About Dr Tom Preston...
As a historian, my main interest is the social history of north-west England, particularly in regard to popular entertainment over the past 150 years. My PhD focussed on the early history of football in Liverpool before 1914, and I have contributed material to journals and books as well as having been interviewed on TV, radio and the press.
I worked for more than twenty years in both adult and schools education. Since then, I have been involved in archive and heritage promotion and have organised many heritage events and history courses.
Over the past decade I have given hundreds of presentations to a range of groups including libraries, history societies, U3A, Women’s Institutes, Townswomen’s Guilds, Rotary Clubs, Probus, and Civic Societies. My first book, a biography of the comedian, Robb Wilton, has recently been published.
About my Talks...
All my talks are illustrated Power-point presentations. I supply my laptop and projector and the duration is usually 50-60 minutes unless a shorter presentation is specifically requested. My only requirements are a screen or suitable blank wall, and a 2 or 3 socket extension lead.
My standard charge is £48 for the entire lecture, with 25p per mile additional expenses if outside 20 mile radius of Southport and road toll costs if applicable.
I generally will speak anywhere within a 35 mile radius of Southport.