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:

All Talks are cancelled for the next 6 months due to Covid-19. Sorry.

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.