Cottingham Local History Society

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Thank you to everyone who welcomed me to the Cottingham Local History Society in Cottingham on Wednesday January 11th 2012 at the Red Hall, Hallgate Primary School, Hallgate.  The lecture started with a bump as the powerpoint, laptop and projector refused to work together and I had to give the lecture without the images and primary sources but it still went really well and was a fantastic evening.  The crowd were fantastic and it was nice to see the room full with so many interesting and enthusiastic people.  I managed to stay behind and speak to a few fellow local historians and picked up some new material and new leads.  All in all it was a wonderful evening.  Thank you.

4 Responses to “Cottingham Local History Society”

  1. Christopher T. George Says:

    Good work, Mike. I am glad you were able to prevail and give an entertaining talk despite the technical difficulties. Despite everything, we performers have to go on!

  2. admin Says:

    Thanks for reading and leaving a comment Chris. Sometimes they difficult ones usually turn out to be the best. It was a lovely evening and everyone was really nice.

  3. Christopher T. George Says:

    I went and gave a War of 1812 presentation to a school on Wednesday morning, along with a couple of other speakers. It was to a local Catholic school not far from where the Battle of North Point took place in September 1814, in fact, the land where the school sits was technically part of the battlefield. We gave three presentations to three different groups of children who were brought in to see us in the cafeteria. Some of the children were probably a bit young to understand everything I was saying (there was a lot of yawning!) but luckily there were a couple of re-enactors along who were able to get the kids roused up and interested in the second part of each the three presentations.

  4. admin Says:

    I gave a lecture at a local school recently covering Jack the Ripper and looking at primary sources vs secondary sources. The children were aged between 14 and 16 and it went really well even though I thought they might be bored by the information and how it is assessed. They came up with some fascinating theories, great ideas and debated and discussed their chosen suspects with great enthusiasm. I don’t get paid for this stuff, I do it because I love it and having such a great crowd always helps. One of the great things about lecturing on local history is that you can give people an idea of where the events occurred locally and hopefully open their eyes and inspire them. The Hull History Centre is a prime example. Both Lewis Carroll’s grandfather and Frederick Richard Chapman were married in the church that used to stand on the spot, Robert D’Onston Stephenson was born opposite, and the hotel were Frederick Bailey Deeming stayed is a short walk away.

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