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.
- 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 - An eye-opening examination of some of the processes and customs surrounding childbirth and child-rearing in the time of the Tudors and Stuarts. Follow the Boil a Mouse in Urine 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. Use the Curiosities button.
- 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 The Enduring Vandal link.
- Games-Makers to the Empire - the story of the overlooked Gloucester-based company of games-makers who claimed between the Wars to be the largest in Britain. Follow the Roberts Brothers link.
- Ginger in a Coffin - How was food sourced, prepared and served during the period of the Tudors and Stuarts? Follow the link Ginger in a Coffin.
- The Gloucester Tables Set - the earliest intact backgammon set, and a masterpiece of 11th-century Romanesque art. Follow the Gloucester Tables Set link.
- The Siege of Gloucester - the story of the city that changed British history in 1643. Follow the Siege link.
- My life as Sir Watkyn Morgan - the story of re-enacting the period of the English Civil War. Follow the Sir Watkyn link.
- Some Aspects of the English Civil War west and north of Gloucester - a look at some of the events and evidence for the battles of Highnam, Highleadon, Hartpury and Redmarley Follow the Some Minor ECW Actions link.
- Take Hedgehogge Lard - A dip into the od and alarming ways in which families cared for their health in the 17th century - Follow the Take Hedgehogge Lard link.
- The Gloucester Tudor Doll - Learn about the rediscovery of a rare pottery doll that travelled to Gloucester from Belgium in the period of Henry VIII. Follow the Gloucester Tudor Doll link.