a great family both sides of the Border

ROBSON, Mr Chris  Please note - we appear two speakers with the same name!

Tel: 01946 822468
Fern Bank, High House Road, St Bees, CA27 0BZ
Fee: £50 plus travel expenses

* St Bees Man: The extraordinary story of a mediaeval knight discovered by accident by archaeologists digging in a car park close to St Bees Priory in 1981 (A man so well–preserved that liquid blood was still inside him and at the post-mortem it was possible to guess at what he had eaten for breakfast, but at that time there was no clue as to his name. Now many years later it is possible to tell the detective story that links St Bees Man to an obscure place in Lithuania, gives him an interesting history and explains his death there in 1368) [Duddon]

*Early modern Penrith

*Early modern Appleby

Robson, Mr Christopher Please note - we appear two speakers with the same name!

Tel: 01524 62465
19 Woodlands Road, Skerton,  Lancaster LA1 2EH)

'I can give a Zoom on the village of Skirwirth in the inter-war years, in relation to the life of the Rector of Skirwirth's son, John Bradburne.'


Tel: 01768-864139
Brackenbank, Clifton, Penrith, CA10 2EA
Fee: £35 (or average fee payable to speakers by the group, whichever is lower)

* James LOWTHER, 1st Earl of Lonsdale (1736-1802).  Plutocrat.  Born Maulds Meaburn and a baronet aged 14, he inherited the vast Lowther estates in Cumberland, Westmorland and Yorkshire before he was 21 and eventually owned nine parliamentary seats. Commonly known as ‘Wicked Jimmy' for his merciless parsimony and tyrannical egotism.
* John METCALFE CARLETON (1753-1829). Entrepreneur.  The flamboyant old-Etonian builder of Brough's elegant Helbeck Hall and nearby cotton mill came from a middle-class broken home in York. Given to an extravagant lifestyle in London and spectacularly bankrupt at Brough in 1793, he decamped to opulent Richmond in Surrey and a grand inherited mansion where his long-suffering wife drowned herself in the garden pool.
*David WORKMAN (1797-1855) & William WORKMAN (1799-1876).  Pioneers of the American West. Born at Temple Sowerby, the brothers left Clifton in 1822 for Missouri and hired the young Kit Carson as an apprentice saddler. Westward at the head of settler parties and wagon trains, they faced everything from fire and flood to armed clashes with Indians and Mexicans to reach California, where rancher and banker William's huge property holdings included even Alcatraz Island and trader David's youngest son became a distinguished Mayor of Los Angeles.
* Henry BLOOM NOBLE (1816-1903).  Businessman. Born Clifton to a struggling tenant farmer who became a Whitehaven customs official, he went to the Isle of Man aged 19 and prospered as a ruthless merchant, property owner and banker who made a fortune but left it all to charity and became know as the island’s greatest benefactor.
* John NOBLE(1825-1861). Master Mariner. Son of a Penrith butcher, he moved to Whitehaven as a boy and was just 28 when he took command of the White Star sailing ship 'Tayleur', biggest English merchant vessel then afloat, which went down on its maiden voyage to Australia in 1854 with great loss of life, like the 'Titanic' 58 years later.  Captain Noble survived the disaster but drank himself to death in Liverpool aged 36.
* James Barker BLAND (1854-1942). Sheepfarmer.  Born Hegdale, Shap, thirteenth of 14 children of a tenant farmer, he crossed Lake District mountain passes with his wife and young family many times and earned a reputation as a self-taught polymath and humorous raconteur as well as for his expertise with his Herdwicks.
*Joseph  SCOTT (1867-1958). Lawyer. Born Penrith to a Presbyterian printer and an Irish Catholic mother. Educated at the Catholic seminary of Ushaw College, Durham, he emigrated to the USA in 1889 and became a celebrated LA lawyer whose many high-profile cases included a paternity suit for a Hollywood actress against Charlie Chaplin. He was also a civic leader in many fields and a supreme orator who nominated Herbert Hoover for the presidency of the United States in 1932. Know in his adopted city as 'Mr Los Angeles', his statue in bronze stands on LA's Grand Avenue alongside that of Abraham Lincoln.
*HISTORY OF THE POLICE IN CUMBRIA. Founded in 1857 under a chief constable who remained in office for 45 years, the county police force long relied on the uniformed beat man as its familiar public face. Joining in 1963, the speaker found the job to be much as it had been for over 100 years, until the 1970s brought personal radios, a lot more vehicles and specialised departments, staff diversity and computer systems before the disappearance of foot patrols and closure of stations and the eventual appointment of Police and Crime Commissioners.
*"IT'S A LONG WAY TO TIPPERARY". Thomas Michael DOLAN (1909-1974), like his father Edmund Michael, was a charismatic Wigton GP with quite a pedigree. An uncle had been an Army medic at Gallipoli who served in both World Wars and an African missionary uncle was decorated by the King of the Belgians. His grandfather was a hugely popular leader in Tipperary politicas and business amid the horror of the 1845-1849 Great Famine and the Uprising of 1848 - when he died aged 33 in mysterious circumstances far from home.


Tel (mob): 07908001424 or (land): 01900269027
Fee: £20 plus petrol costs (Mandy brings some of the cards she makes from her photographs to show to members and hopefully to sell some)
NB: May not be available June/July

* Close-up Cumbria - A look in close-up at some of the flora and fauna we have seen in Cumbria includes birds, insects, plants, fungi etc.
* Cumbria on the Edge - A journey up the coast from Silverdale to the Inner Solway showing some of the wildlife, plants and landscapes we have seen

TINMOUTH, Dr Christopher

Address: 22 Harrier Court, Fenton Street, Lancaster, LA1 1AE
Tel: 01524388053
Mob: 07851923775
Speaker's fee: £50-£70 (including travel expenses)
I am a historian of mediaeval history (PhD in Mediaeval History, Lancaster University) specialising in mediaeval monastic history, especially of the Cistercian Order and Furness Abbey (the subject of my thesis), the history of Richard III in the North-West of England, the 16th-century Reformation in Lancashire, the mediaeval history of Lancaster, the life of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, the mediaeval history of Lancaster Castle and the 14th-century history of the Duchy of Lancaster.

I was supervised by Professor Fiona Edmonds of the Regional Heritage Centre and I am employed as a Tour Guide at Lancaster Castle. In addition, I have extensive experience in archaeology pertaining to Lancaster and the Morecambe Bay area, as well as great familiarity with all of the museums in Lancaster where I have worked, including in my capacity as Chair of the Friends of Lancaster City Museum.

Talk titles:
* A History of Furness Abbey: The Power & the Glory
* Dreams of Woody Nightshade: The Significance of Memory and Identity in the Furness Coucher Book
* Loyaultie Me Lie: Connections with Richard III in Furness and beyond
* The Roman Fort at Lancaster
* The Cistercian Order in Mediaeval Northern England
* The High Sheriffs of Lancashire in the Middle Ages
* Time-Honoured Lancaster: John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster
* Augustine of Hippo and the Reshaping of the Roman World
* Here I Stand: The Cause, Course and Consequences of the Reformation
* The True Meaning of Liberty: The Origin and Development of the Western Idea of Liberty
The Travails of a Tour Guide: A Virtual Tour of Mediaeval Lancaster (Lecture)
The Travails of a Tour Guide: A Real Tour of Mediaeval Lancaster (Guided Walk)

 TIPLADY, Dr Suzanne

Tel: 01229 860269
The Cragg, Satterthwaite, Ulverston, LA12 8LW
Fee: £50.

* Hawkshead's Child of Sorrow - William Wordsworth used the story of Benoni Rigge as inspiration for some of his early poetry.
* The Bobbin Mills at Force - details the processes involved in, and the rapid rise and fall of, an important 19th century Cumbrian industry
* 300 Years of Schooling in Satterthwaite and Rusland - explains how an isolated Cumbrian community educated its children.
* Sawrey Ground, Dixon Ground and the Baptist Chapel at Hawkshead Hill - follows the fortunes of the Baptist community at Hawkshead.
* A Mansion Fit For Demolition - the story of Grizedale Hall
* The High Road to Dalton’ -  how and why this major route formed in medieval times, and then ‘walks’ along it from Hawkshead to Dalton-in-Furness.

TURNBULL, Dr Jean  (new February 2022)

Tel: 01539 722439

Fee: £30 (Given to a local charity). A contribution towards travel expenses is welcomed where appropriate.
Taking bookings from October to April each year

All presentation are in Powerpoint

1. The Impact of Motor Transport on Westmorland c. 1900-1939
2. Roadside garages and cafes in Westmorland, 1900-1970: a pictorial history
3. Housing in North West England 1850-1940: a century of change
4. Almshouses in North-West England, past and present
5. The Co-operative Movement in Cumbria, c.1860 – 1960
6. Turnpike Roads in Westmorland: an illustrated history
7. ‘On the Road to Morecambe’: a journey through time from Stainmore to Morecambe
8. Around Morecambe Bay: a journey through time from Morecambe to Lindale

I also give talks of behalf of Kendal Oral History Group - see separate entry in the Directory

 TYLER, Mr Ian (Mine Historian and Author)

 Owner of Keswick/Threlkeld and Caldbeck Mining Museums for thirty years
 Author of seventeen books on mining history, explosives and RAF Cumbria
 Three times Winner of Lakeland Book of the Year
 Is a self-motivated speaker and prepared to travel throughout the County,
Scotland and Lancashire
 Talks last 60 – 90 minutes

Contact 01228 561883 after 7.00pm

Short Guided Walks by arrangement 10.30 – 3.30pm

List of Talks
1. Gypsum Mining “Cocklakes” Carlisle
2. Gypsum Mining “Kirkby Thore”
3. Iron Mining “Hodbarrow”
4. Coal Mining “Whitehaven”
5. Coal Mining “Pennine Fells”
6. RAF in Cumbria WWII
7. RAF in Galloway/Stranraer WWII
8. Deep Sea “Munitions Dumping” 1946-1950
9. Pennine Mining “Hilton”
10. Graphite Mining “Newlands”
11. German Mining “Cumbria” Coniston, Caldbeck and Newlands
12. Myers Head/Hartsop Hall – Cawdale Slate
13. Greenside Mine (Lead) Cumbria’s deepest lead mine
14. Mines and Minerals of Cumbria
15. Caldbeck Fells General Mining – Sandbeds, Potts Gill, Baryte
16. German Miners in Caldbeck in the 16 th Century
17. Carrock Wolfram Mine – 1910-1967
18. Threlkeld Granite “Magic Tiles”
19. Threlkeld Lead Mine “Blencathra”
20. Force Crag Mine “Lead and Baryte”
21. Newlands – 16 th Century German Copper Mining
22. Honister Slate Mines
23. Coniston Slate Mines
24. Pennine Slate “A Forgotten History”
25. Shap Granite Quarries “Pink or Grey”
26. Gun Powder in Cumbria (East West)
27. Wythburn Mine Lead “Thirlmere”
28. Thirlmere “Drowning of the Valley” – 1895
29. Haweswater “Drowning of the Valley”
30. Anhydrite Mining “Whitehaven” Cumbria’s Forgotten Mine

WARDLE, Sue (Blue Badge Guide)

Tel (mob): 07980 647620 or (land): 016977 41683
Easby Farm, Easby, Brampton, Cumbria, CA8 2HA

* Informative and entertaining illustrated talks, corporate events, etc.

 WHALAN, Mr Graham

(Tel: 07379-654557 and 01253-729925)
47, Elmhurst Road, LYTHAM ST ANNES. FY8 3JH
Fee: Travel expenses only

* 100 years of the Coronation Hall and social change in Ulverston
* Gilbert & Sullivan operettas in South Cumbria, and the rise of the amateurs
* The history of amateur musical theatre in the South Lakes from 1890 to the present day
*History of Bassenthwaite Lake Station and the CKP (Cockermouth, Kendal, & Penrith) line
* Selected stories from the TITANIC disaster: survivor’s blighted lives

WHITE Mr Stephen    (September 2019)

Tel 01228 512836

Address: Willow House, St Andrews Close, Wood Street, Carlisle, CA1 2SG
Fee  £30
Area : Within 10 miles of Carlisle

* 1745 in Cumberland.
* Changing face of Carlisle 1950s - 1980s
* General Carlisle History
* Cholera comes to Carlisle
* Carlisle cinema
* Carlisle City Walls
* Cumbrian War Memorials
* Influenza Pandemic in Cumberland 1918
* Story of Carlisle Library
* History on a postcard
* Rickerby
* Servant life in the City
* Woodrow Wilson, American President in Carlisle

  WILLIAMS, Mr Steve

Tel (mob): 07963 345956 or (land): 0345 193 0643
42 Smithy Close, Brindle, Chorley, Lancs. PR6 8NW
Fee: History groups & public institutions: £65; other groups (e.g. W.I., churches) £55. Also negotiated contribution to petrol cost by distance.
Prefers not to travel long distances in winter.

* 'Lakeland Lines' - railways in the Lake District, then & now: the closed lines to Coniston, Keswick and Lakeside, as well as the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway and the line to Windermere.
* 'Who do you think I am?' - tracing my family history back to London in the 16th century with connections to Barrow-in-Furness, Yorkshire and Kentucky in the USA.
* ‘Shifting Sands’ - history of Morecambe Bay from near Fleetwood to Piel Island off Barrow-in-Furness.
* ‘Lancashire over Sands’ - looks at the history of part of the County Palatine “over sands” including Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands, Ulverston, Barrow-in-Furness, Hawkshead and Coniston.

A full list of illustrated talks can be viewed on my website and a full brochure can be downloaded from same.

WILSON, Mrs Janice (Blue Badge Guide)

Tel: 01524 761701
Fee: from £80

* The Wordsworths at home
* A Fox in the Fells - The Quakers in Cumbria [Lorton]
* Westmorland - An honourable history [Duddon]
* Rag Rugs - Demonstration of rag rugging
* Morecambe Bay - A maritime highway
* The Port of Westmorland
* Secrets of Sizergh
* Suffragettes in Cumbria

WILSON, Miss Susan

Tel: 01524 414641 Mobile: 07778 694411
21 Sizergh Road, Morecambe,  LA4 6TL
Fee: £50 (plus travel expenses, minimum £10)

* The Pendle Witches
* Dr Buck Ruxton (Murder in Lancaster)
* North West Entertainers
* Eric Morecambe
* Comedy (history, including samples of comic verse)
* Comediennes (focusing on Victoria Wood)

WINSTANLEY, Dr Michael (Mike)

Tel: 015242 21277
Fee: depends on distance and includes all expenses and a £25 donation to charity

N.B.  These talks are offered to locations south  of (but including) Keswick / Penrith

Equipment needs: I can provide laptop and projector if required but need screen and stand.

Artists and Prints
* Lancashire AND/OR Cumbria Illustrated: early 19th century prints (including local examples)
* Thomas Allom (1804-1872): artist and architect
* Fake or Fortune’ revisited: the old master and Renaissance stained glass in Tunstall church

Markets and Shops
* Markets to Supermarkets: 200 years of shopping: North West’s distinctive developments (can be tailored to different parts of the region)

Lonsdale and the West Indies
* For Tortola: Quakers, (Lonsdale ) merchants and West Indies c.1750-1850. (This explores some of the remarkable trading, personal and religious connections between the Morecambe Bay area and the tiny, often neglected but important Caribbean Virgin Islands.)
* The Lune Valley and the West Indies: sugar, cotton and the slave economy

Lune Valley Studies
* The Fosters of Hornby Castle and Black Dyke Mills
* West Indian money and Rigmaden Hall: the strange case of John Satterthwaite’s will

Lancaster and Lancaster Castle (see also Lonsdale and the West Indies)
* Delinquents and Debtors : Lancaster Castle as 19th century prison
* ‘A somewhat noisy tavern and tea garden ?’ The debtors’ prison in Lancaster Castle

Historical Pageants
* Historical Pageants in the North West

Rural Society c1780-1920 (Lancashire and Cumbria).
The first four of these talks can be tailored to focus on Cumbria or Lancashire as required
* Feeding the Industrial Revolution c 1780-1850
* Landowners and farmers
* Work on the Land in the NW
* Enclosures and Commons
* Ireland: Potatoes, Famine and Emigration OR ‘The Great Hunger: 1845-51
* The Highland Clearances

Victorian and Edwardian Society in Cumbria:
* Charity, the Poor Law and Workhouse – when all else failed
* Muck, Medicine and Mortality: Health and Housing
* Happy Days? Educating the Masses
* Child Labour in the 19th century
* Outside the Law: crime and policing
* Roughs and Respectables: the pleasures and problems of leisure
**Getting Away from it all: seaside resorts and the Lakes

For full details of the individual talks, please access  Talks currently offered to Cumbrian local societies, May 2019(2) 

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Tel: (mob): 07815 777256
Fee: £250 (please note that these are full day tours, but not arduous; timings can be adjusted to suit train times etc.)

** Shanty towns and memorials of Ribblehead, Blea Moor and Chapel-le-Dale (circular route to and from Ribblehead Station)
** Lazonby to Langwathby (via Lacy's Caves, Long Meg and Her Daughters stone circle, Little Salkeld Mill)
** Garsdale to Kirkby Stephen (via Lady Anne Clifford’s Way and Pendragon Castle)

ALISON, Mr David

Tel & Fax: 01539 824666
1 Railway Terrace, Lowgill, Kendal, LA8 0BN
Fee: Prices are quoted specially for each group, according to starting point, destination, date of travel and size of party All these guided tours include a train ride, most behind steam

* The Settle-Carlisle Explorer
* Dales Gateway
* Ravenglass & Muncaster
* Lakeland Grandeur
* High Pennines
* Wonderful Wales
* Lancashire Heritage
* Wensleydale Wanderer
* Falkirk Wheel

BROOKS, Mr Graham

Tel: 07876 417695
Fairhurst, Aglionby, Carlisle, CA4 8AQ
Fee: £30 Plus travel expenses
NB: Not usually available Thursday evenings

* Lord Carlisle's railway: possible walks to look at the remains of the various railways and industries associated with it
* Tynehead: a guided walk to look at the mining remains in the valley
* Hartside: a walk to look at the various industries in the area (including limeworks, coal mines, lead/barytes mining, road development)
* Scordale: a walk up the valley to look at the lead mining area (Needs to be co ordinated with open days on the Warcop ranges)

DICKINSON, Mr Steve (chairman, Ambleside Civic Trust)

Tel (mob): 07342 965238
12 Stockghyll Court, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0QX
Fee: Travel expenses and donation to Ambleside Civic Trust (Reg. Charity No. 503092)
NB: Not available 24.08.18 – 10.09.18

** From the Romans to Bridge House: the discovery of Ambleside (from Galava Roman Fort to the heart of a Lake District market town. About 1 kilometre, level except for a short road ascent at the end; 90 minutes, 2,000 years of history)


Tel: 01524 781613 2
Station Lane, Burton-in-Kendal, Carnforth, LA6 1HT
Fee: £20 Historical walks, available April to September; up to 20 people per group.
(Meals / refreshments for groups available by arrangement at the King's Arms Hotel in Burton; ring Neil or Ann France, 01524 781409)

* Burton and Clawthorpe – by four nature reserves (5 miles, 3 hours)
* Burton in Kendal village (1 mile, 1-2 hours) also available as 2 half-mile (1 hour each) walks:
* Burton South (inc. the Square) &
* Burton North (inc. the Church) * Burton and Dalton – stone circle to peat bog (4 miles, 2½ hours)
* Burton and Dalton – lost village and parkland (5 miles, 3 hours)
* Burton and Yealand Redmayne – hanging hill to mossland (4 miles, 2½ hours)

HOWORTH, Mr Billy F K (Qualified archaeologist and lecturer)

Tel (mob): 07930889135 or (land): 01524 561712
Acropolis Education, 6 Greenholme Avenue, Westgate, Morecambe, LA4 4TR
A complete list of my services and prices is available on my website

PEGG, Mr Geoff

Tel: 01524 781184
4 Queen's Terrace, North Road, Holme, Carnforth, LA6 1QB
Fee: Negotiable

* Holme Village- two-hour guided history walk * Holme Mills- two-hour guided history walk from Holme, along the canal, to Holme Mills

ROBERTSON, Mr Alastair

Tel: 01434 381769
Ashleigh House, Nenthead Road, Alston, CA9 3SN
Fee: £1 per person, minimum £20

** Alston
** Nenthead
** Epiacum/Whitley Castle Roman fort


Tel: 01931 716386
Gale View, Main Street, Shap, Nr Penrith, CA10 3NH
Fee: £30 payable to Shap LHS; or reciprocal arrangement for Shap to visit another History group

* Haweswater (Summer evenings) using vehicles, stopping at designated points to describe the views prior to flooding; led by two Shap LHS officers.
* Shap / Shap Abbey (May - September) Why not make a day of it - Abbey and or Keld in morning and village in afternoon? Distance tailored to suit walking abilities of group; always ends with refreshments at Shap Heritage Centre.
* Shap Stones and Ancient Sites - a walk along what remains of the Shap Stones complex (distance about two and a half miles, time about 2 hours; fairly level, but stiles to negotiate)


Castle Street, Carlisle, CA3 8TP Galleries can be opened out of normal hours for groups.

TYLER Mr Ian (local award winning author, historian and museum curator)

Tel: 01228 561883 (after 7pm)
33 Townhead Road, Cotehill, Carlisle CA4 0DF
Fee: By arrangement Guided tours of various mining sites- please enquire

WARDLE, Sue (Blue Badge Guide)

Tel (mob): 07980 647620 or (land): 016977 41683
Easby Farm, Easby, Brampton, Cumbria, CA8 2HA

** Informative and entertaining town and country walks, coach tours, site visits and interpretation, special interest groups, corporate events, study tours, illustrated talks.


Tel: 01946 506420
Cumbria Archive & Local Studies Centre, Whitehaven Scotch Street, Whitehaven, CA28 7NL
Fee: £30 Hosted Group Visits to Archive Centre with introductions to research, sources and selected historical documents

WILSON Mrs Janice (Blue Badge Guide)

Tel: 01524 761701
Fee: Full Day £280.00, Half Day £150 (prices correct for 2017)

* Town Heritage walks throughout Cumbria
* Villages Revealed walks in Cumbria
* Historical and Heritage Coach Tours
** Discover Your Heritage (price on application)
** Bespoke tours a speciality

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CRAGHILL Mrs Christine

Tel (mob): 07449 147217 or (land): 01931 712939
4 Coopers Close, Askham, Penrith, CA10 2PN
Fee: Initial search charge £30, thereafter £12 an hour

* Any type of historical research undertaken in the North Lakes, Eden Valley & Western Anglo/Scottish border region.


Tel: 01228 532774
Cumbria's Museum of Military Life Alma Block, The Castle, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8URR
Online form in About Us: Research Enquiries section of website (searches are not often possible if you cannot supply a soldier's regimental number)

ROWNTREE, Mr Charles A.

Tel: 01229 889373
Old Mill, Beckside, Kirkby in Furness, LA17 7TH
Fee: By personal application

* Specialises in watermill history and Kirkby in Furness

TIPLADY, Dr Suzanne

Tel: 01229 860269
The Cragg, Satterthwaite, Ulverston, LA12 8LW
Fee: By personal application

* Local History on Hawkshead, Satterthwaite, and Cartmel areas For research in Cumbria Archive Centres, see also:

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