Breathing Life into History
Danny Wells
Danny's talks & courses are an eclectic mix of social and cultural history.
Victorian Britain features strongly as does art history and gardens.
Geographically there is a focus on the Derbyshire Dales, Staffordshire Moorlands and the East End of London.


Forthcoming Events

Art & the East End’ 
Exploring art to tell stories of East End of London.

DATE:   Saturday 2 February 2019 (2.30-4.00pm)

VENUE: Tower Hamlets Archives & Local Studies, 277 Bankcroft Road, Stepney E1 4DQ.

TO BOOK: Tel: 0207 364 1290


An Appreciation of the Derbyshire Dales & Staffordshire Moorlands

DATE: Wednesday 20 February 2019

VENUE: Winding Wheel Theatre, Holywell Street, Chesterfield S41 7SA

TO BOOK: 01246 345222


Magic of the Northern Lights

DATE: Wednesday 27 February- Thur. 14 March 2019

VENUE: Saga Cruise (SA366)

TO BOOK: 0800 051 3355 or visit




Danny is currently seeking publication for the following books:

‘The Mother of the Salvation Army’


Lives at the heart of Empire 1888-1951

This is a story of the rich and turbulent history of Poplar and the East End of London and its relationship to Empire and Indian subcontinent in particular.

It is explored through the life of James (‘Pop’) Wells of Wells’s Junk Shop in the East India Dock Road, Poplar with the focus on the late Victorian period and the first half of the 20th century until the Festival of Britain in 1951. 

This is a story of a particular person in a peculiar place in a time of wars and the rise and fall of an Empire.

A two-part article from this book can be found in the Cockney Ancestor, the magazine of the East of London Famiily History Society (EOLFHS) ~ Summer Issue 2017 & Autumn Issue 2017.