Mike Stroud. MA (History), BA (Hons), Dip Soc, Cert Hums, Elected Member of the Royal Historical Society.

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 South Leicestershire and the history of this part of the East Midlands 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. I am an Elected Member of the Royal Historical Society.

My article on Ketterings 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. I have visited Falmouth in Jamaica and visited William Knibb's memorial church and visited his grave and had long talk with the current Minister and guided tour of the church. 

I have completed a brief history of the Tresham's of Ruston Hall, which I also do a talk about. I have compiled talks on Symington's of Market Harborough both the Food Production and Corsetry Manufacture and a talk about both Companies. Another well received talk is on The Cadbury Brothers and their "Chocolate Wars" with other producers of Cocoa and Chocolate Products.

I am a Volunteer Room Steward at Kelmarsh Hall. I also volunteer for the National Trust at Lyveden New Bield and at Desborough Heritage Centre.
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, (more on this in the near future).  
I am a keen published and award-winning 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 enquiry@desborough-northants.com. or ring 07725 990148. The Fee for Talks for 2020-2021 is £50, which includes travel costs from Desborough.

Enjoy the site and if you have any comments, information or inquiries please email me.

I was elected as a Member of the Royal Historical Society. July 2017.

Kelmarsh Hall, on the A508 halfway between Market Harborough and Northampton. Come along and have a look around the house and gardens. There is a new interactive servants area "downstairs". Lots to do for all the family. I'm there on most Wednesdays so come along and say hello.   

Future Talks:
18th January 2022. SLU3A Local History Group. Soups to Suspenders The story of the Symington Brothers. Methodist Church, Northampton Road, Market Harborough. 

17th March 2022. Barton Seagrave Ladies Club. 2pm. Village Hall Barton Seagrave. The Treshams of Northamptonshire. 

6th April 2022. Methodist Ladies Group. 7pm, Methodist Church, Northampton Road, Market Harbourough. Soups to Suspenders. The story of the Symington Brothers.

26th May 2022. Northamptonshire Heritage Forum, 2pm Desborough Heritage Centre. Soups to Suspenders. The story of the Symington Brothers.

7th July 2022. Higham & Rushden U3A History Group. 2pm Rushden Masonic Hall, Rushden. The Treshams of Northamptonshire.

16th July 2022. Desborough Library Saturday Talks. 7pm Desborough Library. Soups to Suspenders. The story of the Symington Brothers.

13th September 2022. Lubenham Heritage Group. 7pm Lubenham Village Hall. William Knibb. Baptist Minister, Reformer, Friend of Slaves.

26th September 2022. Desborough Civic Society. 7pm Desborough Heritage Centre. The Treshams of Northamptonshire.

13th December 2022. Lubenham Heritage Group. 7pm Lubenham Village Hall. Kelmarsh Hall. The History of Kelmarsh Hall and its owners.

22nd March 2023. Great Easton Local History Society. To be decided.

15th June 2023. Wellingborough Civic Society, 7.30pm Wellingborough Museum, 12 Castle Way, Wellingborough. The Treshams of Northamptonshire. 

Click button for information on the Industrial Heritage of Desborough, including a copy of my dissertation and essays.

Click button for information on talks on Local History and Audio Visual shows.

Click button for information on Photography and Slide shows.