We are able to provide speakers on a wide range of subjects to groups and organisations. A selection of our talks are:
A coal mining dynasty
In the 1850’s Benjamin Walker owned coal mines in Newbold, Coleorton and Swannington. His 150 year dynasty covered seven counties from Staffordshire down to Middlesex and included 300 people, 16 mining engineers and 12 coal merchants.
Leicestershire industrialists, their non industrial legacy
Whose offer of paintings led to the creation of a famous art gallery?
Who was not a very good businessman, yet his legacies are still used by people throughout the country every day?
The scope of his business ideas were matched by the size of his bricks?
Which businessman gave the council a gift fit for a queen?
Leicestershire industrialists were involved in coal mines, quarries, iron works, brick making, railways, canals, hosiery and much more. Yet their legacy is far wider than industrial remnants and history. Their legacy includes parks, walks through beautiful woodlands, art galleries, churches, charitable giving and people reaching the highest positions in the land.
Trouble and strife, the challenges in getting a wife
Centuries of wedding traditions, changes in the law and other factors have complicated the lifetime union of a woman with a man. They also changed the course of history as well as impacting upon the lives of many individuals.
The industrial development of Swannington
Coal mining before Magna Carta.
A tanner’s wealth.
The tramway to a canal that failed.
One of the world’s first railways.
The windmill that moved between villages.
Just some of the industrial developments in this small Leicestershire village.
Building Coalville’s memorial clocktower
Who decided to build a clocktower?
Where did the money come from?
Who built it?
Why did they do it?
Cardiff and Leicester – so similar yet so different
They were both celtic settlements on the banks of a river, have Roman, Viking and Norman legacies, plus many other similarities. In many ways they are very similar as cities, yet they developed at very different rates, each city making some advances centuries before the other.