Mike Royden has been a teacher and lecturer for over 25 years. He has taught History, Politics and Information Technology since 1992 in the Wirral. He also lectures in Local History on Adult Education courses run by the University of Liverpool Centre for Continuing Education. He has researched and written about various aspects of local history for over 35 years. His publications include, Tracing Your Liverpool Ancestors, Pioneers and Perseverance: A History of the Royal School for the Blind, Liverpool 1791-1991,A History of Liverpool Maternity Hospital and the Women’s Hospital. He has a popular local history website and is often approached to appear on genealogy programmes such as BBC’s Heir Hunters and Who Do You Think You Are?