Danny Wells

Location: Ashbourne, Derbyshire
About the Speaker...

Danny’s talks, courses and tours celebrate the history of the Victorian age.
There is also a strong focus on the Derbyshire Dales, Staffordshire Moorlands & London’s East End.
His aim is to unlock the past, discovering, stimulating and creating a greater understanding of these areas.

About his talks...

There are currently over twenty five talks on offer to groups, societies, colleges, schools and cruises.
These cover aspects of architecture, art, local history, literary heritage and social history.
The talks, which are illustrated with Powerpoint, last approximately one hour, but can be tailored to your specific requirements.


My fees are £65 and I travel nationally with reasonable travel costs.

My Contact Details:

01335 350536

MY TALKS - Breathing Life into History

1. An Appreciation of the Southern Peak

A whistle-stop tour of the Derbyshire Dales and Staffordshire Moorlands exploring the contrasts and varieties of the area.

2. Art of World War 1

British paintings reflecting the changing nature of war, featuring artists such as Paul Nash and  Stanley Spencer

3. Ashbourne – Gateway to Dovedale

Medieval market town and its Georgian heyday; the Romantic movement and lots more…

4. ‘Back to the Land’, the Cult of the Countryside

Exploring the alternative movement in late Victorian England, with examples from the local area.

5. ‘Cheers

The history of pubs and drink

6. ‘Every Picture Tells a Story’

Insights into life in the nineteenth century as seen through Victorian narrative art.

7. Ilam, ‘the place where heaven and earth touch’

Focusing on the 18th and 19th centuries in the delightful estate village close to Dovedale.

8. Leek, ‘the Queen of the Moorlands’

Exploring Victorian times with an Arts and Crafts flavour in Leek, ‘the town that silk built’.

9. Lest We Forget

One Hundred Years of Remembrance and Commemoration

10. ‘The Age of Great Cities’

The development of towns and cities in Victorian England

11. The Art of Derbyshire

A personal look of favourite art in and of the County

12. ‘The City of Dreadful Night’

Poverty and social reform in the East End of London in the late Victorian period

13. The English and Gardening

A social history of an English obsession.

14. The Fascination of Churches

Observations on some of the wonderful churches in the Derbyshire Dales and Staffordshire Moorlands.

Danny Wells Contact Details:

01335 350536

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