Steve Bacon

Location: Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
About me...

I am a retired Primary School teacher, and my initial specialism was science, however, I have for many years developed a passion for history and over 20 years ago started my business, Live’n History. I have extensive experience of delivering presentations in museums (I have undertaken research for the Wellcome Library and developed several of their video conferencing packages), heritage sites and TV and film work and have developed a series of characters and presentations for interest groups, often on the darker side of life in the past.
All my presentations are well researched and resourced so you can be sure that the things I say and do are as historically accurate as I can make them.

About my Talks...

Most of my talks are about an hour long and many are delivered in costume with museum quality artefacts and/or Powerpoint, some include audience participation, although many can now be delivered in a modified form as ZOOM talks. I welcome questions and am happy to chat after the presentation. I provide a laptop, data projector and stand but require a screen or white wall. I have delivered talks to various interest groups; WI, U3A, local history groups, family history groups, PROBUS etc.

Fee:

My standard fee is £90 + travel at 40p per mile and overnight accommodation, if necessary.
ZOOM talks vary in price, please ask.

My Contact Details:
Phone:

01908 313191

07811 718313

Medieval Surgery

Steve Bacon PG

In this talk I explain the theory of the four humours that underpins Medieval medicine and demonstrates the skill of the surgeon. Live leeches add the eeeek factor of some of this talk. While it is not possible for these sessions to be too ‘hands on’ – or should that be ‘hands off’? – audience participation is encouraged where a vict …oops!… volunteer is called for and questions are answered with relish – or is that just fake blood? This talk has now been adapted for ZOOM.

Early Modern Surgery

I explain the continuing theory of the four humours, show the changes that came about during this period and demonstrate the developing skill of the surgeon. Live leeches add the eeeek factor of some of this talk. While it is not possible for these sessions to be too ‘hands on’ – or should that be ‘hands off’? – audience participation is encouraged where a vict …oops!… volunteer is called for and questions are answered with relish – or is that just fake blood? This talk has now been adapted for ZOOM.

Jenner and Vaccination

The story of the development of vaccination is more complicated than you may think. I explain how Jenner developed the technique and how he got it accepted by society. This talk has now been adapted for ZOOM.

Medieval Crime and Punishment

Find out about Medieval outlaws. Discover how it feels to be put in the pillory or stocks and feel the thumbscrews tightening.

Tudor Magistrate – Crime and Punishment -

Learn which places to avoid in London and how to pick pockets as well as a variety of other criminal activities and the punishments meted out.

 

Grave Robber

I have developed the character of Nehemiah Bacon, Resurrectionist (grave robber!). Discover how he benefits medicine and maybe he will disclose the sleazier side of this trade! This talk has now been adapted for ZOOM.

 

Bow Street Runners

Watch out, watch out the Bow Street Runners are about! Why were they formed and what were their powers? This talk has now been adapted for ZOOM.

 

Victorian Criminals

Listen to the tricks of the Victorian burglar. Learn about the development of the ‘long drop’ and tie a hangman’s noose.

 

Victorian Tosher

Victorian life illustrated by the finds a Victorian tosher makes in the sewers of London.

Steve Bacon Contact Details:
Phone:

01908 313191

07811 718313