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 have also been working on two major  projects and  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 

22 June  Talk and Expert History Advice - Yorkshire F H Show

26 June Sport and Song Talk - Leeds Beckett University

6 July Talk and Expert History Advice - Bristol F H Show

3 August  Mining Songs - Usworth Miners' Picnic

18 August Local Songs - Re-opening Roker Pier

24 August - Talk and Expert Advice - London F H S 

31 August & 1 September - Local Songs - Riverside Festival

16 September -Talk S Hylton Local History Society

In May I gave two talks to referees and rugby dignitaries at the county rugby match at Ashbrooke Sports Club. I now write a regular  blog on the club's remarkable history and its archives ( which I curate). Catch up with the blog at;

 https://www.ashbrookesports.org/our-heritage 

Gave a concert on mining songs in May as part of a coal mining project in Southwick, Sunderland.Spoke and gave a workshop at Family History Live  at the Alexandra Palace in April. Both lecture and workshop  sold out! Lectures were given at the Society of Genealogists in London and as part of the Folk Music Degree course at Newcastle University - both in February.  The former  (at the SOG) has gone well and I intend to offer a number of half day course on Tracing Ancestors to other groups (please contact if interested). 14 June Lecture - Ashbrooke and WW1 - University 3rd Age went well - 100 to 150 in the audience. 

Music

Still composing and collating.Now recording professionally all my major pieces and putting them on my jukebox. Notes on the songs and tunes can be found in the 'My Songs and Tunes' section.  A recent  addition is 'Their Normandy' - a song written some years ago in memory of those who fell on D Day and the ensuing days ( 75 years ago this June).

As for the the research works, The Ashbrooke Boys is now published online ( see relevant page). 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. All monies from the publication are  going to good causes associated with the club. I am currently returning to sorting out the club's outstanding archives.

 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 work is due online in mid-June in 2019 and will tie in with a major lead magazine article in  Family Tree magazine in June/July.

I have a commission for two major articles in Family Tree magazine in 2019 and also write 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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