“An understanding of our past enlightens our present and informs our future” – Ken Pye

Welcome to my Discover Liverpool website!

Special Announcements:

GREAT NEWS!  My latest books,
'Beastly Merseyside' and 'Even More Merseyside Tales'
are now available in the shops and directly from me.
Animals have featured in the lives and cultures of the people
of Merseyside since the dawn of time, and in so many ways.
Beastly Merseyside describes this, and tells wonderful

stories about these animals, and of the often vital roles that
they have played in our history.
Also, my first two volumes of strange, fascinating, and
entertaining stories from the history of Liverpool and
Merseyside are so popular that I have written a 3rd Volume;
Even More Merseyside Tales, containing a further fifty-five
such: Often bizarre they are all historically accurate.
Find out more here
 Ken's Publications 

Ken's latest published books
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My much-anticipated next book,
'Liverpool: A Potted History', is not due out until the
Autumn of 2024, so I am afraid that you will have to be patient!!
This is an 'everyman's guide' to the essential elements of
the history of the tiny fishing village that grew to become one
of the world's greatest ports.

I will update you on its actual publication date in due course.

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I am now taking bookings for my fully illustrated and
animated talks to to all kinds of groups, societies, and
organisations for 2024/25 ~ although I do have a few spaces
left for the remainder of this year.

Simply call me on 0151 427 2717,
and we can chat through the details,
so that I can 
continue to inform, educate,
and entertain you, your friends, and your colleagues!
HERE for full details of all my talks.

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What is 'Discover Liverpool'?

The grisly Tower of Liverpool that once stood at the bottom of Water Street:                  Modern Tower Building now stands on this site.

There is a saying; ‘All Roads Lead To Rome’, well, all roads led to Liverpool, and from the Town all roads led to the rest of the Globe ~ across ‘the seven seas’, as well as by canal, road, rail, and air:

For over 250 years, Liverpool was the most important city in the British Empire outside London, and one of the greatest ports in the world. Indeed, Liverpool and Merseyside have been, and remain, a principal economic powerhouse of Britain.
We have seen great success and achievement here, but we have also seen tragedy, disaster, and failure. Today though, we are enthusiastically re-shaping our 21st Century destiny and reclaiming our rightful heritage as a ‘World-Class City and Region’. 

I am a passionate, born-and-bred Scouser, and take great pride in my City, its people, and its heritage ~ and I want to help you experience and celebrate this too: Whether or not you are a native Merseysider this site tells you how I can do this.
Learn how to book me to speak to your group or organisation; MC your special events and ceremonies; lecture on your courses and training programmes; or design and deliver expert and professional courses and briefings.
Everything I do is designed to inform, educate, and entertain you, about the past, present, and future of the Liverpool City Region.

This site also tells you about my Books and Fact-Sheets, and other publications, and explains how to obtain them.

Each month in The Local History Section, I will regularly publish a changing range of article about an aspect of Liverpool and Merseyside’s history and heritage. I will also tell you tales of our characters, eccentrics, and curiosities; and about the things that made Liverpool and our region great, and that are making us great once again. You can suggest topics that you would like me to write about for you. Also visit my Listening page, where you can here me tell these stories to you directly.
Also, keep checking in to take a look at my Special Announcements Section, for news about my public talks, special events, general local history news, and new product information.

As my Discover Liverpool web-site helps you to get to know me, I hope you will also allow me to help you to get to know Liverpool and Merseyside - even more than you may do already!

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All of my books are on sale in all good bookshops, or directly from me.
Simply click here 
Ken's Publications to find more about these, especially ...

The A to Z of Little-Known Liverpool;
Liverpool At Work;
A Brighter Hope ~ Story of Liverpool Hope University;

Liverpool's Military Heritage;
Liverpool: The Rise, Fall and Reanaissance;

Bloody British History;
Liverpool Pubs;
Two Triangles: Liverpool, Slavery, and The Church;
Merseyside Tales; More Merseyside Tales; and
Even More Merseyside Tales;

Liverpool Murders and Misdemeanours;
Beastly Merseyside.

Illustrated Factsheets on Liverpool (16 Topics) &
Illustrated Factsheets on Christmas Traditions (8 Topics)

Ken being awarded his Fellowship from Liverpool Hope University

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