History of the Industrial Revolution has ignored the ‘rural counties’ as irrelevant. However, nothing could be further from the truth. What have Victorian submarines and lifeboats got to do with rural Berkshire? Why was Reading important in the construction of the Great Western Railway? Berkshire’s industrial history is far more complex than many would assume. Join me as we delve into Berkshire’s Victorian industrial past.Views: 164 | Enquiries: 0
I am a published historian based in Berkshire who specialises in industrial and railway history and the history of science. My current areas of research are the aircraft and systems of the RAF, industrial development in the Victorian period, and the development of the railway and canal systems in Britain in the mid to late 19th Century. I am currently researching a PhD in economic history and am a tutor with the WEA.
My talks appeal to a broad range of audiences and sizes of groups. I’m happy to adapt the length and format for your requirements. My aim is to educate and entertain, leaving the audience with a new perspective and wanting to learn more.
A 20 year career in technology, working with British and international manufacturing companies has given me a unique perspective as an historian.
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