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.

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.