Mike Ingram is a historian, author, lecturer and tour guide
Mike is an historian, author, lecturer, tour guide and Freeman of the ancient borough of Northampton passionate about the medieval period, the Wars of the Roses and the history of his own county - Northamptonshire with many years experience, an MA in history from the University of Birmingham and qualified to teach history in adult education. When he is not out lecturing or leading tours, he can be found knee-deep in the latest research material available, making sure that you will never miss out on the latest finds and discoveries and often making new discoveries of his own too!
"Mike Ingram is a very very clever man. What he knows about this county is just astonishing...He is very rarely stumped for an answer."
John Griff on BBC Radio Northampton 27/09/20
He writes for a variety of magazines such as Medieval Warfare and the NeneQuirer. You can read Mikes articles here nenequirer.com/. In addition, he can be heard talking about historical subjects on local radio.
His latest book is "Northampton: 5,000 years of history," previous to that he wrote another local history book, "Northampton Guildhall: A Beginner's Guide" He also wrote "The Battles and Battlefields of Northamptonshire" with Graham Evans which was published on 1 May 2020.
Another recent book is "Richard III and the Battle of Bosworth" published in July 2019. Philippa Langley of the Richard III Society who was instrumental in finding Richard's remains had this to say about it:-
"The French Connection that has been brought to light by the research of battlefield expert Mike Ingram in his new book: Richard III and the Battle of Bosworth is hugely significant not only for our understanding of Bosworth but also for the wider political situation at the time, and its many ramifications. This is an important step forward in our understanding of this key period within the Cousin’s War and in helping to challenge the mythology of the later Tudor narrative. For all those interested in Richard III and Bosworth it is highly recommended."
Best selling author of Richard III, Loyalty Binds Me, Matthew Lewis wrote "Well worth investing in for Mike’s fantastic research. The most up to date account of the Battle of Bosworth."
The Henry Tudor Society wrote "This is a VERY good book. As comprehensive on the Battle of Bosworth as it can get. Do go grab your copy."
Earlier books include “The Battle of Northampton 1460” (published in December 2015) and “Battle Story: Bosworth 1485” published by History Press in July 2012.
He is the current chair of the Northampton Battlefields Society, which has successfully blocked numerous attempts to build on the Northampton 1460 battlefield and significantly raised its profile. Mike also led the campaign to repair and protect Northampton's Queen Eleanor Cross. In addition he is Chair, the lead historian and guide for Naseby 1645 (formerly known as the Naseby Battlefield Project.) Mike also sits on the Northamptonshire Heritage Committee.
In 2014 he was awarded a community star award for his work protecting the 1460 battlefield and in 2016 was awarded the Battlefields Trust Presidents Award for outstanding battlefield protection and interpretation.
As well as the medieval period, Mike spent many years studying World War Two, in particular the campaigns of 1940, the Italian Campaigns and opposed river crossings. He has led the Army on tours and Staff Rides for France 1940, Normandy '44 and Civil War battlefields in England.
Mikes previous experience was as a defence journalist and photographer, writing for many defence and related magazines, some of the photographs can be seen below.