After a period of time working in an office, Mike Royden played guitar in several Liverpool bands, such as 'The Warp Band' after appearing in the Ken Campbell production of The Warp at the Liverpool Everyman (then the longest play in the world). He was the subject of a song by seventies rockers The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, being the chef with the history book in 'Give My Compliments to the Chef'.

After studying Medieval, Modern History and Archaeology at the University of Liverpool, he taught History for 25 years and also lectured in Local History in the University of Liverpool Centre for Continuing Education. He has researched and written about various aspects of history for over 35 years. Mike has appeared numerous times on radio and TV, including programmes such as BBC's Heir Hunters and Who Do You Think You Are?, plus Making History on Radio 4. Mike has also researched extensively into the history of the First World War and has led tours on the Battlefields of France and Flanders.

He has several books to his name, and this site includes many extracts, plus numerous papers and website publications, all free to download. Thanks for visiting!

Mike Meets the Queen

In 1991, to celebrate the bi-centennial celebration of the oldest school of its kind in the world, the Queen was invited to visit the School in the anniversary year. Mike was asked to prepare an exhibition on the history of the School, using displays, archives and artefacts. Mike spent 10 minutes talking to the Queen, who was later presented with a special leather bound copy of his book as a momento of her visit.

Everton F.C. Heritage

As a member of EFC Heritage Society, Mike Royden has written several articles about the club's history, including matchday programme articles and the WW1/WW2 Player's Remembrance Booklet. The Heritage Pages feature numerous articles, events, the work of EFC Heritage Society, The Everton Collection, gallery photos, plus plenty of links to the best of Everton on the net.

Looking at the archives

Filming Who Do You Think You Are? with featured guest Gareth Malone

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