Become a House Detective – Researching the History of Your Home

Stephen Poulter


Region:
East of England
Notice Period:
Short (maybe less than one month's notice)
Type:
Professional Speaker
Fee:
Paid: £65 + 40p/mile travel
Category:
History
Updated:
10th May 2018
Tagged:
Houses | Historic | Researching | Family History

As author of a number of local history books, Stephen shares his experience of researching the story of the 17th century cottage in Norfolk which he moved into just 2 years ago. He’ll recount the tales of the owners and residents of his own home over more than 300 years, who ranged from Victorian farmers and bricklayers to a Georgian gentlewoman of independent means and a wealthy 17th century landowner. He also describes the various processes and historic documents involved in investigating the background of any historic property so that anyone in the audience can set out on their own journey of historical discovery.

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About Stephen Poulter

Based on the Norfolk/Suffolk border near Diss, I have given hundreds of talks since 2010 to audiences ranging from a dozen to over 500 people for all sorts of community organisations including U3A, WI, Rotary, plus local history and church social groups. I can take bookings up to a year ahead or, subject to availability, I can step in at short notice if your speaker cancels unexpectedly. I provide my own technical gear for your convenience - all I ask is that the host group provide a screen. I am happy to travel to any location in Norfolk and Suffolk, as well as North Essex and East Cambridgeshire.

I currently work as an auctioneer at a fortnightly country sale in Hertfordshire, run an online antiques, vintage and collectables business and am a part time tutor teaching short courses for the WEA. Previously I owned and ran an independent bookshop for ten years. Between 2005 and 2014 I interviewed dozens of major celebrity names live on stage - including Julie Walters, Ian Botham, Alan Titchmarsh, Sheila Hancock, Alan Davies - as part of a regular Meet the Author programme I produced at theatres and other venues across Hertfordshire. In my long career I have also chaired and made presentations at numerous conferences, seminars and debates, at national and international level.


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