2020 EVENTS;

Saturday 10 October 10.30am. SoG. Turning on the Light, a social history of lighting the home; how it affected ancestors’ daily lives and a literary shorthand for wealth or poverty! I even discuss whale versus turnip power! Rescheduled from May.  On Zoom.  Book here

Due to Coronavirus, several events are being rescheduled online through the Society of Genealogists.   

I am happy to deliver other talks through the medium of the internet. Please contact me.

Saturday 5 September 2020. Society of Genealogists. Tracing your Female Ancestors (with Else Churchill). Cancelled.  To be rescheduled.

Monday 7 December 2020. Heaton Chapel Literary & Philosophical Society. Wash Day Blues.

Sorry but you have missed;

Thursday 31 July 2020 2pm.   My Ancestors Worked in Textile Mills.  SoG via Zoom.  Book here.

Thursday 21 May 2020. Society of Genealogists. Turning on  the Light: Social History of the Home (12 noon) and My Ancestors Worked in Textile Mills (14.00).    This event will not take place due to Covid 19.  It may be rescheduled.  In the meantime, please keep safe.

Saturday 25 April 2020. Cleveland Family History Society.  The Economics of Marriage.  This lecture, via examples, explores the lot of the married woman from why it was preferable to spinsterhood and ignominy of the ‘maiden aunt,’ through to dowries, pre-nuptial agreements, marriage settlements, divorce and Property Acts.   The organisers hope it will be rescheduled for 2021.       

Wednesday 13 November 2019.  Stockport Central Library.   2pm. Why I’m a suffragist not a suffragette. This will cover the difference between suffragists (e.g. Millicent Fawcett) and the suffragettes (e.g. Emmeline Pankhurst) with a short exploration of the struggle for female enfranchisement and anecdotes about the local struggle in Stockport. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask about researching your female ancestors and purchase some of my books at a discount.

Saturday 21st September 2019.  6th Peak District Family History Conference, University of the 3rd Age, Palace Hotel, Buxton,  Reachers, beamers, carders and throstlers? What on earth did your mill worker ancestors actually do?  

Saturday 15th June 2019.   Yorkshire Family History  Society, London Branch.  Textile workers; focus on Yorkshire wool trades.

Wednesday 13th February 2019, 2pm,  Society of Genealogists.   Washday Blues; a social history of washerwomen, laundrywomen and charwomen.  Rough,  red and chapped hands at the ready, how on earth did woman manage to survive?   For a review go to

Society of Genealogists, Wednesday 11th July 2018 2pm;  Tracing your Cotton and Wool Mill Ancestors.   In the nineteenth century, the textile industry was the biggest employer in the UK and hundreds of thousands of people, mainly women, worked in mills spinning or weaving. Some job titles are obscure; what did a big or little piecer do? How about a tenter?  Were these good jobs? Well paid, secure?

Society of Genealogists on  Saturday 11th February 2017 – afternoon session on making money  by writing.

Who do You Think You Are Live at the NEC in Birmingham on Friday 7th April 2017. Lectures on writing about genealogy; Laundresses and Charwomen, ‘Wash Day Blues.’

Other topics include  hatmaking, seamstress and tailors, button makers and other trades and crafts.   I can adapt my expertise to your requirements.  Please contact me for availability.