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

Welcome to my Discover Liverpool website!

Special Announcements:

I'm Back In The Theatre Again! ...
On Sunday 4th December 2022 ~ Beginning at 2.30pm,
I am giving my very special
Christmas One Man Show
at the Gladstone Theatre in Port Sunlight.

This will be my fourth appearance here and tickets go quickly.
To find out more about this fun and fact-filled saunter down
Memory Lane, and to book your seats 
click on this link ...

or phone the Theatre Box Office on 0151 643 8757

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GREAT NEWS!  My new book, 'Beastly Merseyside',
is 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.
We have hunted animals for food, from rabbits and ducks to those
great leviathans of the sea, the whales. Indeed, Liverpool’s whaling
fleet was once one of the most important in Britain.
Without horses, mankind would never have evolved the way we have,
and we owe so much to so many different species.
Find out more here Ken's Publications 

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Two more books will be published in 2023, so watch out for info about ~
'Even More Merseyside Tales' the third volume of my collections of
amazing and curious ~ but perfectly true ~ stories from Merseyside's history.
This will be out at Easter.


'A Potted History of LIverpool', which will come out at Christmas 2023.
This is an 'everyman's' guide to the essential elements of the history of the
tiny fishing village that became one of the world's greatest ports.

No waiting though for all my other books and fact sheets,
simply click on this link Ken's Publications  to find out more.

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Post Covid 19 I am now giving LIVE talks again
to all kindsof groups, societies, and organisations.
I am now taking bookings once again ~
for either the rest of 2021 or anytime during 2022/23.

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!
Take a look at my full talks list here 
Ken's Full Talks List

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My latest 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;

Liverpool's Military Heritage;
Two Triangles: Liverpool, Slavery, and The Church;

Liverpool Murders and Misdemeanours; and, of course,
Beastly Merseyside.

What is 'Discover Liverpool'?

This is a painting of the grisly 'Liverpool Tower' that once stood at the bottom of Water Street

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, tours, and briefings.
Everything I do is designed to inform, educate, and entertain you, about the past, present, and future of the new Liverpool City Region.

This site all 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 publish a new 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, 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!

Ken (on right) and other VIP guests at The Big Hope conference run by Liverpool Hope University

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