Talks and Presentations

We now offer some intriguing presentations for history societies and indeed all adult groups. If you are looking for something a little different then you might consider one of our talks, illustrated with plenty of images and artefacts, and including a little storytelling or historic music performed live on replicas of medieval and Tudor instruments.

Pilgrimage in Medieval England
Discover what motivated people to undertake a pilgrimage, where they went, what they took with them and the souvenirs they brought back.  Presented in costume with a wide range of artefacts which can be handled and accompanied with a short performance on English bagpipes.

Tudor Fairs and Festivities
Find out how people celebrated high days and holy days in the sixteenth century, from dancing in the churchyard to public executions, and Bartholomew Fair to Yuletide. Including traditional tales, a mummers’ play and some live music on period instruments.

"Thank you for your wonderful talk, we all enjoyed it and would love you to come back in the future."
Cheshire Writers
Explore the literary landscape of Cheshire from the 14th century through to today.  Learn how the county's folklore, curiosities, traditions and dialect have influenced writers through the ages.

The Piper's Tale
A unique presentation combining curious tales, live music and intriguing illustrations to present the story of the English bagpiper through history and folklore.

Myths and Legends of Cheshire
A look at the tales and folklore of the county, from dragons and mermaids to wizards and fools. The legends will be told in the traditional manner, then explored to see if there is a grain of truth behind them.

Cheshire Dialect and Proverbs
Discover the old vocabulary from Cheshire along with some traditional sayings and even some intriguing insults.
Voices from a Medieval City
Find out about the lives, trades passions and prejudices of real people in the middle ages who lived in, or visited, the border city of Chester.
The Great Fire of London
The tale of the terrible disaster of 1666 explored through eyewitness accounts, ballad sheets, maps, engravings and surviving artefacts.
"The talk was entertaining, informative, interesting and well presented.  The clothes complemented the overall effect."

Life in a Victorian Workhouse
Discover the lives of the poor in these institutions, from the dismal diet and daily routine to gruesome tales and treats for special occasions.

Music for Yuletide 1200-1900
Perfect for the festive season.  Explore the stories behind these seasonal tunes played on a range of period instruments.
Talks last approximately one hour with time for questions afterwards. Talks cost £60 and are available in the Cheshire and South Lancashire areas. Please contact us for further details or to book a talk.

Email us at or call Tom Hughes on 07514 651453.