Interesting Times, Interesting People

Mike Higginbottom
Tuesday, 13 April 2021 - 7:15pm


Please note: this event features two parts:

  • There will be a pre-recorded interview available to view from 6.00pm. The link will be sent to all event registrants at that time.
  • This will be followed by a live, online Q&A with Mike Higginbottom at 7:15pm.


From Cemeteries and sewers, to theatres; St Pancras Station in London, to the “windy city”. Mike Higginbottom’s lecture programme offers a diverse, informative and entertaining look at social and architectural history. His lectures are packed with entertaining facts and stories, and his dry sense of humour makes his talks appealing to all audiences.

Mike’s history work focuses on country houses, towns and cities, and transport. He specialises in particular aspects of Victorian and twentieth-century history. Themes include: ‘Fun Palaces: the history and architecture of the entertainment industry’; and ‘Cemeteries and Sewerage: the Victorian pursuit of cleanliness’. His experience of running tours has provided a rich collection of encounters with people and places. And his stories illustrate the many ways in which visiting places can be both educational and enjoyable.

In conversation with Council member Joanna Lavelle, Mike explains what drew him to the different topics; and chats about some of the more memorable experiences he has encountered.


About the speaker

Mike Higginbottom has lectured in social and architectural history for university departments of continuing education and for the Workers’ Educational Association since the early 1970s.  He lectures for the Arts Society and runs tour-programmes with an architectural history theme in conjunction with Norman Allen Group Travel Ltd. He has conducted leisure-learning residential programmes on all manner of subjects: country houses, theatres, the seaside, waterways and railways, cemeteries and sewerage.  He has also enlightened tour-goers on the histories of cities including Bath, Birmingham, Chester, Chicago, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, York and New York.

He maintains a blog about historic buildings, places and towns on his website.



**Please note that booking closes at 17:30 on the day of the event, and we are not able to process registration requests after that time.  If you believe you have sent a registration request but have not received a confirmation email with joining instructions, then please contact the office as soon as possible.  Enquiries regarding bookings sent to the office after 17:30 on the day of the event may not be answered.**


Photographic portrait of Mike Higginbottom by Ismar Badzic.

Event image: St Pancras International Station clock by Noel Broda on Unsplash.