Tuesday 9 January 2018

Calendar of Speaking Engagements for 2018

After a very successful first full year as a public speaker delivering his inaugural illustrated presentation Early Asylum Life to family and local history societies, Probus clubs and other interested organisations across Yorkshire and neighbouring counties, David has been taking bookings for 2018. 

Considerable time has been spent researching and developing a new presentation Evolution of Asylum Patient Photography to place before interested groups during this year and beyond. Audiences who haven’t yet heard Early Asylum Life are recommended to first book that presentation as an introduction to the subject.

Early Asylum Life:
The audience travels back in time, becoming a “fly on the wall” in one of the 19th century’s earliest County Asylums in England, the West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum, Yorkshire which opened in 1818. The voices of the insane poor are heard through the words of their physicians, relatives, and very specially, the patients themselves, using material from the UNESCO award winning collection of original case notes and other asylum records held by West Yorkshire Archive Service. Listeners learn in intimate detail about why they were committed, how they were treated and what became of them and their families.

Evolution of Asylum Patient Photography: 
The archives of the West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum in Wakefield contain hundreds of photographs of the insane poor. Rare examples date from 1868, by which time pioneering photographers at other institutions had been capturing patients’ images since the 1850s. Asylum Director James Crichton-Browne, the driving force behind the use of photography in Yorkshire, corresponded with celebrated naturalist Charles Darwin enclosing numerous patients’ portraits, usually annotated with a diagnosis of their illness. Through a presentation rich in images captured nearly 150 years ago the audience learns what motivated photography, how it evolved during the 19th century and what legacy remains today. 

Contact David at david@scrimgeour.biz to check his latest availability.

Bookings taken for “Early Asylum Life”

Low Moor Local History Group
Aldersgate Methodist Church,
Cleckheaton Road,
Low Moor,
BD12 0TW
2:30pm, Friday 2nd February, 2018
Huddersfield Local History Society
University of Huddersfield
Brontë Lecture Theatre,
Room BLG/05,
7:30pm, Monday 26th February, 2018
Barwick-in-Elmet & Scholes Probus Club
John Rylie Centre,
Carrfield Road,
Barwick in Elmet,
LS15 4JB
10:00am, Tuesday 27th February, 2018
East Yorkshire Family History Society
Beverley Cricket Club,
Recreation Park Lane,
HU17 9HX
7:30pm, Tuesday 1st May, 2018
Doncaster & District Family History Society
Doncaster School for the Deaf,
Race Course Roundabout,
Leger Way,
7:30pm, Wednesday 27th June, 2018
Norton & Campsall WI
Campsall Village Hall,
Bone Lane,
7:30pm,Wednesday 29th August, 2018
Spen Valley Historical Society
Catholic Church Hall,
Dewsbury Road,
BD19 5DL
7:30pm, Wednesday 12th September, 2018

Bookings taken for “Evolution of Asylum Patient Photography”

Selby & District Family History Group
Town Hall,
York Street,
10:00am, Tuesday 23rd January, 2018
Barnsley Family History Society
Buckley Church Hall,
Union Court,
S70 1JN
7:30pm, Tuesday 17th April, 2018
Keighley Local History Society
Keighley Carnegie Library,
1 Albert Street,
BD21 2AT
7:30pm, Wednesday 9th May, 2018
Bradford Family History Society
Glyde House,
Little Horton Lane,
10:30am, Monday 21st May, 2018
Lancashire & Manchester Family History Society,
Oldham Branch
The Lees Suite,
Civic Centre,
West St,
2:00pm, Saturday 9th June, 2018
Rotherham Family History Society
The Liberty Church,
Station Road,
S60 1JH
7:00pm, Thursday 5th July, 2018
Huddersfield Family History Society
Town Hall,
Ramsden Street,
1:30pm, Tuesday 4th September, 2018
Harrogate & District Family History Society
St Paul’s UR Church Hall,
Belford Road,
7:30pm, Tuesday 16th October, 2018

David will also be making his third visit to Garforth Probus Club later this year, the venue where his speaking engagements started in 2016. This will be the first delivery of his newest presentation Criminal Lunatics: Villains and Patients a topic which he has been researching during 2017. During the 19th century the West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum cared for hundreds of mentally ill patients admitted from the justice system where they had been accused or convicted of a variety of crimes. What had caused their admission to the Asylum? How were they treated while in the Asylum? What became of them? These are just some of the questions which will be answered in Criminal Lunatics: Villains and Patients.

Garforth Probus Club
Garforth Working Men’s Club,
Barley Hill Rd,
LS25 1AU
10:30am, Wednesday 3rd October, 2018

If you are interested in making a provisional booking for Criminal Lunatics: Villains and Patients it should be on "general release" from the beginning of November, 2018. Please get in touch with David to discuss likely dates.