Derek J Ripley has had a passion for history that dates back longer than he can remember.
His job as a local government librarian has seen him working in Southport, Ormskirk, Liverpool, Warrington, Knutsford, Altrincham, Stockport and Wilmslow. He now lives in Birkenhead and commutes daily to his job in Morecambe, which sadly leaves him little time to pursue his favourite pastimes. Derek has published widely on local history matters, earning him the soubriquet ‘Mister History’ in his local pub where he is vice-captain of the quiz team. When he is not reading about or writing
local history, Derek likes to unwind with a game of bowls and in 2002
came third in the North West Lancashire Crown Green Bowls
Championships. He is married to Nataya whom he met at a local history
convention in Bangkok in 2008 and is a keen follower of Leeds United. His second book, The Lost Films of 20th Century Spatchcock, tells the story of the hitherto-forgotten Lancashire film studio, and in 2013 he was appointed as official historian to the Tripe Marketing Board. He contributed research to the TMB's 2014 and 2015 Diaries and is currently working on A Brief History of Tripe, due for publication in 2015. He writes a regular column in Lancashire Life magazine which has drawn plaudits from across the county and beyond.
Due for publication 2015
Read Dr Ripley's monthly column in Lancashire Life