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My name is Andrew Everett MA. I am a retired Senior Lecturer from Northumbria University, Newcastle, I have developed a number of illustrated presentations which may be of interest to your members.

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North Eastern Railway History

Visionary Pragmatist – Sir Vincent Raven: Locomotive Engineer (1858-1934)

The last Chief Mechanical Engineer or the North Eastern Railway. This is a social and biographical review not a technological treatise.

A Gentleman Engineer – Alexander McDonnell (1829-1904)

A social history of an Irish aristocratic family, his career as a railway engineer and manager in Dublin, Gateshead and elsewhere.

Northumbrian Engineer – Edward Fletcher (1807-1889)

A social history of Raven’s mentor and Robert Stephenson’s pupil. First Locomotive Superintendent of North Eastern Railway. 

The Bringer of Electricity – Charles Hesterman Merz (1874-1940)

A social, not a technical biography of a consultant electrician, born in Gateshead, who pioneered rail electrification, power stations and introduced the concept of a nation grid at first locally, both locally and globally.

The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of Bishop Auckland Station

A history of Bishop Auckland from early ages until the industrial era, the reason for the development (from 1842) of its station, its decline (1970s and 1980’s) and what is being about it today and in the future.

Educating Men on the Railway

An exploration of worker’s education movement and what the North Eastern Railway did about it.

The Worsdells – Innovators in Providing Transport

A social history of a family which spans more than 100 years from coach makers Thomas and Nathaniel via George, Thomas William and Wilson to advancing steam land electric rail locomotives, especially for the North Eastern Railway.


Canny Mr Dobson – John Dobson (1787-1864)

Social and historical biography of Newcastle architect, responsible for many private houses and public buildings in Northumberland and Newcastle and elsewhere.

Uncle Iggy – Ignatius Bonomi (1787-1870)

A social and historical biography of Durham County architect and surveyor, responsible for many bridges private houses and public buildings in Durham, North.

An Early Railway Station Architect – Sancton Wood (1814-1886)

He designed buildings of quality for Irish and east Anglian railways.


Josephine’s Composer – Gaspare Pacifico Luigi Spontini (1774-1851)

This presentation includes music and the texts used. It is a social and historical biography of an Italian, composer who studied at Naples Conservatorio, made a name for himself in Italy, went to Napoleonic France and became Empress Josephine’s personal composer. After the Restoration of Bourbons, he left for the Prussian Court after being head-hunted by Prussian King Frederick William III. He was an important influence on Berlioz and Weber and Wagner. I publish the first full length English biography of him in May 2013.

A European Composer – Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791-1864)

This presentation includes music. It is a social and historical biography of a Jew from a wealthy Berlin family. A prodigy at the piano and at composing, he left Berlin to study in Darmstadt and Italy. Like Spontini, he went to Paris in 1826. His influence lasted throughout the Victorian period and beyond in all forms of European opera and ballet.

Music Appreciation

Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots) opera by Gaetano Maria Francesco Donizetti (1797-1851)

This presentation includes excerpts from the Janet Baker recording in English The structure and content of the work is analysed and illustrated by excerpts.

Robert le Diable (Robert the Devil) opera by Giacomo Meyerbeeer (1791-1864)

This presentation is from recent Covent Garden production, explaining the reasons for and the structure of the opera. The work is analysed and illustrated by excerpts.


An analysis of Jerome Kern’s masterpiece from musical, theatrical and social angles, with texts, put in a sing-a-long framework by presenter using CD’s.

Dear Miss Phoebe

The transformation of J M Barrie’s play ‘Quality Street’ into a successful musical by Harold Purcell for Harry Parr Davies in 1950. An illustrated talk both visually and musically, using CD’s.

Other Topics

Rails over the Monara

This presentation traces the development of the 186-mile branch list in New South Wales from pioneering days, through colonial development to plans of the present day.
(Accepted for publishing in future Journal of Australian Railway History Society)

Indian Pacific

An account of travelling for 3 days on the luxury train from Sydney on the East Coast of Australia via Adelaide to Perth on the west – looking at the geography, the industry and modes of transport and must else.

Social Skills

How not to Make a Crisis out of a Drama

This looks at personal difficulties especially bereavement and the resources available to an individual to help resolve them.

How Do I Come Over

What features concerning others do we recognise on the phone an face to face.

In addition by mutual agreement, I am willing to produce a variety of talks or other programmes for a Group’s requirements.