If you want an entertaining and informative talk I can provide one on a range of different topics and to suit the audience. My talks tend to be more than lectures - I usually provide illustrations and also bring along a range of items to enhance the experience. These may be original artifacts from the past, or replicas used in modern re-enactments. My professional expertise developed over many decades enables me to choose the best, and to ensure that my audience has a truly unique experience.
For an introduction to my philosophy and policy regarding fees, please follow the link to the left labelled Talks Advisory Notes.
For brief thoughts about talks I can offer, have a look at the list below, and follow the links.
NEWEST TALKS (see below): Invincible Faith Triumpheth and Casting Stones at Napier’s Bones
- The Birdlip Grave Group - the story of one of Europe’s most important groups of celtic iron-age items. Follow the Birdlip Grave Group link.
- Boil a Mouse in Urine - possibly everything you wanted to know about early childcare and children in the early modern period and probably some things you didn’t. This illustrated talk fascinates men and women with its revelations about the creation and care of our forebears. Follow the Boil a Mouse link
- Casting Stones at Napier’s Bones - an illustrated talk with demonstrations of some of the 16th- and 17th-century calculating methods which led to modern computing. Follow the Casting Stones link
- A Cabinet of Curiosities - do you know what these items are, or how they were used, and when? This is an ideal quiz, or simply a good way of testing your abilities as detectives.Follow the Curiosities link.
- The Enduring Vandal - the information to be gained by looking at graffiti and other ‘unofficial’ alterations to buildings and how they shed light on people and their behaviour in the past. Follow the Enduring Vandal link.
- For King or Parliament - Aspects of the English Civil War west and north of Gloucester looking at some of the events and evidence for the battles of Highnam, Highleadon, Hartpury and Redmarley. Follow the For King or Parliament link.
- Invincible Faith Triumpheth - Where The City Saved by God considers the physical evidence for the 1643 Siege f Gloucester, this illustrated talk follows the story of the Siege and some of the key moments. Follow the Invincible Faith link.
- The City Saved By God - the story of evidence still to be seen for the city that changed British history in 1643. Follow the Saved by God link.
- Ginger in a Coffin - an illustrated talk which considers some of the story of how our forebears fed themselves in the early modern period, Follow the Ginger in a Coffin link
- Take Hedgehogge Lard - an illustrated talk about the ways in which people had to manage their own health in the 17th century and earlier. Follow the Hedgehogge Lard link.
- The Gloucester Tables Set - the earliest intact backgammon set, and a masterpiece of 11th-century Romanesque art. Follow the Gloucester Tables link.
- Games-Makers to the Empire - the story of the overlooked Gloucester-based company of games-makers who were said between the Wars to be the largest in Britain. Follow the Roberts Brothers link.
- My life as Sir Watkyn Morgan - the story of re-enacting the period of the English Civil War. Follow the Sir Watkyn link.
- The Gloucester Tudor Doll - the story of a unique doll that travelled to Gloucester from Belgium in the period of Henry VIII. Follow the Tudor Doll link.