About Dr Tom Preston...
My main interest is the social history of north-west England, particularly in regard to popular entertainment over the past 150 years. My PhD focussed on the early history of football in Liverpool before 1914, and I have contributed material to journals and books as well as having been interviewed on TV, radio and the press.
Over the past decade I have given hundreds of presentations to a range of groups including libraries, history societies, U3A, Women’s Institutes, Townswomen’s Guilds, Rotary Clubs, Probus, civic societies, heritage festivals and museums. My first book, a biography of the comedian, Robb Wilton, received excellent reviews when published in 2018.
About my Talks...
Most of my talks feature illustrated slide presentations. I bring along my own digital projector and the duration is usually 40-50 minutes unless a shorter presentation is specifically requested. My only requirements are a screen or suitable blank wall, and a 2 socket extension lead.
My talks are presented in a relaxed and entertaining manner with a good deal of humour and audience involvement. During the pandemic I have added new topics and radically revised others. Even if I have spoken to your group before, you will find that my regular subjects have been completely re-written to include fresh material.
My standard charge is £50, or £60 to £70 if travelling more than 20 miles from Southport, plus road toll costs if applicable.
I generally confine my speaking to the following areas: West Lancashire, Preston, South Ribble, Liverpool City Region (except Wirral), Chorley, the Fylde, and Wigan. I will do Zoom talks to groups anywhere.