These are the talks I currently offer. For more information contact me here or download a PDF flyer about these talks with my contact details.


The Story of ENSA – “Every Night Something Awful”

When WWII was declared, the government felt entertainment was important to keep up people’s moral. The Entertainments National Service Association was set up and entertainers were encouraged to join; over 50,000 answered the call.

So join me and enjoy a trip down memory lane learning about artists such as Vera Lynn, Flanagan & Allen, Gracie Fields and Glenn Miller who would all become household names and loved by millions of troops fighting around the world, right up until the present day.


The Roaring Twenties
Relive the decade of the four F’s – Fashion, Flappers, Film and Fun. Learn how the younger generation wanted to forget about past traditions of behaviour and instead wanted to ‘Live for the moment’ following WWI. We see how The Bright Young Things went too far and made themselves unpopular with the general population. Find out who the stars of Hollywood were and the music which defined the era as well as the change in fashion. A light hearted talk with short videos which will have you on the edge of your seat.

 


1930s The Golden Age of Hollywood
This talk is a wonderful opportunity to visit what is considered the
golden age of Hollywood, when people visited the cinema to forget the
impact of the Great Depression. It was during this period that the
people flocked to see the Busby Berkeley musicals, the birth of
technicolour and the first film from Walt Disney. Two of the greatest
films in cinema history were made during this period. There are lots of
clips of the stars and music of this era and you can wallow in pure
nostalgia. A real treat for film fans of this era.

 

The Pre-Raphaelites – their lives, lovers and legacy

This talk is a feast for the eyes. We look at the formation of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and at the paintings that made them famous. The brotherhood led to the Arts and Craft Movement in which William Morris, a great friend of the members, embraced their art through textiles and wallpaper. Eventually it became so popular that it was copied by architects, jewellers, interior and fashion designers and evolved into the style known as Art Nouveau.

 

 


The Impact of World War 1 on Women
Prior to WW1 the role of women was strictly in the home and being educated or holding down a profession was not encouraged. This talk shows how WW1 changed that and women were at last welcomed into the workplace. After the war, with the fight for women’s suffrage being high on the agenda, things were never the same and we look at how women fought on and how things stand in the present day.

 

 


Victorian London Street Life
This is a fascinating insight into how the poor people of London lived and survived in the late nineteenth century. The fear of the Workhouse with personal stories and details what sort of food was popular and the plight of working children are just a few of the topics covered. We follow them throughout a typical day, ending in a Music Hall.