Stephen Butt

Stephen Butt


This blog is about my interests in history and photography. I have always enjoyed discovering something new about the past, and there is always much to discover.

I am always pleased to chat about the subjects covered in my books and to hear about new historical research projects which I may be able to help you with.

I can also present illustrated talks to local history and heritage societies on a variety of subjects, some quite obscure, and I have my own audio-visual equipment.

If you would like to chat about a book, project, visit or idea, in the first instance, please contact me by email here.

Hidden Leicester

EventsPosted by Stephen Thu, March 01, 2018 08:06:36
I am looking forward to presenting a talk titled HIDDEN LEICESTER at Kibworth Community Library on THURSDAY 8th MARCH 2018 from 2.00m to 4.00pm.

The subject is a mix of material from several of my books, and in many ways represents my personal fascination for local history. I worked in Leicester for many years, and spent many lunch breaks wandering round the back streets exploring abandoned buildings and hidden alleys, as well as listening to the stories and memories of the people in the area.

There are amazing stories to be told about many of Leicester's buildings, of the men and women who occupied them, and of what may lie just beneath the surface.

All proceeds from my talk will go to the library which is now independently managed and operated. Admission will be £5.00 including refresments. Tickets are on sale at the library which is open at the following times:

Monday: 2 – 6pm
Wednesday: 2-5pm
Friday: 9-5pm (Closed 1-2pm)
Saturday: 10-1pm

My talk will be illustrated by a collection of photographs taken and collected over many years, some of which will definitely surprise you! I look forward to meeting you on the day!

Talks coming up!

EventsPosted by Stephen Thu, September 21, 2017 17:32:03
I haven't planned it this way, but I seem to have a busy few days coming up. On Monday 25th September I will be giving a third 'Kibworth in Old Images' talk at Kibworth Community Library, and bringing along some of the standard Leiestershire texts and a couple of special books from my own library. There'll also be a glass or two of wine for everyone which will no doubt help my talk go down well!

Then on Tuesday 3rd October I am visiting the Broughton Astley Heritage Society, talking about the 'History of Leicester in 100 People'. That's followed by a lunchtime event in the Victoria Park Pavilion with Age UK, when the subject will be 'Leicester Behind the Facade', the sarting point being the Pavilion, from where I will take my auience down the turnpike and into the town.

Kibworth in old images

EventsPosted by Stephen Mon, July 03, 2017 16:22:16
I am looking forward to Thursday 17th August when I will be presenting an afternoon of nostalgia titled 'Kibworth in old images'. This is a fundraiser for the library (and not a means of selling my books!!)

Do please pass the word around. Our library is very successful with lots of new users and plenty of books being issued, but we still have to pay the bills!

I thoroughly expect - and hope - that I shall learn much more about Kibworth from those who attend. Tea and cakes are available!

Thomas the Tank Engine

EventsPosted by Stephen Sat, February 11, 2017 16:10:50
On Friday 17th February I am honoured to be chairing an evening to celebrate the work of John Theodore Eardley Kenney, a fine artist of the latter half of the twentieth century who lived and worked in Kibworth.

John worked across many genres, from magnificently-detailed paintings of the hunting scenes of south Leicestershire to avdertisements for Wicksteed Park in Northamptonshire, the illustrations for 31 Ladybird books and six Thomas the Tank Engine stories.

I shall be joined by John's friends and former colleagues at the Kibworth design Studio of J.E.Slater.

Please contact Kibworth Community Library or the Kibworth Bookshop if you would like to join us.

Broughton Astley

EventsPosted by Stephen Fri, February 03, 2017 07:15:33
I have two new talks booked in my diary. The Broughton Astley Heritage Society has invited me to talk about 'Leicester in 100 People' in October, and the Claybrooke Magna History Society about John Nichols - in January 2018!

John Theodore Kenney

EventsPosted by Stephen Tue, January 31, 2017 09:41:29
I am enjoying researching the life and work of artist John Theodore Kenney for a special evening event at Kibworth Community Library on Friday 17th February 2017. I am looking forward to meeting people from Kibworth who knew and worked with Kenney, and looking at examples of his remarkably broad repertoire.

Kenney was born in Leicester and studied at the Leicester School of Art. He worked for Slaters, the design studio based in Kibworth. He is best known for his images of Thomas the Tank Engine for the Revd W. Awdry, and for his paintings of horses, dogs and other animals. He also illustrated more than thirty Ladybird Books.

Arguably his most outstanding work is a series of sketches and paintings made whilst serving in Europe following the D-Day Normandy beach landings.