The world of the past has fascinated me from my earliest memories and exploring it continues to delight me in retirement. My working life was spent firstly in bookselling and then in university administration, but days off frequently found me rummaging happily in record offices and libraries . “How come I was landed with the name of Bodfish?” is a question I began working on over 40 years ago. Wanting to know “What went on in the past around where I live?” made me a founder member in 1984 of Smethwick Local History Society, of which I am currently chairman. I have taught local history research and palaeography for the University of Birmingham’s School of Continuing Studies. Sharing my discoveries via my talks has been a delight to me for over 20 years.
About my talks...
All of my talks last 50 – 60 minutes and are illustrated with a Powerpoint presentation. I appreciate the provision of a screen and, if possible, a projector stand. I’m happy totravel within a 25 mile radius of Smethwick in the West Midlands and my standard fee is £30 (which is passed on to good causes).
I am available daytime and evenings.
£35 plus travelling expenses if I am travelling more than ten miles from my home in Smethwick