Mervyn Edwards 2018 History Programme & Other Talks



Local historian Mervyn Edwards' Green Door History 4 Health programme (see separate page) has proved so popular that additional illustrated talks have now been organised independently of his Green Door arrangements.

Each of the presentations will be held in the Victoria Lounge (the former Reardon's) in Adventure Place, Hanley.

Admission to each event will be £2, payable on the day.

All the one-hour presentations are on Mondays, beginning at 11 am promptly. Everyone is welcome.

  • Mon February 19th: Talk: A Portrait of Arthur Berry

    Arthur Berry, born in Smallthorne, was an artist, playwright, poet, writer, pub raconteur - a man of many parts.
    People tend to either like Arthur's work or they don't, but you CAN'T ignore it. His art has never gone out of fashion, and has been exhibited at venues such as the Potteries Museum, Ford Green Hall and the New Vic.
    Hear Mervyn's perspective on this intriguing Potteries figure.
  • Mon March 26th: Talk: Secret Newcastle-under-Lyme

    There is the history contained within the Manor Court Rolls, the parish registers and the Newcastle Borough Council Minute Books, and on the other hand there are nuggets of history that are just too plain daft, odd, or eyebrow-raising to have been included in published works.
    Like stray dogs, they've been rounded up and given a good home in Mervyn's 2017 book and in this lecture.
  • Mon April 9th: Talk: Mervyn's Pub Travels: An Ale Odyssey

    As everyone knows, Mervyn is a pub-ticker whose travels have taken him all around North Staffordshire and across the country on a lurching pub crawl that has yielded multifarious odd facts, photographs and stories.
    He presents some of them here in what is often a sideways glance at the pub scene locally and nationally.
  • Mon May 28th: Talk: A History of Bethseda Methodist Chapel, Hanley

    The magnificent Bethesda Chapel has at various times been a place of worship for Hanley's elite and lauded as the Cathedral of Methodism in the Potteries before becoming a television star.
    Yet the restored building may possibly have been turned into a disco and restaurant or a national football museum.
    Join Mervyn for a talk on the multi-faceted history of this cultural landmark.
  • Mon June 25th: Talk: North Staffs Coal Miner
  • Mon July 23rd: Talk: The Doctor Will See You Now
  • Mon Sept 10th: Talk: Flushed With Success - The Story of North Staffordshire Toilets
  • Mon Oct 15th: Talk: The Lost Pubs of Hanley (Part 2)
  • Mon Dec 17th: Talk: Songs & Stories of the Potteries

  • Please note that the spacious function room in which we shall be holding the talks is accessed by a few steps.
    The excellent and comfortable lounge is well-known to Mervyn's regular audience, selling first-class food and drink.


    These are presentations in conjunction with Burslem Welcomes, and each lasts 1 hour.
    As with my Green Door & Mervyn's Mondays presentations, all begin at 11.00 a.m.
    Admission: now £2.50. You can pay on the day or pay in advance by contacting the Barewall Art Gallery.

  • Fri February 9th: Walk: PUBLIC HOUSES IN BURSLEM

    Meet at the North Market Place car park/ Market Place Café (near to Barewall) at 10.45 a.m., for 11.00 a.m. start.
  • Fri April 6th: Walk: GEORGIAN BURSLEM

    Meet at the North Market Place car park/ Market Place Café (near to Barewall) at 10.45 a.m., for 11.00 a.m. start.
  • Fri August 10th: Talk: THE ART OF BURSLEM

    At the School of Art, Queen Street.

    At the School of Art, Queen Street.
  • Fri October 12th: Walk: WEDGWOOD'S BURSLEM

    Starts from top of Woodbank Street Car Park, Woodbank Street, Burslem.
  • Fri November 9th: Talk: BURSLEM IN THE GREAT WAR

    At the School of Art, Queen Street.

  • Admission to each presentation is now £2.50. Booking can be made in advance at the Barewall Art Gallery, Market Place, Burslem, or you can pay on the day at the same venue, which will issue you with a ticket. All welcome.