Episode 4 – The Richard Roberts Archive: Stockport’s Best Kept Secret

This week we welcomed Richard Roberts, from the Richard Roberts archive. The archive holds 100,000s of pieces of advertising artwork, going back to the 1800s. It has a particular focus on automobiles and land transport. Here is to it not being one of Stockport’s best kept secrets for much longer!

Listen on Spotify here.

Check out the archive’s twitter and their new website.

For more on automotive history, have a look at the Society of Automotive Historians in Britain here.

Music from Uppbeat (free for Creators!):

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Episode 3 – ‘Histories, Stories, Voices’ in Manchester’s Public Spaces with Karen Shannon and Councillor Luthfur Rahman

In episode 3 of the podcast we had a great conversation with Karen Shannon, Chief Executive of Manchester Histories and Councillor Luthfur Rahman from Manchester City Council. We discussed history in Manchester’s public spaces.

Manchester Histories and Manchester City Council have started a consultation into Manchester’s artworks, ‘Histories, Stories and Voices’. Take part in the consultation here.

You can also sign up to public discussions on the ways the city’s stories are told through monuments, statues, memorials & place names in Manchester’s public spaces here. 10 March 2021, 2pm and 7pm.

Listen on Spotify here.

Episode 2 – Recovering 10cc’s lost Strawberry Studios record, how to bake a tape with Peter Wadsworth

This week, we had a fascinating discussion with Peter Wadsworth. Peter is Stockport born and bred, has a PhD on the history of Strawberry Studios, and curated the Strawberry exhibition at Stockport Museum.

We discussed the fascinating history of Strawberry Studios with Peter, as well as the journey of restoring the lost 10cc tapes!

Listen on Spotify here.

Watch ‘The Great Stockport Bake-off – unearthing buried musical treasure – 10cc‘ – Four music geeks. Three lost studio tapes by 1970s pop legends 10cc. One oven. What could possibly go wrong?

Strawberry Studios, 1984

Episode 1 – 19th Century Motoring with Dr Craig Horner

From Wind in the Willows, Mr Toad, women and 19th Century motoring, driving from John o’ Groats to Lands End, and land speed records, listen to this stimulating conversation with Dr Horner about his nineteenth century motoring project.

Listen on Spotify here.

Check out the 19th Century Motoring Project website here.


Frank Wellington is driving an 1896 Peugeot, taking his three passengers (Eleanor Bailey, Charles Jacobs Page and Ernest Page) from Tolleshunt D’arcy in Essex, to London. The given date is 30 March 1897. Thanks to David Newman for permission to reproduce the photograph.