Latest update on things in general

There is a change in the update page as I am no longer working regularly in schools, museums and libraries as before. I am now working on two major  projects and also collating all my written songs and music and will be using this and other pages to report back. Having said this - things are still happening!

Genealogy

In 2017 I was invited to give major talks at Family History Fairs at the NEC Birmingham, York and London. Talked again at York in 2018 and booked for London Family History Fair again in September. Also involved in Fair at the Alexandra Palace nest spring.

Music

Still composing and collating. Involved in a number of musical projects in 2017 - biggest perhaps celebrating the visit of Martin Luther King to Newcastle University in 1967. I was lucky enough to be in the Great Hall when he received his DCL and have written a relevant song about it. Now recording professionally all my major pieces.

As for the the research works, I hope to have one published -  online rather in hardback. Working title The Ashbrooke Boys it is intended for publication in November 2018 to match the end of 'celebrations' of the centenary of the First World War. Over 250 young men associated with Sunderland Cricket and (Rugby) Football Club (the modern Ashbrooke Sports Club) went to war between 1914 and 1918. Thanks to outstanding local and national records it is possible to tell their stories in detail and build up a picture of the effect of war on families from a particular class for the most part living and working together  in a specific area. The actual writing and research is now complete and the next three months are to be devoted to publication and promotion. All monies from the publication will go to good causes associated with the club.

 The other work From Shetland to Keel Square  traces the maritime careers of a group of seamen, the Wear-side built ships in which they served, the relevant shipbuilders and owners. The idea is to present a micro-picture of how the port worked and the then town's resultant social structure. Hopefully other researchers will be able to build up a fuller picture. This will be a main focus in 2019.

I am also continuing my monthly snippets of war in Family Tree Magazine until November and was commissioned to write four major articles for them during 2017 - three on the First World War and one on estate life in the 20th century, Another four major articles have been commissioned for 2018 with two still to be published. Also writing on a regular basis for the online and hard copy Discover Your Ancestors.

If  (like me) you have young children/grandchildren take a look at the following apps I did the voices for - available free to down load - 'The Steam Train' 'Around the World', 'It was a cold dark night' and 'The Farmer's Lunch' at  the site below (or simply find the Big Cat reference on Harper Collins web site). 

www.collins.co.uk/page/Collins+Big+Cat/Apps  

 HighBeam research encyclopaedia site currently has at least twelve of my travel articles from different newspapers - find it in Google, enter my name as "Keith Gregson" and scroll down to newspaper part or simply try  http://www.highbeam.com/

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