Local History Lectures by Mike Royden

In addition to teaching Local History in evening classes at the University of Liverpool Centre for Continuing Education, I also lecture to Societies and Conferences when invited. All lectures are illustrated either with slides or powerpoint. I have provided a list below of some of the talks I can give with a link to supporting material to give an idea of content.

If there is another topic you are looking for, please contact me as I may still be able to help (or redirect you to someone who can).

Fees and expenses are negotiable and not extortionate!


The Effects of the First World War on Local Communities
(volunteers/Old Pals regiments/ conditions at home/ rationing / air raids / internment / conscription / conscientious objectors / changing role of women / the aftermath / war memorials & remembrance)
Can be tailored to your local area. (forthcoming book is in preparation, no articles on this website at present)

Did Adolf Hitler visit Liverpool in 1912/13?

The Poor Law in South West Lancashire and Wirral/West Cheshire This can be tailored to suit the location of the society so as to make it more relevant to members' research interests

The Roydens of Frankby: the history of a well known Shipbuilding family from North Wirral/Liverpool

calderstones The Calderstones

garston Monastic Lands - Stanlawe Grange and Garston Hall

dungeon Salt, The Dungeon and the Rise of Liverpool

halewood Aspects on the History of Halewood

19thC Halewood and the coming of the Railway

hale Aspects on the History of Hale

otterpool Otterspool: From medieval fishery to leisure amenity

castle The Decline of the Manor of West Derby and the rise of Liverpool during the medieval period.
Covering the castles of West Derby and Liverpool and the creation of the Borough of Liverpool

hospital The Roots of the New Liverpool Women’s Hospital:
Early care of Women in the First Half of the 19th century

workhouse The 19thC Poor Law in Liverpool - Roots of Workhouse Infirmaries

The foundation of a canal town - A History of Ellesmere Port

The men who marched away - The Soldiers of the WWI Ellesmere Port War Memorial & the setting up of a research project Includes the context of the small town of Ellesmere Port in 1914, the devastating affect of the numbers who enlisted and the casualties. Plus, the project to trace the men concerned, the campaign for a sign for those soldiers buried in the local graveyard and the construction of a website to make the work accessible to researchers.

rushton1tn.jpg - 2kb Edward Rushton - life and times of an 18th Century Radical and the foundation of the Blind School in Liverpool


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