September 1947

Robert Mee

Notice Period:
Emergency (maybe less than one week's notice)
Paid: £60 (plus expenses if more than 40 miles)
27th January 2022
Derbyshire | Nottinghamshire | 1940S | Social History

(Talk available from September 2022)

This was a personal challenge - pick a month at random and see if there was sufficient taking place to prepare a talk. Well, the problem is that there was far too much!

This talk does not overly deal with the national history of the time, but rather looks at the impact of post war austerity on our local communities. Local newspapers have been the main source of material, and every aspect has been used, from the front page headlines to the classified advertisements, from the changes in rationing, to the films on at the local cinema and the programmes on the BBC.

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About Robert Mee

Robert Mee can present a number of illustrated talks for your group.

  • Robert is a qualified trainer;
  • he holds an M.A. in English Local History from the University of Leicester (2014);
  • has conducted several research projects based around the Heanor area and along the Derbyshire / Nottinghamshire border;
  • writes for local magazines and newsletters, as well as managing the website for the Heanor & District Local History Society; and
  • has written two books on the Heanor/Langley Mill area.

Although Robert has an academic background, his talks are firmly aimed at a non-academic audience. And many of his talks cover a much wider geographic area than his main interests suggest.

All presentations are fully illustrated. They normally last from 50 to 90 minutes, but can be adjusted to suit your needs. Robert is often available at short-notice, if, for example, a speaker cancels. (His record for "emergency" attendance was when he received a call one morning while in the local supermarket, and was giving the talk to a group in the afternoon!)

He will bring everything he needs, though if you do have a screen (or suitable wall) to project onto it will save trying to fit a screen into a rather small car!

During the pandemic, Robert switched to giving online talks, e.g. by Zoom, and this remains an option for those groups which prefer this approach (the group organisers will need to facilitate the web session though).

Fees are £60, plus expenses if over 40 miles (return from West Hallam) involved. Robert is prepared to travel anywhere to give his talks, though most of his presentations are in the East Midlands, where he is based.

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