I am experienced in giving talks and lectures about history and music to groups of academics, students and the general public. I also have experience of radio, having been interviewed by BBC Radio Lancashire and Preston FM as well as taking part in a BBC Radio Manchester documentary about the history of Bolton.  I was Music Consultant to the BBC’s Great History Quiz: The Tudors, which was broadcast on BBC 2 on Christmas Eve 2015.  I chair A-level study days and lecture in history for Sovereign Education.

Jenni Lancaster As well as writing my successful PhD thesis and book, I have published several articles, one for a peer-reviewed journal and two for a popular history magazine. One of these is a co-authored local history article about Bolton, while the other is an examination of the impact of the Spanish conquest on the Aztecs, based on my undergraduate dissertation. I also manage the website of the Bolton Branch of the Historical Association.

In addition to talking and writing about history, I am an accomplished soprano soloist, who has worked with choirs across the north west of England. I have also sung at weddings, performing both classical pieces and lighter numbers with guitar accompaniment. Although I love classical singing, I was brought up on a diet of folk music, so I have often performed on the north west folk scene, both as a solo singer and with my former band, Triptych.

‘Out and About in Bolton: Industrial Revelation’.
The Historian, (109), pp. 28-31, (2011) (co-authored with David Clayton).

“Despite its old name of Bolton-le-Moors, the history of Bolton is tied up with the Industrial Revolution. Its population grew from 17,000 inhabitants in 1801 to nearly 181,000 in 1911. It is well known that the damp climate of England’s north west was perfectly suited to the textile industry, and the area’s ties with the great and even the good of industry could not be tighter. A walk around the centre of Bolton whether on foot or by the wonders of virtual technology in the form of Google Streetview reveals much about the town’s aspirations in the 1870s, with its twin landmarks of the parish church and the town hall.

Bolton’s medieval church was demolished in 1866. The Parish Church of St Peter was consecrated in 1871, having been built on the same site in a Victorian Gothic style (refined Early English with some good decorated window tracery). The…” For more, see http://www.history.org.uk/resources/general_resource_4608_74.html


‘Culture Shock: The Arrival of the Conquistadores in Aztec Mexico’.
The Historian, (104), pp. 6-12 (2009).

“When the Spanish Conquistadores arrived in Mexico during the early sixteenth century there were many repercussions for the indigenous people. Their conversion to Christianity and the sacking of their temples are two of the most well known examples. However, it is often forgotten that the Aztecs had only a pictorial writing system and relied on speech, song and poetry to pass on their history, ideas and customs. The alphabet that the Conquistadores brought with them was far more flexible in terms of what it could record, and yet was limited in the sense that it froze an oral tradition at a particular moment in time.

The oral tradition of the Aztecs bound them together, through society’s collective responsibility to ensure the continued transmission of their culture from one generation to the next. The ancient Aztec books, maps and scrolls were known as codices and were made up of pictorial records, or glyphs, painted onto deerskin or native paper…” For more, see http://www.history.org.uk/resources/resource_3352.html

Public Speaking:

17 March 2018: ‘Singing the News in Tudor England’, AKS Library Lectures, Lytham St Annes.

31 October 2017: Performance of Reformation ballads at the John Rylands Library, Manchester.

30 October 2017: ‘Singing the News in Tudor England’, Ewecross Historical Society.

12 May 2017: ‘Singing the News in Tudor England’, Historical Association Conference.

November 2016: ‘Truth, Text and Tonality in Mid-Tudor Ballads’, Bolton Historical Association.

2014-17: Lectures on New Monarchy, Charles I, Mary Queen of Scots, Oliver Cromwell, Wolsey and Cromwell, and Henry VIII’s Great Matter for Sovereign Education.

8 April 2013: “‘No Lion Wilde, A Lion Tame”: Popular Depictions of Mary I’, Bolton Historical Association.

19 January 2013: “‘No Lion Wilde, A Lion Tame”: Popular Depictions of Mary I’, Manchester Historical Association.

15 November 2012: “‘No Lion Wilde, A Lion Tame”: Popular Depictions of Mary I’, Loreto College History Society, Manchester.


Twitter: @wallyberry

Soundcloud: Jenni Hyde

Myspace: https://myspace.com/jennihyde

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/awallyberry

November 2016: Video Introduction to ‘Verse Epitaphs and the Memorialisation of Women in Reformation England’, YouTube.

June 2014: Video interview on my research for the University of Manchester history department YouTube channel.

June 2014: Video interview of Dr Ben Wilcock about his PhD research for the University of Manchester history department YouTube channel.


2015: Music Consultant to BBC2’s ‘Great History Quiz: The Tudors’.

5 September 2013: Radio interview on Preston FM about the work of the Historical Association.

March 2011: Contributor to ‘John Stapleton’s History of Greater Manchester’ Bolton Episode), BBC Radio Manchester.

9 June 2001: Live interview and performance on BBC Radio Lancashire outside broadcast from Clitheroe Folk Festival as part of folk band, Triptych.

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