Wednesday 20 October 2021

The Battle of Brunanburh

The lecture will explore the events that led up to the Battle of Brunanburh and go on to outline the consequences for England of the outcomes of the battle. The lecture will include details of the search for the battle site and will include the very latest news.

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David Allen

David is Chairman of both the Eastham Archive Group and the Eastham Village Preservation Association, as well as Vice Chairman of Conservation Areas Wirral. He is a former chairman of Welsh Highland Railway and its heritage group involved in railway preservation in Transylvania.


Wednesday 17 November 2021

Making News with Granada and Making Music with Clatterbridge

The lecturer interviewed many famous people, but reporting on the trials, tribulations and triumphs of those from our local community give him the most satisfaction. Stories behind the headlines will be revealed and Andy will explain why he still plays an important role in the charity which helped launch his career.

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Andy Bonner

An award-winning journalist and broadcaster, Andy began his career on the radio at Clatterbridge Hospital. After working for a number of stations, he has spent over twenty years at ITV News Granada Reports where he continues to reflect the people and events of our community in his role as Merseyside Correspondent.


Wednesday 1 December 2021

Seacombe Pottery

The story of Seacombe Pottery (1852-64) is a fascinating study in both Victorian design and enterprise. This shows a clearly thought-out commercial proposition that should have survived for a much longer period. Instead, the pottery became a passing and often forgotten incident of Wirral’s local history.The only known account of the pottery while it was in operation was made by Joseph Mayer.

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Colin Simpson

A graduate and post-graduate researcher in Fine Art/History of Art & the Decorative Arts, Colin 

has worked at the Williamson Art Gallery & Museum since 1980. He became Principal Museums’ Officer, running seven museums and producing award-winning exhibitions at home and abroad in such places as Ravenna in Italy and Gdansk in Poland.

Colin has lectured extensively on arts and heritage subjects, and made several TV appearances.


Wednesday 19 January 2022 

Welsh Highland Railways

The Welsh Highland Railway was an amalgamation of two earlier narrow-gauge railways: North Wales Narrow Gauge and Croesor Tramway. It was closed in 1936 but reopened 70 years later under the management of the Ffestiniog Railway. This illustrated lecture will describe the railway’s early history, its reconstruction and its route through Snowdonia between Caernarfon and Port Madog.

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Michael Blackburn

A former Ordnance Survey surveyor for 40 years, Michael also worked as the Land Registry surveyor on the reconstruction of the Welsh Highland Railway and is thus well qualified to present this lecture.


Wednesday 16 February 2022 

The History of Thornton Hough

Thornton Hough is the creation of two philanthropic landowners: the more well-known William Hesketh Lever, first Viscount Leverhulme, and his less well-known predecessor Joseph Hirst. This illustrated lecture will lead the audience through the development of this unique village, from the time of Doomsday to the modern day.

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Gavin Hunter

Having worked for almost 30 years at Lever Brothers and Unilever at Port Sunlight, Gavin is now retired and lives in Thornton Hough. He is the honorary archivist to the Leverhulme family and writes, lectures and broadcasts on many aspects of Wirral and its history.


Wednesday 16 March 2022

The Vyner Estates on Wirral

What links the following?

London goldsmith profits from a widow’s loss; Crown Jewels made for Charles II; Britannia appears on our coinage; the first National Debt used to repay Charles’s bankers; wealth from farming, railway, motorway, the workhouse, and 20th century house-building; the longest trial in the Victorian era involves Wirral.

The answer? …… Lord Vyner.

All will be revealed in this illustrated lecture.

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Chris Thompson 

Having spent thirty years teaching in Wirral high schools, Chris found himself accidentally becoming a teacher of local history at Wirral 3Ls.