Online Presentations

The WakeHereward Project has been organising regular online presentations centred on the historical and folkloric figure of  Hereward the Wake, delivered by David Maile and Maria Peltzer. We welcome your attendance as we impart our research and knowledge to further the cause to have Hereward recognised as an important cultural heritage icon of the Fenlands of Eastern England.

These events are not filmed as they would be counter-productive to audience figures and the ongoing research of the project. Neither do we give permission for these events to be filmed by any third-party whatsoever, for the previously stated reasons and because the attendees have not consented. There are, however, plans being laid for filming in the near future.

To attend these events you will need to be or become a member of the Hereward the Wake Facebook group at where a link will be posted 10 minutes before commencement of the presentation.

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The WakeHereward Project has had a tremendous response to the online presentations each of which are 20 minutes long plus Q&A and the preamble at the beginning while people assemble. We thank you for your attendance, support and interest and endeavour to bring these presentations to those interested on a regular basis. Take care and stay safe. #WakeHereward

'Hereward's Last Stand'

William 'the Conqueror' may well have won the Battle of Hastings on 14th October 1066 and been crowned the King of England on Christmas Day of the same year, but it was not until he defeated the forces of an outlaw known as Hereward the Wake in the Fenlands at Ely on the 27th October 1071 that he could claim to have control over all of England.

Join 'Hereward's Champion', historian David AC Maile, for this special online presentation of 'Hereward's Last Stand' 949 years after the event, where he will take you on a journey 'On the Conqueror's trail' from Cambridge to Ely, citing historical records written by 12th century monks.

To access the link to the online presentation you must be or become a member of the Hereward Facebook Group at, click the link at the top of this page to go to the group. The presentation begins at 7:30pm on 27th October, the link will be posted on the group page 10 minutes before the start.

 Cultural Heritage Hereward 

Michaelmas Online Presentation

Tuesday 29th September 7:30pm UK

Professor Maria Peltzer delivers the latest in a series of online presentations about folk hero Hereward the Wake and his relationship with his native Fenlands.

In this latest installment Maria talks further on Hereward's value as a cultural heritage icon and his qualification as a folklore figure.

'Identarian, Representative, Functional, satisfying a cultural need, the legend arises through an oral story from historical fact.' (Maria Peltzer).

To attend this online event you must be or become a member of the Hereward the Wake Facebook Group at

Click on the button above to go to the group.

There will be a link posted on the group page 10 minutes before the presentation begins.


Another successful online event for the WakeHereward Project after rescheduling from the original date of 15th September. Thankyou all who attended and the thorough questions during the Q&A section. 36 people in attendance is our highest number of online attendeed so far, we hope more of you will come along to the Michaelmas event on 29th September featuring Professor Maria Peltzer and her presentation 'Cultural Heritage Hereward'. You must be or become a member of the Hereward the Wake Facebook Group to obtain the link on the day.

Heritage Open Days

Online Presentation on Google Meet

'Hereward Returns'

Sunday 1th September 7.30pm UK time

                          Presented By

David Maile & Maria Peltzer

You must be or become a member of the Hereward Facebook Group at:

Hereward's return from exile and his slaughter of the Normans at Bourne some time after the Battle of Hastings forms one of the most dramatic events in his legend. In the early 12th Century a Benedictine monk, universally recognised as Richard of Ely, wrote an account of a soldier he called Hereward 'the Outlaw'. Although having difficulty finding information about 'a famous knight among the more famous' he claimed that Hereward was the son of a nobleman he called 'Leofric of Bourne'. The Great Survey of 1086 more commonly known as the Domesday Book, ordered by King William 'the Conqueror' to record land, property and possessions for taxation purposes, bears no record of a Leofric of Bourne, instead it records that Earl Morcar held the Manor of Bourne at the time of the death of King Edward 'the Confessor' in 1066, while recording Hereward as a tenant of Peterborough Abbey and Crowland Abbey in a number of villages in south Lincolnshire. It raises the question of the validity of Hereward as a son of Bourne and his status as a nobleman and knight. 

In this presentation  Hereward Historian David Maile presents the evidence for and against this assertion and draws conclusions on Hereward's validity as a son of Bourne while Maria Peltzer evaluates Hereward's worth to cultural tourism in the town of Bourne and around south Lincolnshire.

Duration: 30 minutes. plus Q+A

You must be a member of the Hereward the Wake Facebook Group to be able to access the link to the presentation.

All welcome!

World Folklore Day

Special Online Presentation
Tuesday 25th August 2020
On 'Google Meet' 7.30pm (UK time)

The Folk Hero of the Fens

Hereward the Wake

Presented by

David Maile & Maria Peltzer

You must be or become a member of the the Hereward the Wake Facebook Group to obtain the link to the presentation. The link will be posted online at 7:15pm at

Then go to Meet.Google.Com & paste in the link

UPDATE!  After a successful online event with the presentation of 'Kingsley's Hereward' & 'Evaluating Hereward as Cultural Heritage of the Fens' on Tuesday 25th August we are re-structuring the online presentations into a formulated programme.

Therefore the next online presentation will be on Tuesday 15th September, details will be published on this page in due course.

'Kingsley's Hereward'' - The Manufacturing of a Folklore Hero

                       - Cause - Purpose - & Consequence -


      'Evaluating Hereward as Cultural Heritage of the Fens'

Duration: 35 to 45 minutes, David and Maria will deliver two presentations on Hereward. 'Kingsley's Hereward' analyses how the Victorian novelist Charles Kingsley created a folklore hero to utilise as a vehicle for his ideology, a doctrine that permeated British society and the impact it had upon Britain and its Empire. It will be followed by analysis of the opportunity the Fenlands has to embrace a world renowned icon to encourage cultural tourism into the region of the Fenlands.

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