Welcome to Desborough-Northants.com web site. I am Mike Stroud and I am a local historian who has been published and broadcast with an interest in the Industrial Heritage of Desborough and North Northamptonshire, and the history of Northamptonshire in general. I studied with the Open University and obtained a Diploma in Sociology and went on to gain a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Social and Political History.
I then completed a Master of Arts degree in History. My dissertation was on the Industrial Heritage of Desborough with particular interest in The Desborough Industrial and Provident Co-operative Society. I have recently added several other topics and areas of interest to my portfolio. My article on Kettering’s William Knibb, Social Reformer, Baptist Minister, Missionary and Friend of Slaves (See talks page for a copy of the article) has been well received and published and I have been invited to talk on the subject many times in recent months. I have recently completed a brief history of the Tresham's of Ruston Hall, which I have also talked about. I have completed several Future Learn courses including England in the time of Richard III, Irish Lives in War and Revolution: Exploring Ireland's History 1912-1923. Hosted by Trinity College, Dublin. I will also be looking into the Lunar Society of Birmingham and the Cadbury family (more on this in the near future).
I am a keen published photographer and have an extensive portfolio of photographs. Subjects include heritage, history, travel and more.
I am available to give illustrated talks on local history, travel and other subjects these can be slide shows, illustrated talks and/or audio visual presentations. If you would like to book me for a talk, please contact me at email@example.com Enjoy the site and if you have any comments, information or inquiries please email me.
On Tuesday the 18th October I will be on BBC Radio Northampton at about 2.15pm on the Afternoon Show with John Griff to talk about William Knibb Social Reformer, Baptist Minister, Missionary and Friend of Slaves.
Tuesday, 22 November 2016 I am giving a talk to The Far Cotton History Group, Far Cotton Recreation Hall, Northampton at 13.30. On The First 50 years of the Desborough Industrial and Provident Co-operative Society
Wednesday 8th February 2017 I am giving a talk to the Harborough Ladies Lunch Group at the Angel Hotel, Market Harborough starting 12.00pm. On William Knibb Social Reformer, Baptist Minister, Missionary and Friend of Slaves.