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 book 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!


I recently appeared in London singing in support of a play about professional boat racing in Victorian times. Hadaway Harry  was a great success and had rave revues on its return to The Theatre Royal, Newcastle. As a result of this I performed at the 150th anniversary dinner of the Tynemouth Rowing Club on 18 March. I supported a follow up venture - Mr Corvan's Music Hall - with songs, some of which are based on research I did over thirty years ago. As part of the city's bid to be National City of Culture in 2021 I have compiled a list of songs written recently about or inspired by Sunderland. The sites below may be of interest.


6 - 8 April I gave a number of talks at  the 'Who Do You Think You Are?' exhibition at the NEC Birmingham -  a daily morning talk for The Genealogist web site and a talk on First World War research and an expert consultancy for The Society of Genealogists on the Thursday afternoon. In May I gave a talk in London on Researching Northern Ancestors. In June I gave a talk at the Yorkshire Family History Fair - again for The Genealogist.


As for the the books, I hope to have them published - either online and/or in printed form by summer and autumn 2018. The first book- current title From Shetland to Keel Square  will trace 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. As many of the vessels on which the seamen served were sailing ships, the book will be published around July 2018 when the Tall Ships come to the Wear.

The second book entitled The Ashbrooke Boys 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.  

My day on Family History Research which may be of interest

Saturday 7 October - Society of Genealogists - London - Day seminar - Researching Sporting Ancestors.

I will also continue my monthly snippets of war in Family Tree Magazine and have been 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. . 

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).  

 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