Forthcoming Talks

8th September 2015 – Feckenham Forest History Society – “The History of Kidderminster” – Webheath Village Hall 7.30 pm

28th September 2015 – “The Mansions of the Kidderminster Carpet Barons” – Areley Kings Village Hall 2pm

24th November 2015 – Teme Valley Historical Society – “Female Labour in Kidderminster’s Carpet Industry” – Abberley Village Hall 7.30 pm

Nigel Gilbert is currently available to speak on the following subjects:

1. Harveys Wine Merchants

This talk is based on his recently published book on the Kidderminster branch of the famous Bristol company. The book contains much information about the sherry trade generally and about the Bristol business, so the talk should appeal to wine lovers and Bristol people, as well as to those interested in Kidderminster.

2. The Land Clubs of Kidderminster

This is based upon his article published recently in the Transactions of the Worcesterhire Archaeological Society. It should appeal to those interested in social history, and particularly in the development of housing in the 19th century when the government took little responsibility.

3. A History of Kidderminster

This is based on his book published by Phillimore in 2004. There are two distinct presentations:

a) A general history from a Saxon charter through to the growth of the carpet industry and its recent decline

b) A talk concentrating on the history of the town through its buildings, emphasising the huge destruction of a town centre of great character and the need for more effective planning and conservation

4. A History of Franche

This is the story of an outlier of the Manor of Kidderminster at the Domesday survey in 1084, which has now become a suburb of Kidderminster.

5. Mary Macarthur and the female carpet weavers of Kidderminster

The women in Kidderminster’s carpet industry were refused admission to the carpet weavers’ union during the 19th century, and their employment caused several bitter diputes. The great women’s trade union leader came to speak in Kidderminster on 25th September 1912. Her union formed a branch in the town for the female carpet weavers.

6. Three Dr Strettons and the Battle for Kidderminster’s Health 1856-1952

This talk is based upon my book “Dr Stretton, I Presume”, published in October 2012 by RSM Press, and tells the story of the struggle to improve health in Kidderminster by three generations of doctors from the same family.