Bringing the past to life

No harm's done to history by making it something someone would want to read

Alan Roberts is the author of a number of books on the local history of Buxton and the surrounding area . While working as a research scientist at Harpur Hill, Alan became interested in landscape history and roamed the hills surrounding Buxton in his spare time, looking for clues to past events. He has written books on this theme, covering coal mines, quarries, turnpike roads and water mills - all key elements in the development of the town of Buxton. . David Roberts graduated in History from the University of Lancaster before becoming sidetracked into a career in International Taxation and moving to Italy. David's research interests include miltary history  ( especially the 60th Regiment of Foot)  , the history of Milan, Ernest Hemingway and Italian football history. While out on one of his rambles, Alan unearthed the story of two long forgotten Prisoner of War Camps , near Buxton and started to research the history. David came on board to add some more general historical background and generally help out on proceedings, Alan and David established Roberts Publications to publish "Breaking Stones - Two World War One Prisoner of War Camps  near Buxton, Derbyshire, 1917-1919" and also to reissue some of Alan's previously out of print publications. David is working on  two new books  bringing on First World War connections between Buxton and Northern Italy and the influence of Hungarian footballers in Itaky between the wars. While Alan and David established Roberts Publications to publish and (hopefully) sell their own works, they are more than happy to consider works by any other history buffs with similarly obscure interests.

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David Robert reviews Julian Cohen's " Surely not in Buxton !"

David Roberts reviews Julian Cohen's new book " surely not in Buxton!"

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A Furlogh in Rome ( part one)

David Roberts follows the path of a wartime tour made by Buxton College pupil Heinz Thannhauser in June 1944.

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The Murders on Lake Maggiore- Part 2 Baveno

David Roberts visits Baveno on Lake Maggiore and considers British railway barons, Queen Victoria, Field Marshal Sir Jan Smuts and a wartime tragedy at Baveno on Lake Maggiore.

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Escape, Refuge and Utopia in Ascona, Switzerland by David Roberts

A short literary tour around Ascona and Brissago on the trail of Hemingway, H G Wells, Daphne Du Maurier and some counter culture.

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Back on the Northern Front " Devils, angels and heroes on the Swiss  border- by David Roberts

David Roberts heads back to the Italian Northern Front to checkout some heroes, angels and villains on The italian-Swiss border

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Last days of the War in Como

Coming up to Italian Liberation Day on 25 April. David Roberts looks at the dramatic happenings around the city of Como in the final days of World War 2.

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Missing from the War Memorial  by David Roberts

David Roberts looks at a Buxton College Casualty missing from the College War memorial

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Book Review: " Some Corner of a Foreign Field" by Janet Kinrade Dethick.

David Roberts reviews Some Corner of a Foreign Field by Janet Kinrade Dethick

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A walk around the Stolpersteine of Milan by David Roberts

David Roberts takes a walk round some undiscovered parts of Milan on the track of Stolpersteine

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  •  16/01/2020 07:30 PM
  •   Poole's Cavern Visitors Centre, Buxton
  •  19/09/2019 02:30 PM
  •   Devonshire Dome, Buxton, UK

Alan Roberts will be talking about the book "Breaking Stone" and the two prison camps near Buxton at this Heritage Open Days Event.