Local Historian

Illustrated Talks





Recent Updates

  • Jun 2024 - Green Door History 4 Health Programme Jul to Sep 2024

  • Jun 2024 - Mervyn's Mondays Programme Jul to Sep 2024.

  • Mar 2024 - New Book Published - North Staffordshire Through Time

  • Mar 2024 - Added Two New Talks


    Mervyn Edwards is the author of twenty two published books on North Staffordshire history and is a weekly columnist for the Sentinel's The Way We Were nostalgia magazine. He has appeared on TV's The One Show and 24 Hours in the Past, and is a familiar voice on Radio Stoke. He regularly makes local history broadcasts for Action For The Blind in Hanley. He was a local history tutor for the Workers' Educational Association for eight years and helped to develop the education department at the now-defunct Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum, where he often acted in period drama for school groups. He first played Santa Claus at the age of 25 and has done so several times since!

    Mervyn runs an annual history programme in North Staffordshire. He is the entertaining emcee of Burslem History Club and a member of the Potteries branch of the Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA). Outside of local history, Mervyn enjoys power-walking and jogging. He has completed 17 Potteries Marathons and other races, and in 2014 completed his first Mow Cop Killer Mile in thirteen minutes. He has power-walked through Scottish glens and over parts of the Yorkshire Moors and has completed several long-distance charity walks, sometimes in his beer bottle costume. In 2005, he was the pace maker for mining historian Keith Meeson on a 60-mile walk of former colliery sites, helping to raise money for Donna Louise Trust.

    He is also an accomplished artist whose work featured in a special, two-week exhibition staged by Theartbay Gallery in Fenton, in November, 2017 and at the Coachmakers' Arms pub in Hanley between March and April, 2019.

    Talks & Walks in Date Order

    - click on event for further details


    Jun 17th - Mervyn's Mondays

    Jul 1st - Green Door Walk

    Jul 15th - Mervyn's Mondays

    Jul 22nd - Mervyn's Mondays

    Aug 5th - Green Door Walk

    Aug 12th - Mervyn's Mondays

    Aug 19th - Mervyn's Mondays

    Sep 2nd - Green Door Walk

    Sep 16th - Mervyn's Mondays

    Sep 30th - Mervyn's Mondays

    Contact Information


    Telephone (UK) 07761 798 979

    Burslem History Club Talks

    From Jan 2024 meetings will be on the 2nd WED of the month

    The Old Post Office, Wedgwood St, Burslem


    Jul 10th - Chasing Paper Skeletons,: A Registrar's Light-Hearted Talk about Family History by Marion Armstrong

    Aug 14th -The Other Darwin (Erasmus) by Shaun Farrelly