Breathing Life into History
Danny Wells
Danny's talks & courses are an eclectic mix of social and cultural history.
Victorian Britain features strongly as does art history and gardens.
Geographically there is a focus on the Derbyshire Dales, Staffordshire Moorlands and the East End of London.


Forthcoming Events


Exploring Gardens from the Armchair
(In search of the art and meaning of gardens and gardening)

Gardening is arguably the most popular activity in contemporary Britain. We will go in search of meanings and symbolism invested in gardens and flowers; as well as exploring how they have been depicted by British artists. The main focus will be Georgian and Victorian Britain and the first half of the 20th century. This course could be accused of dwelling on the romance of gardening rather than the hard graft!

DATES: Tuesday 21 November - Thursday 23 November 2017

VENUE: Higham Hall, Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9SH

TO BOOK:  Higham Hall; Tel: 017687 762 76; e-mail: admin@higham




Danny is currently seeking publication for the following books:

‘The Mother of the Salvation Army’


Lives at the heart of Empire 1888-1951

This is a story of the rich and turbulent history of Poplar and the East End of London and its relationship to Empire and Indian subcontinent in particular.

It is explored through the life of James (‘Pop’) Wells of Wells’s Junk Shop in the East India Dock Road, Poplar with the focus on the late Victorian period and the first half of the 20th century until the Festival of Britain in 1951. 

This is a story of a particular person in a peculiar place in a time of wars and the rise and fall of an Empire.

A two-part article from this book can be found in the Cockney Ancestor, the magazine of the East of London Famiily History Society (EOLFHS) ~ Summer Issue 2017 & Autumn Issue 2017.