Part 2 - further talks available - History and Travel Talks

Wandering on the Somme

A companion talk to my Wandering in Flanders Fields talk, visiting the known and less well-known sites of The Somme.  Be inspired by today's beautifully restored landscape that witnessed momentous days during the First World War.  The talk contains other sights to see in the beautiful Somme area of France – be assured it’s “way more than the usual mud and trenches”.  

West Sussex Federation of Women’s Institutes requested this talk for their Annual Council Meeting.  Afterwards women shared the moving stories of their fathers and grandfathers.  

 

Relics of World War II in Europe

A wide-ranging talk, visiting what remains in the landscape today in Europe of the Second World War.  The armchair traveller will see the remnants of architecture built by the Third Reich regime in Belgium, France, Germany.  The material of the talk is sensitively presented so as to appeal to a wide audience.  

 

Eva Braun – victim or contriver?

Hear the story of the woman who devoted her life to Hitler.  The material of the talk is sensitively presented in order to appeal to a wide audience.  Reassuringly Jewish audience members regularly tell me that this talk could safely be given at a synagogue.  

Three women, one man – glamour, wealth and heartbreak

A thought-provoking talk revealing how the lives of four mystery icons intertwine in their pursuit of wealth, status and power.  Can money ever buy love and happiness?

“I joined the Rotary to hear intelligent, well-researched talks – and you just gave one!”

 

 

 

 

The History of Morris Dancing 

 

Hear the story of one of England's oldest traditions.  Hear the truth about the 'black face' tradition.  Bookable for the Morris Season – 1st May to 30th September each year.    

 

And so to Ted ... a History of Teddies and other bears

A wide-ranging, fun talk of Bear Essentials to appeal to arctophiles and bear lovers!

 

Be sure to bring your bears along to hear the talk!

 

 

The Belgian Royal Family – murder, madness and mayhem?  

For a monarchy that has only been in existence since independence in 1830, be assured there’s lots to tell.  I may not be allowed back to Belgium though!

“Brilliant!” St Lukes Ladies. 

 

 

From Passchendaele to Peace?  

An illustrated talk providing an overview of the events of the final months of The Great War and into the 1920s.  From the Battle of Passchendaele, the Russian Revolution, the Germans' Spring Offensive, the arrival of the Americans, the Last Hundred Days, the Armistice in 1918, the rebuilding, the Treaty of Versailles and the aftermath.  Did the war end in 1918 or did it only pause? 

 

 

The Suffragettes and the Suffragists - Votes for Women

 A new talk in development and commissioned for the centenary of Leigh WI - available late 2018.  

 

 

Elizabeth Barton – the Maid of Kent - 1506-1534

A commissioned talk about the visionary of Aldington in Kent who was executed as a result of her prophecies against the marriage of King Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn.

– available 2019

 

 

Curious Flanders – off the beaten track in Belgium.  

A colourfully illustrated talk about quirky Belgium to complement Parks and Gardens of Flanders.  Please enquire about availability. 

Go back to Part 1 of talks offered

 

To book a talk call: 07900 637171 or email mgibsonbarton@toonstelling.com

 

I am delighted to accept bookings for talks in Kent, Sussex, Surrey, Essex and  London - for a competitive fee plus a contribution towards petrol - I don't charge per mile.  Talks further afield are always considered - just ask.

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