The Yorkshire Speakers Directory



27 Search Results for latest speaker entries, since 22-07-2018 (Most recent first)
Subject Areas:WW2 History, Local History
Name & Location:Mr Jeremy  PICKARD York
Contect & Website:
w: No Website
Subjects:Young Voices from WW2.

This talk is based on readings from some of the 1200 surviving letters between two young people caught up in WW2. They were teenage lovers in 1939 and young parents by the time Stan was demobbed in 1946.

The letters are linked by a narrative from their son, Jeremy Pickard, who fills in some of the history (personal, social and naval) and also explains some of his reactions to discovering so many surprises about his parents as young people after the death of his mother, Chris.

The talk is illustrated by contemporary photographs and drawings.

It is unusual to be able to present the direct words of a young working class woman as experienced at the time, alongside those of her husband in the RNVR.

The emphasis of the talk can be 'tweaked' to fit the interest of the audience.

The talk is free (except for expenses) on condition that the published edition of the letters ("Stan and Chris in the War") can be sold to anybody who would like the full story.

 
Availability & Fee:AnytimeExpenses Only
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: OHPClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:History
Name & Location:Mr Roger  ENGLAND Sheffield
Contect & Website:
w: www.workable.net
Subjects:Talk on Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
Availability & Fee:AnytimeCharity Donation
Areas Covered:South Yorkshire only
Requirements: SClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Inspiration
Name & Location:Mrs Rachel  PERU Addingham
Contect & Website:
w: www.rachelperumodel.com
Subjects:Inspirational Speaker
Availability & Fee:By Arrangement£100.00
Areas Covered:West Yorkshire only
Requirements: S, F, EClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Archaeology, History
Name & Location:Ms Karen  ADAMS York
Contect & Website:
w: www.pastsearch-archaeo-history.co.uk/
Subjects:Eboracum to York
Walk Around York City Walls
A Day In the Life Of An Archaeologist
Archaeology Along the A63
Trials and Executions at York
Lendal Bridge
York Through the Eyes of the Historians
Petuaria to Brough
Clifford's Tower
York Minster Fire - 1829
York Minster Fires - 1840
York Minster Fires - 1984
Roman York
Welham Bridge Area
York Railway
19th Century Lendal, York
19th Century Blake Street, York
Beverley Area
Restoration of York City Walls
Market Weighton Area
Pocklington Area
Viking York
The A1079: York to Pocklington
The A1079: Pocklington to Market Weighton
The 1948 Plan for York
The Forest of Galtres
Availability & Fee:Anytime£50.00 plus travel
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: S, PS, EC, BO, OHP, F) EClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Yorkshire, Local History
Name & Location:Mr Rod  DIMBLEBY Brighouse
Contect & Website:
w: www.roddimbleby.co.uk
Subjects:Tellin' t' Tale - Stories and Poems in Yorkshire Dialect
Yorkshire Matters
Yorkshire Dialect Writers
Traditional Storytelling
Availability & Fee:Anytime£40.00-£50.00
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: Click for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Fiction
Name & Location:Mrs Barbara  PHIPPS  Wakefield
Contect & Website:
w: www.barbaraphipps.co.uk
Subjects:Two talks available:
Charles Waterton, Who Do You Think You Are?
This is about his family history, and the work he did at his ancestral home, Walton Hall, in the West Riding of Yorkshire where he created the first nature reserve.
A second talk on his travels and more!
Charles Waterton, Travels, Trials and Taxidermy. This tells of his travels in South America, North America, Canada and Europe. I tell of his many escapades and his survival (against the odds) into old age, and of his interest in natural history and the perfection of his taxidermy.


 
Availability & Fee:By Arrangement£50.00
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: S, F, EClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Wildlife
Name & Location:Mr John  MUNDEN  Wakefield
Contect & Website:
w: www.thepollinator.org.uk/
Subjects:John was a beekeeper for over 25 years until last year when he stopped to concentrate on helping to save and encourage the repopulation of the Honeybee and all pollinators.
His talk involves both a little history of his story, the honeybee and our relationship with them.
The main part of his talk deals with the ever evolving ways we can help from using alternative or natural products to re-cycling up-cycling ideas.
Products will be available to buy along with fact sheets and details of local Beekeeping Associations and classes, should anyone be interested in beekeeping.
A selection of books and stationary will also be available.
Talks can be inside or outside.

 
Availability & Fee:AnytimeNegotiable/donations
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: Click for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Science
Name & Location:Mr Melvyn  RUTTER Morley
Contect & Website:
w: No Website
Subjects:A critical view of 'man made climate change'. A study of the science showing an alternative view to the media hype.

Melvyn takes what Greenpeace say and measures the costs of what they advocate. For example, one calculation is that if 28M people buy electric cars this will require (some say) 60GW of electricity to provide at peak times. Which in broad terms equates to 15 Drax power stations at 4GW each. Notwithstanding the fact that Drax is far from a "green" operation, burning as it does timber from as far afield as the USA.

He considers the idea of CO2 being a "pollutant" which of course it isn't. Over eons of time global temperatures have been high, when CO2 levels were low, and the other way round.

CO2 is not even a major greenhouse gas. He show's this using temperatures on the moon, in the desert, and in the rainforest.

The idea that cows are bad news, it is hard to see how 23 million cattle produce more air pollution than 67 mill people.

And of course each human can produce 2.3 tons CO2 each year as we all breath out. Again 67M times this figure for the UK, clearly this has been ignored.

He looks at how the melting ice sheets were going to mean all the polar bears die, when in truth their numbers have more than doubled.

Away from the hypothesis, there are plenty of "real" issues that mankind can implement, as follows:

He show's how resource depletion, habitat and species destruction are caused by humans. But we can do something about this by living in balance with planet earth. Deforestation is awful, but divided by the total human population, we only need to plant 7 trees each, per year!!!

Many people feel fed up of the tv propaganda who shout for the removal of capitalism. The rich and poor divide is not good. But the system allows for consumerism which can affect real change. We can use this for stuff across the world.

He is happy to be grilled by his audience to defend his science, and he is not telling people what to think, or what to eat, and no one needs to glue themselves to anything.
Availability & Fee:Anytime£40.00
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: E, C, T, FClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Entertainment
Name & Location:Mr Tony  SHERWOOD Nottingham
Contect & Website:
w: www.tonysherwood.co.uk
Subjects:65 Years in Showbiz - the NOT So Secret Agent

 
Availability & Fee:Anytime Prepared to travel£60.00 + Exs
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: EClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Charities, Philanthropic Appeals
Name & Location:Mr Alan  DREWITT Pontefract
Contect & Website:
w: No Website
Subjects:Purple Community Fund
Supporting families left to scavenge on dump sites to exist
Providing livelihood alternatives.

Talk, video & exhibition presentation
Availability & Fee:By ArrangementCharity Donation
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: S, TClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Alternative Medicine
Name & Location:Ms Catherine  KING York
Contect & Website:
w: www.icarosherbals.co.uk
Subjects:My name is Catherine King. I am a Medical Herbalist, holding a BSc (Hons) in Herbal Medicine. I own Icaros Herbals, a Herbal Medicine practice and deliver public talks and workshops on the subject of plant based medicine. An important role of a Medical Herbalist is to bring the wisdom and knowledge of herbalism back to its roots; the community. This knowledge, which was often held by woman and passed down through generations, has largely been lost, yet it is central to our folk history. Each culture and society have its own unique relationship to the plants around them, accessing their wisdom and medicine. My talks can be tailored to the interest of the audience; from the history and philosophy of herbal medicine, the use of plant-based medicine to treat specific conditions, the connection of herbs to our spiritual nature, Shamanic tradition and plants of the Amazon or the simple use of every day herbs. I would be happy to discuss what aspect of herbal medicine interests you and deliver a talk.
Availability & Fee:Anytime£60.00 per hour
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: S, OHPClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:History, Travel
Name & Location:Mr Michael  ASTROP Todmorden
Contect & Website:
w: No Website
Subjects:Origins & Oddities of English Inn Signs
Few people realise that two thousand years of history is hanging over their heads, and that the humble pub sign can hold the key to a town's past. Pubs were rarely named by accident but were inspired by religion, royalty, heroes and the occasional scandal. This highly visual talk, with a quiz, explains how inns signs originate and traces their development from the Romans to the present day. Having attended this talk people will know how to read the signs and unlock the history of the inn and the travellers that took their rest and sustenance there.

Michael Astrop is the Northern Regional organiser for the Inn Sign Society and avid campaigner to retain old inns signs and original style depictions.
Availability & Fee:Anytime£40.00
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: S, T, FClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Inspiration
Name & Location:Mr Mark  SMITH Harrogate
Contect & Website:
w: No Website
Subjects:Health and positivity, Organ donation, charity fundraising.
Availability & Fee:Anytime£50.00
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: T, F, EClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Humour
Name & Location:Mr Stephen  COOKE Chesterfield
Contect & Website:
w: No Website
Subjects:Quizzing
My life as one of TV's Eggheads.
Availability & Fee:By Arrangement£100.00 + Exs
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: NoneClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Family History, Fiction, Local History
Name & Location:Mrs Janet  DEAN York
Contect & Website:
w: www.jdeanknight.com
Subjects:Janet is a writer offering to talk about her novel The Peacemaker, a moving story of a young woman's struggle to make peace with her father on the eve of the Second World War. It is based on her own family history. Further she offers a range of talks including; 'How Family History Wrote My Novel', 'Fact or Fiction and Everything in Between' and 'Do We Ever Learn From the Past'. She also offers book signing.
Availability & Fee:Anytime£50.00
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: T, F, EClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Gardening
Name & Location:Mrs Rachel  BARROWCLIFFE Worksop
Contect & Website:
w: www.iwantabeautifulgarden.co.uk
Subjects:Seasonal gardening talks from a qualified horticulturist with over 30 years experience. Talks include Container gardening and growing veg in pots; Summer gardens; Autumn gardens hints and lasagne layering bulbs.
Availability & Fee:Anytime£60.00
Areas Covered:South Yorkshire only
Requirements: S, T, E, Screen or white wallClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:WW2 History, History
Name & Location:Mr Ralf  SCHWEINEM Sheffield
Contect & Website:
w: No Website
Subjects:Berlin Wall: a personal history.
A Dark History of Berlin: spies and spying 1948-1989.
The Berlin Airlift: power and partnership in post-war Germany
Guilty as Charged: a magistrate's tale.
"In the Interests of the Child": a year in the life of a Children's Guardian.
Availability & Fee:Anytime£40.00
Areas Covered:South Yorkshire only
Requirements: S, PS, OHP, T, F, EClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Travel, Cycling
Name & Location:Miss Katherine  LIVER Halifax
Contect & Website:
w: www.aworldcycle.blogspot.com.au
Subjects:Australia to England by Bicycle - 16,000 miles, 24 countries, 1 girl

I am a 28 year old (*young) ?adventurer?. In my spare time, I focus on pursuing the life of a grown-up, but, in between, I'm usually found exploring the world by bicycle.

In 2015, I returned home from a 16,000 mile bike ride from Australia to the UK. I pedalled across 24 countries over 10months.

My trip took me from the hot arid desert of out-back Australia to the treacherous, freezing conditions of the Tibetan plateaux- from the urban extravaganza of Singapore to the empty plains of Kazakhstan. The nomadic life of a touring cyclist meant sleeping under bridges, in forests, out in the dusty sun-baked bushland, but most favourably, in the comfort of strangers homes where the true essence of the country came to life.

I use my talks not only to help motivate and inspire others, but to open a window into a world beyond the one we know.

 
Availability & Fee:Anytime£80.00
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: OHPClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:WW2 History, Architecture, Journalism & Media
Name & Location:Mr Colin  PHILPOTT Harrogate
Contect & Website:
w: www.colinphilpottmedia.co.uk
Subjects:Ex-Head BBC Yorks

Secret Wartime Britain - the stories of hundreds of places across
Britain, including in Yorkshire, which were secret during the Second
World War and which helped determine the outcome of the conflict.
These include factories, command bunkers, spying bases, art treasure
stores, interrogation centres,chemical weapons stores and many others.
It's also the story of how and why places were kept secret by people
who lived nearby and who worked there.

Relics of the Reich - When Nazi Germany collapsed in 1945, hundreds of
buildings and public spaces built by the regime were left behind and
many still exist today. This is the story of how modern Germany has
dealt with this unwanted legacy and what has happened to Nazi
architecture over the last 75 years.

A Place in History - what happens to places caught up in news events
after the reporters and camera crews move on? How are places affected
by being the centre of media attention? This is a tour of sites across
Britain affected by news events in the past 100 years. Places visited
include the scenes of tragic events like Dunblane and Hungerford but
also quirkier sites like the farmer's field where Bob Dylan played to
100,000 people, the hotel where Agatha Christie hid and the site of
the legendary Hacienda nightclub in Manchester.

Inside the BBC - my stories from 25 years in front of and behind camera in the BBC.
I worked as a reporter on many BBC programmes including Newsnight,
Breakfast News, BBC News, File on 4.
I was also a producer, editor and senior manager including as Head of BBC Yorkshire
for seven years, responsible for revamping Look North with new presenters
and new localised editions.

Photo of the map room in the Battle of Britain control bunker.

 
Availability & Fee:Anytime£75.00
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: S, EC, Showing powerpoints, FClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Military
Name & Location:Mr Alan  GIBSON Knaresborough
Contect & Website:
w: No Website
Subjects:Alan has led a very full life. After running away to sea at the age of 16 he found himself joining the British Army where he spent 7 years in the Royal Artillery and 5 years in the Special Air Service (SAS) seeing action in many theatres of war, from Northern Ireland to the Falklands War and Africa to South America. Upon leaving the Army he then acquired a small empire in the hospitality industry which was taken from him. At the age of 54 Alan entered the world of Film and TV and became a successful multi award winning actor. Interesting, funny, sometimes sad but always inspirational Alan will hold nothing back.

Therefore there is plenty to be had for a wide range of audiences.
Availability & Fee:Anytime£50.00
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: F, EClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:History
Name & Location:Mr Steve  WARDLeeds
Contect & Website:
w: www.steve-ward.net
Subjects:A. General history of the circus
B. Women in the circus
C. The life of Philip Astley
D. The cultural history of circus in Leeds
Availability & Fee:Anytime Subject to availability£50.00
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: S, PS, T, FClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Health
Name & Location:Miss Louise  ROBINSONYork
Contect & Website:
w: No Website
Subjects:Audiology
Health
Dementia

Availability & Fee:By Arrangement£20.00
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: Click for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Crime
Name & Location:Mr Roy E DUXBURYHull
Contect & Website:
w: No Website
Subjects:Ray details his experiences around working in a prison, he's written and published a book called "Happiness is door shaped", and, the book is the basis of his presentation.

Prison is a community within a community, drugs, rapes, violence is present every day, you fear for your safety and the safety of those you are committed to protect, a balance which is hard for Prison officers have to manage every day.
We deal with the most challenging Prisoners , including Charles Bronson, who took a member of staff hostage at Hull prison.
Reliving stories from a number of Prisons, makes for an interesting and informative talk.
Availability & Fee:By Arrangemnt£35-£45.00
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: T, FClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Charities, Sport, Therapies
Name & Location:Mr Geoff  RENDERCleckheaton
Contect & Website:
w: No Website
Subjects:Geoff draws on his experience of overcoming the difficult circumstances life has left him following a major stroke aged only 37. Undaunted, his talks highlight how life is effected by such traumas. Equally he explains how he has overcome discrimination in sport and changing faces of the track and has competed in World Masters. Nowadays Geoff also teaches swimming and is a support worker, he has competed in triathlons as recently as 2016.
Availability & Fee:AnytimeNegotiable around £50.00 Charitable donation
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: ExpensesClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Archaeology, Military, History
Name & Location:Mr Alex  SOTHERAN Rotherham
Contect & Website:
w: No Website
Subjects:I have worked as a field archaeologist since 2001 across the globe and I currently work as the archaeology advisor for the Defence Infrastructure Organisation in the Ministry of Defence. This role requires liaison with military authorities and other stakeholders over matters related to heritage and archaeology across the MOD estate in the north of England and Scotland. Since 2003, I have also worked as a battlefield archaeologist in France and Belgium on the battlefields of the First World War. This work has involved the development of battlefield archaeology as a field discipline and the recovery of many missing soldierÂ’s remains. Whilst in this role, I have also featured in several television programmes, including productions for YAP Films and the BBC. My talks centre on battlefield archaeology and what further information it can give us when studying the First World War, including understanding the trench systems, recovery and the identification of the soldierÂ’s remains, even pinpointing the location of a destroyed tank.
A popular talk that I give is:

The First World War and Battlefield Archaeology

A general introduction to the work I have been involved with over the past fifteen years on battlefield sites in France and Belgium, including a general look at the material that you would expect to find on FFW sites and a look at three particular sites showing what can be learnt from the archaeology of the First World War

Along with the introduction to battlefield archaeology, the following can also be provided as talks:
Bullecourt, the Search for Tanks

Recent (2017 and 2018) excavations at Bullecourt, in France where Mark II tanks attacked with Australian soldiers in 1917. The site was excavated and revealed some evidence for the tank attack. The project was also staffed by volunteers made up of ex-forces veterans suffering from various physical injuries and PTSD and helped their recovery through the Operation Nightingale group.

Mametz Wood, Evidence for the Welsh on the Somme

Mametz Wood was the scene of an attack by soldiers of the 36th (Welsh) Division in 1916, despite large casualties the woods were captured. Excavations in 2015 revealed the remains of German positions in the woods along with evidence for the brutal nature of the fighting. The team were also joined by the rugby star Gareth Thomas who was researching his relatives who had fought in the First World War.

My fee is £40 for a talk of about an hour with questions, presented as a Powerpoint presentation. I provide my own projector, but will need a wall or screen to project onto. I am willing to travel, however, I am based in Rotherham and will charge expenses for a journey longer than half and hour.

 
Availability & Fee:Anytime£40.00
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: S, PS, EC, EClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:History
Name & Location:Mrs Michelle  BEADLEHull
Contect & Website:
w: No Website
Subjects:AMY JOHNSON, HULL'S PIONEERING AVIATOR - Her life and achievements.
FLIGHT OF DISASTER - An account of the R38 airship crashing into the Humber in 1921.
Availability & Fee:By Arrangement£35.00, Plus Travel
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: PS, T, F, EClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Sport
Name & Location:Mr Alan  BEADLEHull
Contect & Website:
w: No Website
Subjects:GIVE US A "V" - Hull Vikings Speedway Memories
THRILLS AND SPILLS - The history of Speedway in Yorkshire
Availability & Fee:By Arrangement£35.00, plus travel
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: PS, T, F, EClick for requirements explanation