I have a keen interest in local history and have carried out much local historical research and have published two reference books. Having also pursued my own family history I have in recent years, developed an interest in this field. If you would like me to help you, do get in touch. Often, one can reach back 4 or 5 generations of your family back to the early 19th century. I should add here that I am not a professional genealogist, simply a keen amateur sleuth.
Having worked both in and for the countryside for most of my life, I've amassed a great deal of knowledge on landscape, wildlife and farming and would be keen to continue to put that knowledge to any good cause. Please contact me if you consider I can be of assistance in writing or researching for you or your cause.
For many years, I quite often presented illustrated talks on various subjects. I have now cut back on this line of work but do try me and see if I'm available... As you will have seen from the following list, I presented on a number of subjects; I have amassed a significant collection of both old and more recent images on various aspects of the eastern South Downs area.
Local and Rural History Research. I may well be able to help you in this respect. Each enquiry if taken on, would be individually tailored to the request of the client.
Illustrated Talks. These can last for 45 to 60 minutes depending on what the client requires. Talks are carried out using a laptop using a PowerPoint presentation format. For best results a large screen - as many venues now possess, is by far the best. Please note that I do not now possess a projector!
Contact Monty for more details
A selection of images from Monty’s illustrated talks:
Other websites of interest:
Originally a deer hunting forest in Norman times, Ashdown Forest is now one of the largest free public access spaces in the South East.
More environmental stories can be found on: @MontyLarkin