David Thomas

16 July 2014


The National Archives is again hosting a series of monthly talks to broaden awareness of historical records and their uses for writers.

Each month, a high-profile author will talk about using original records in their writing. David Thomas will be talking about his book Beggars, Cheats and Forgers, and he will tell the stories of some of the greatest confidence tricksters of the past two hundred years. This will include John Sadleir the Irish banker and railway proprietor, Dickens' villains and Charles Ponzi, after whom the famous scheme was named and whose career went from rags to riches and back to rags.

Tickets cost £5 (£4 for Friends of The National Archives). Buy your ticket now.

About the author

David Thomas is Director of Technology at The National Archives and has also advised the Wellcome Library and the Globe Theatre archives. When not doing his day job, he uses the records to explore a range of historical topics. His earliest research interest was the life of William Shakespeare, but he has recently focused on debtors, rogues and beggars.

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