Breathing Life into History

Mappleton Church

Danny’s talks, tours and courses are an eclectic mix of social and cultural history, with Victorian and early 20th century British history taking precedence. Art history and gardens feature strongly as do personal places of interest-the Derbyshire Dales, Staffordshire Moorlands, the East End of London and Norway.

Illustrated Talks
On Armistice Day 2022, Danny was pleased to have presented his 1000th talk. There are over forty talks on offer covering aspects of architecture, art, biographies, gardening, local history, literary heritage and social history. These include:

  • Art of the Christmas Card
  • The Art of World War 1
  • ‘Every Picture Tells a Story’ (Victorian narrative art)
  • Famous Victorians with Derbyshire associations, eg. Thomas Cook, Catherine Booth 
  • The English obsession with Gardening
  • The Fascination of Churches
  • Surviving the Blitz

A full listing can be found on the Illustrated Talks page.

Courses and Day Schools
Courses and Day Schools can be organised independently currently courses take place at Higham Hall, Cumbria and on cruises. They have previously been organised under the auspices of the University of Nottingham, Keele University, Wedgwood Memorial College, Workers’ Education Association (WEA) or Derbyshire Community Education, Fred Olsen and Saga Cruise Lines. See the Courses page for the current syllabus.

Guided Tours
See the Guided Tours page for more information.

Forthcoming Open events
For details of forthcoming open events Click here for details