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 visited Falmouth in Jamaica and visited William Knibb's memorial church and visited his grave and had long talk the the current Minister and guided tour of the church. 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.
Thursday 13th April 2017 I am giving a talk to Market Harborough Oddfellows Society. 3pm at the Conservative Club, Market Harborough. On William Knibb, Baptist Minister, social reformer, Missionary and Friend of Slaves.
Thursday 18th May 2017 I am giving a talk to East Haddon History Society. 8pm at the Village Hall East Haddon, on William Knibb, Baptist Minister, social reformer, Missionary and Friend of Slaves.