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Equipment: I will require a screen, or plain white wall, plus a table
Size of the audience: 1-100 Availability: Birmingham area, daytime General or evenings. Other Information: My illustrated talk is an overview of what one could have seen at the Festival of Britain, plus the historical and political climate leading up to its inception
Mr Simon Baddeley
34 Beaudesert Road
Subjects A History of Handsworth Park 1882 − 2012 Fee: £25.00 or free by arrangement (perhaps with a collection for a selected charity) Equipment: Speaker brings an album of photos, texts and maps for circulation and copies of his history of the founding of Handsworth Park Size of Audience: Any (5 - 100) Availability: Day or evening Other Information: The speaker is a part-time visiting lecturer at Birmingham University, researcher and published writer, involved during the 1990s in local campaigns supporting the restoration of Handsworth Park. Simon also does history tours of the park by arrangement.
Subjects: 1. Great Artefacts in the Museum of the World : History and the Present Day
2. Great Country Houses through Centuries
3. History of British Art
4. History of Russian Art
5. The Soul of Russian Poetry : Alexander Pushkin (1799 - 1837). His Time, His Life, His Works
6. History of Fashion in Artworks
7. Black Presence in European Art
8. Shakespeare Portrait from Russia : Mysterious Artefact in the Collection of the Shakespeare Birthplace, Stratford
9. British Abolitionists and members of the Birmingham Lunar Society in portraits by Carl - Frederick von Breda
10. Matthew Boulton and Art
11. Matthew Boulton and the Russian Ambassador Woronzow
12. Matthew Boulton and his Russian Guests
13. Artists of Wolverhampton from Joseph Barney to George Phoenix Fee: £40.00 plus travel expenses if any Equipment: Speaker provides a PowerPoint presentation, but does require a computer, projector, screen Size of Audience: Any (5 - 100) Availability: Day or evening Other Information: All lectures can be given as a series and also as a single one off lecture. The speaker is a professional museum worker, curator, researcher and published author.
Mr Patrick Baird
24 Hunt End Lane
Tel: 01527 541812
1. History and development of Birmingham.
2. Personalities of Birmingham.
3. Comic capers in Birmingham (Comedians and entertainers).
4. From Variety to Verdi - The story of Birmingham born tenor David Hughes
5. Mum wants Lovin’ & Dad wants Shootin’ – reminiscences of a public librarian
Fee: £40.00 plus expenses.
Equipment: Projector for Power Point presentations.
4. Weoley Hill Ltd, The story of a Bournville Estate
5. Cadbury history Fee: £30.00 plus travel expenses if any Equipment: Speaker provides a PowerPoint presentation, computer and projector but does require a screen
Size of Audience: Any (5 - 100)
Availability: Day or evening
Other Information: All lectures tailored to suit group interests
Bob is a former principal lecturer in technology education at Wolverhampton University involved with computers and manufacturing things since the early days of ‘bits and bytes’ in the mid-eighties and he’s still involved in education and computers! His main interest is in 3D computer design, feature-based modelling - quite boring really - and he has taught in the USA and Hong Kong, travelled the world but lives, with his wife, half a mile from where he was born. He is chairman of The Bournville Society and archivist to St Francis Church in Bournville.
He has spoken and presented to many groups and is the author of Bournville Through Time (2014) pub Amberley Publishing.
1. Canals - British but with continental lifts and inclined planes
2. British Towns & Cities : Edinburgh, Glasgow, etc. (concentrating on historic buildings)
3. European Towns & Cities : Barcelona, Paris, Prague, Rome, etc.
4. Cathedrals - British, French, Italian, etc.
5. Structures : Why Things Stand Up
6. Birmingham's Historic Buildings
7. Modern Architecture : Africa, Chicago, New York, etc.
8. The Architecture of English Towns Fee: £20 - £30 but negotiable Equipment: Talks are visual and involve showing colour slides. The speaker can provide his own slide projector and screen, although he would prefer to borrow one at the venue. Size of audience: Any size Availability: The speaker cannot provide talks on Mondays and only in the daytime on Tuesday. He is otherwise free Wednesday to Sunday Other Information: Mr.Braithwaite would like to offer his talks as a series of single one - off lectures in the Birmingham area. The speaker is a published author and retired Birmingham University Extramural lecturer.
Mr Bob Broadfield
2A Wheeler Street
DY8 1XJ Tel: 01384 370650
My life as an acrobat in circus and variety theatres over a period of almost 20 years. Fee: £35.00 Equipment: One small table and chair Audience: Adults Availabilty Anytime
Mrs P Burkill
128 Water Orton Road
Tel 0121 747 5266
St. Mary's Churchyard, Handsworth.
Life with the (Kynoch) Lions. Fee: £25.00. Equipment: Provided for overhead transparencies and/or slides, but require screen and projector stand Size of audience: Up to 50 people. Availability: Daytime or evening Other information The first talk covers the amount of information that can be obtained from gravestones and types of inscription. The second talk covers the first fifty years of the company now called IMI, and its first two managing directors: George Kynoch and Arthur Chamberlain.
Subjects : Light -hearted stories and anecdotes of my experiences from years of metal
detecting. Talks include details and displays from my huge collection of artefacts found in fields and gardens around Birmingham. Fee: £35.00 plus travelling expenses Equipment: Large table top for artefacts Audience Size: All sizes of audience. Speaker has given talks on local radio. Availability: Any day time or evenings and weekends. Other Information Talks are of a humorous nature although they have a factual content.
Mr. Roger Butler
Tel: 01926 641893 Mobile: 07766038934
1. The Wonders of the Waterways
2. A Canal Honeymoon in 1963
3. Up the Macc ( Journey to the Macclesfield and Peak Forest canals)
4. Canal Holidays : 50 Years Ago
5. A West Midlands Circuit in 1971 (Several other waterway talks also available) Fee: £60.00 plus travel expenses Equipment: All talks are illustrated with colour slides or digital images scanned from a large archive of historic photographs Size of Audience: Any Avaialbility: Mr. Butler can cover all of the West Midlands area and is usually available both daytime and evening Other Information: Talks usually last between 75 - 90 minutes each and can be tailored to suit requirements
Mr Michael Byrne c/o Acocks Green Library Shirley Road Acocks Green Birmingham B27 7XH Tel 0121 464 1738
Photographic histories of : Acocks Green/ Hall Green/Hay Mills and Yardley
Water in towns.
Yardley Village and Blakesley Hall.
History of Yardley Wood
River, canal and flood in Kings Norton
History of Lifford
20 miles around the boundaries of Yardley Fee: £20.00 - £25.00 daytime, £30.00 evening. Negotiable for small groups. Equipment: Speaker brings all equipment, but the room needs to have blackout facilities. Size of audience: 10 - 200. Availability: Daytime subject to work duties. Evenings, except Tuesdays during term time. Other information: For North Birmingham the speaker would require additional travelling expenses.
1. Talk & Tour of Selly Manor (Maple Road, Bournville) with an experienced guide lasting 1 hour. Tour can be complimented with an illustrated talk lasting 45 minutes. Simple refreshment can be provided.
2. Tours of Bournville Village including the village green and an explanation of the public buildings created for residents. Tours last for approximately 30 minutes.Group Rates for both talks: Tour - £4.50 per person. Talk & Tour - £5.50 per person. Tour & Tea - £5.50 per person Tour, Talk & Tea - £6.50 per person.
3. Guides can visit your venue to conduct talks. Talks can be tailored to meet your requirements but focus on the history of Selly Manor, Minworth Greaves and Bournville. Fee: Fees for the venue talks are arranged on an individual basis. Size of audience: Group sizes are arranged on an individual basis Other information: We can cater for all sized groups. Our normal opening hours are Tuesday to Friday 10 am - 5 pm (all year) and Saturday & Sunday 2 pm - 5 pm (Easter to September). For larger groups we are able to accommodate tours and talks outside of these normal hours. Please contact Selly Manor to book a tour.
Subjects: 1. The repair and restoration of the Back to Back Houses in Hurst Street, Birmingham
2. The repair and restoration of the Perseus & Andromeda fountain and the South Parterre Garden at Witley Court, Worcestershire
3. The repair and consolidation of the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich
4. The repair of the roofs at Hanbury Hall, Worcestershire
5. The major repair of the external fabric to Tyntesfield Manor, near Bristol
6. Prepared presentations showing repair works to other historically important buildings
7. Illustrated talks on all aspects of building conservation works Fee - From £45.00 Equipment - All provided by the speaker Size of Audience - Any Availability - All areas of the wider West Midlands and further away for special interest groups Other Information - The speaker is a retired Architect who for 45 years has specialised in conservation works over a wide area of building types. The talks are popular, informative and stimulating; lasting between 60 - 85 minutes and can include an intermission. Bookings are usually taken 12 months in advance due to popularity.
Subjects: 1. Birmingham City Centre Back in Time
2. Lost Industries and Businesses of Birmingham
3. Birmingham at War 1st and 2nd
4. Birmingham Past and Present Fee: £40.00 plus travelling expenses if outside the West Midlands Equipment: A screen would be a bonus but if not I can bring one. I require a table to place my laptop and projector on as well as to put some books on. Audience Size: All sizes of audience Availability: Any day, time or evenings and weekends Other Information: Talks last between 60 to 90 minutes. Most photos used come from The Birmingham Lives Carl Chinn Archive
Val Combe and Edna Somen
Small Heath Local History Society
Tel: 0121 773 2026 Subjects
Small Heath Then & Now Fee: £20.00 Equipment: Talk is illustrated with slides Availability: Daytime only expect during the summer Other Information: Val Combe and Edna Somen are the Chair and Vice - Chair of Small Heath Local History Society. Ms K Downing 75 Ventnor Avenue Hodge Hill Birmingham B36 8EF Tel 0121 783 8085 Subject
'My eccentric family' - Downing & Eggison Family. *
A Stechford childhood between the wars.
Stechford & Hodge Hill : A Short Walk Fee: £20.00 plus travel expenses for any long distance journey. Equipment Slide equipment required for the My Eccentric Family talk Size of audience: Any size. Availability:Available city wide daytime February to November plus May to August in the evenings Other information: A member of Small Heath Local History Society and also Ward End Local History society. Also now a member of the Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens Trust. Advisor to Fircone Local History Society (Birmingham Retirement Council) and Fircone Players, who also give performances, daytime only.
27 Ashlawn Cresent
Tel: 0121 711 2706 Subjects
1. Elgar, the Man and his Music
2. The Unknown Bruckner - a nineteenth century genius
3. Enjoy your music ; learn more about listening
4. Flamboyant Friends - Liszt and his Circle Fee: £25.00 Equipment: Tape recorder, CD player and slide projector Size of Audience: Ideally no less than 20 Availibility: Subject to negotiation Other Information: The speaker is ex - CBSO. Former head of strings at Birmingham Conservatoire and lecturer for PACE. Also lectures at the BMI
Mrs Audrey Duggan Same address as above Subjects
1. William Hutton's Daughter - the Extraordinary Catherine Hutton
2. Mendelssohn in Birmingham. Behind the Scenes at the Premiere of Elijah
3. How Scandal came to Ullenhall. The Tragic Story of Lady Luxborough
4. Forward Looking and Fearless. The Underrated William Shenstone of Halesowen Fee: £25.00 but negotiable Equipment: Slide projector, OHP and CD player Size: Any size but over 15 preferable Availability: Any time when the speaker is free Other Information: The speaker is the ex - head of English at a Birmingham college and the author of a number of books including A Lady of Letters : The Story of Catherine Hutton and A Sense of Occasion : The Story of Mendelssohn's Elijah at the Birmingham Town Hall.
Miss Marie Fogg
8 Heathland Avenue
Tel: 0121 247 3384 (Please phone after 6 pm or leave a message on the answerphone) Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
1. The Smalbroke Family of Birmingham (linked to Blakesley Hall, Yardley).
2. The Feud between the Smalbroke and Colmore Families.
3. A Short History of the early Iron Trade in Birmingham (16th & 17th Centuries).
4. The History of Thornton Junior School, Ward End ( a trip down memory lane to the 30s,40s, 50s & 60s). Fee: £25 per session Equipment : Able to bring a laptop and projector to show slides. NEED a white screen to project onto plus a table for the equipment. Size of Audience: Prepared to talk to any size of audience Availability: Evenings, weekends, school holidays. Talks generally last one hour but can be adapted to fit a required time slot. Other Information: Speaker is a member of the Ward End & Hodge Hill Local History Society. Also a member of Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens Trust and the National Trust.
Ms. Chandrika Gordhan
c/o Birmingham Arthritis Resource Centre (BARC)
5th. Floor Birmingham Central Library
Tel : 0121 464 2708 Email email@example.com
What is BARC & how it helps people with arthritis. Our fundamental aim is to promote 'self - care' and 'self - management'. Supporting people with chronic and painful conditions to cope with their problems Fee: A donation of £30.00 to Birmingham Arthritis Resource Centre Equipment: Not required Size of Audience: Minimum of 10 and a maximum of 50 Availability: To be agreed Other Information: Experienced speaker who regularly appears on 1 hour phone in show on BBC radio WM.
92 Longwood Road
Tel: 01922 451953
Stories of the English Coinage - The PowerPoint presentation tells the story of coinage from the earliest coins in Greece almost 3000 years ago, through the first coins to circulate in Britain more than 2000 years ago, the Roman and Medieval periods, right up to Decimalization and the present day. The presentation consists of over 40 "slides" including photographs of coins, maps, and illustrations of coining methods ( these supplied by the Royal Mint.). I demonstrate how the design of coins is influenced by the technology, politics, religion, language and culture of their times. The talk last between 45 minutes and one hour, including time for questions. Fee: This is negotiable depending on the size of the audience, between a minimum of £35 and a maximum of £50, plus fuel costs from Walsall. Equipment: I bring with me all the necessary projection equipment. Size of Audience: Any Availability: Daytime or evening, within one hour's drive from Walsall.
5 Hickmans Close
Tel : 0121 422 3782
1. My Collection of Local Postcards including areas and subjects such as Alcester Road, Birmingham Hospitals, Birmingham City Centre, Hagley Road out to Bearwood, Kings Heath, Moseley amongst others. Fee: Subject to negotiation. Equipment: The speaker requires a table near a wall plug and a plain wall or screen to project pictures. Size of Audience: Flexible Avaialability: Flexible
1. The Ubiquitous Green Man – Grotesques, Gargoyles, Medieval Beasties and Really Ugly Uglies
2. Yesteryear’s Folklore, Customs and Traditions
3. 101 Great British Curiosities
4. Church Curiosities
5. Yesteryear’s Schooldays
6. Midlands Oddities, Curiosities and Happenings
7. Brum’s Stone Faces and other Curiosities
8. May Day Customs Fee: £60 per hour PLUS appropriate travel expenses – fee shared between the charities Beating Bowl Cancer, Help for Heroes and Cancer Research UK Equipment: Speaker provides an interactive PowerPoint presentation, but does require a projection screen and 5 tables along with a convenient parking space Size: Maximum of 40 people Availability: Anytime by negotiation Other Information: Dr Harris is an experienced and professional educator and has worked as a tutor for Open Studies at the University of Warwick. We all cherish our rich and varied heritage and quirky customs – these talks all act as catalysts for families and organisations to discover the wealth and variety of our local area.
The Solihull Green Man Trail provides a unique opportunity to find and discover more Green Men in our area – this partnership between local schools, the Park Rangers and the speaker is to be cascaded into the Forest of Arden Project and other woodland schemes. All talks can be tailored to meet your groups needs into a 1 hour talk since they are all part of 6 hour interactive workshops.
The PowerPoint presentations are of high quality and all equipment is supplied EXCEPT for a LARGE white screen. Prizes are given for certain challenges!!! The speaker is prepared to travel up to 50 miles radius from Birmingham.
"Moving Men of Stone: The Statues of Birmingham" Charts the rise and fall of public monemental sculpture.
"The History of Birmingham Civic Society 1918 to date" examines the influence of the society on the city's parks, built environment/landscape and other aspects of the city's heritage. (available from 2006) Fee: £25.00 to a charity of the speakers choice. Equipment: Data projector and screen Availability: Evenings after 7.00pm and weekends. Weekdays by special arrangement.
Mr P B Hayes Margwyn 60 Wheelwright Road, Erdington Birmingham B24 8PB Tel: 0121 373 5665 or 350 0831 or 0976 825540 EmailPatrick@phayes.co.uk
Mystery of Mary Ashford.
Ghost stories of Erdington and Sutton Coldfield
Reminiscent projects on 1940's Britain in role as Royal Naval Officer and U.S Marine
Reminiscences of east Galway in the 1930s
Mystery Surrounding Oradour Sur Glane (Massacre of a French village, June 1944) Fee: £50.00. Equipment: Projector/video recorder required. Size of audience: 12 plus. Availability: Daytime and evening, city-wide. Other Information: New talk on Napoleon currently in progress. Fee of £70.00 per session due to costume hire.
Mr Bob Houghton and Mr John Cox 502 Yardley Green Road Yardley Birmingham B33 8TF Tel: 0121 628 5260
The Future of the Town Hall - Refurbishing and Opening. John Cox.
Poetry and Reminiscences on Growing up in Aston. Bob Houghton.
"I'll tell you a tale." Bob Houghton Fee: Negotiable Equipment: None required. Size of audience: Any. Availability: Any time. Citywide. Other information: Travel expenses of 35p per mile.
John Cox and Bob Houghton work as a team so that a booking includes both talks. However it is possible to request that one talk is longer than the other.
38 Johnson Drive
Tel : 0121 749 7514 Mobile : 07899861422 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
1. The Last Public Execution in Birmingham City Centre
2. The Lives of British Hangmen (Miscellaneous Historical Facts) Fee: £30.00. This includes expenses, travel, etc. Equipment: None at the moment due to arranging equipment Size of Audience: 5 people plus Availability: Mainly evenings and weekends. Possibility of talks during the day. Please phone for details. Other Information: Talks are aimed at adults aged 18 and above. There is some sensitive content due to the nature of the talks
Mr. Laurence Ince
147 Kineton Green Road
Tel: 0121 706 0204
1. Engine Building at Boulton & Watt's Soho Works
2. The Holbech(e) Family of Warwickshire
3. Charles Dickens, Warwickshire and the Great Jennens Case.
4. John O' Leary : Whistler's Best Friend Fee: £30.00 plus travelling expenses Equpment: Speaker will provide all the necessary equipment for showing slides or digital images Audience: Any size of audience is fine Availability: Available at any time and day
Mr. Ivor Jones
26 Checkley Court
Walmley Sutton Coldfield
Tel: 0121 351 7621
A World of Window Furnishings Fee: Negotiable Equipment: No aids required Size of audience: Any Availability: Available at short notice
Dr Anthony Joseph
3 Edgbaston Road
Tel 0121 555 6165/07710448897 Fax 0121 555 5975
Birmingham Jewish community and its background.
Australo-Jewish Genealogy. Fee: None - but voluntary donation to Jewish charity appreciated. Equipment: Not required. Size of audience: Any. Availability: Evenings preferred, city-wide. Other Information: Daytime talks by special arrangement. Unavailable on Friday evenings or Saturdays or on Jewish festival dates.
Subjects: 1. Birmingham National Trust Back to Backs : The Lives of Birmingham's working people in the Back to Back dwellings from 1840s to the 1970s.
2. The History of the Gardens of Calke Abbey: How the gardens developed from 1703 to their rescue by The National Trust in 1985.
3. The Tales of a Working Holiday at Lindisfarne Castle. Fee: £35.00 plus travel expenses if travelling outside of a certain radius Equipment: Speaker will provide his own projector and screen and should be upgrading to a digital projector in the near future Size of Audience: Any Availability: Flexible, although the speaker does tend towards an evening session. Other Information: Back to Backs: See how court 15 survived the 1960s redevelopment. Speaker looks at life in the court during four periods in history - 1840s, 1870s, 1930s and the 1970s.
1. Extraordinary Lives of Ordinary People: an introduction to oral history (with audio extracts from the speaker's recordings of Birmingham life stories).
2. Living Back to Back. The speaker plays and talks about extracts from her audio recordings for the National Trust Back to Backs and from her CD “Memories of Back to Backs”. Fee: Negotiable. Equipment: Speaker provides own audio equipiment to amplify recordings. Size of audience: 100 people can easily hear the recordings. A larger audience would require further amplification. Availability: Some day-times; evenings; weekends. Other information: The speaker has recorded and edited life stories for many oral history projects, including the BBC's Millenium Oral History Project, "The Century speaks"; Birmingham Central Library's Millennibrum project and Digital Handsworth amongst others.
Over 60 dramatic lectures available
Local Subjects : 1. Titanic : The Midlands' Connection
2. When The Lights Went Out - Birmingham Goes To War
3. War In The Balance - Averys At War
4. Lunatick Astronomy - The Lunar Society & Astronomy
5. Vulcan's Temple -The Story of Soho Foundry
6. Life In The Balance - Birmingham Titanic Victim (W.E. Hipkins)
7. Herschel's Lunatick Friends - William Herschel's Midlands' Connections
8. Brunel's Leviathan - The Great Eastern Fee: £70 plus travel for non-commercial events. Fees to cover image and sound royalties. Equipment: All lectures presented via computer with music, audio, images, video and optical effects. Size of Audience: Any Availability: Any distance travelled Other Information: The Odyssey Class Dramatic Lectures specialise in science, astronomy and history. For further details contact Andrew Lound
Mary Quant, her career and clothes designs. Generally the 1960s to 1980s relevant to her career and designs. Mary Quant Designer Mini Car, concoursing etc. Fee: £50.00 plus travel @ 40p per mile after 10 miles Equipment:. Large table is required. Microphone if audience over 50 people. Size of Audience: 10 to 100 Area covered: Birmingham, West Midlands, Worcestershire Other information: I have a very extensive collection of Mary Quant clothes and memorabilia of which I carry a lot with me for demonstration purposes. My car has won numerous trophies and has been on the television 3 times. I have also done a radio interview. I am very passionate about my subject and this will come across when I do a Talk. My feedback is always positive.
Subjects 1. 'Genealogy' - four different talks available from beginners to writing your family history
2. Diary of William Lea
3. Stories Granddad Told
4. Local Murders of the Nineteenth Century (murders within the vicinity of the talk are chosen from a large collection)
5. My Father, POW in Poland
6. 'Read All About It. Snippets from the newspapers, late 1700's to early 1900's'
7. Local Rogues and villains of the Nineteenth Century (chosen for locality of talk)
8. The Revenge of Dr.Wilmore (a Victorian melodrama)
9. National Trust: a) A Quick Tour Around the Country and b) Family History Records of Hanbury Hall and Coughton Court
10. 'WW1' extracts taken from the War Illustrated, published at the time
11. 'Fact Stranger then Fiction' Aimed at writers this talk shows how old newspapers and registers can give ideas for stories or novels and help authentically set the scene for the period. Includes a workshop if wanted. Fee: Vary according to travel and size of group. £35.00 - £50.00, negotiable. No additional travel expenses. Equipment: No equipment required. Various illustrations are available for viewing and discussion at end of talks. Audience: Any size is acceptable. Availability: Available day or evening. Other Information: Speaker is a freelance researcher in family and local history. She is also a writer and has had four books published by The History Press - Worcestershire, a Family History Guidebook; Birmingham Murders and Crime; Warwick Murders and Crime and Coventry Murders. Numerous articles have also been published in genealogy and general interest magazines.
Subjects: • Family History: An Introduction
• Family History: Civil Registration
• Family History: Parish Records
• Family History: Interpreting Census Records
• How to research the history of your house
• Introduction to Palaeography
• Family History Workshops for families/children
• Victorian Child Migration Schemes / Middlemore Homes
• Death in the Archives (In preparation)
Fee: £25 per hour plus travel expenses Equipment: Digital projector and screen required Size of audience: Any Availability: Evenings and Weekends. Daytimes possible with enough notice.
Other Information: Liz Palmer is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and has
8 years experience working in Archives & Heritage at the Library of Birmingham. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Genealogical, Paleaographic and Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde.
Subjects: 1. ‘15 minutes of fame’ – old days/nostalgia talk, including humorous anecdotes of when Mum Kathleen won a date with Liberace, and own claim to fame as a trapeze artist in Skeggie at the same time as Ringo before he joined the Beatles. Interactive – inviting audience to share memories from the past.
2. Cats and kittens – the work of the local branch of Cats Protection. A volunteer for several years and now Branch Secretary. I also foster, make home visits and write press stories for the charity. Talk and materials can be adapted to suit schools, brownies, youth groups as well as adults.
Fee: £30 minimum (negotiable around audience size/travel distance) for ’15 minutes of fame’; a fair donation for the Cats Protection talk much appreciated.
Equipment - table and chair.
Audience size: Up to 50.
Availability: daytimes Winter, daytimes and evenings Summer.
Other information. Brummy born and bred. After school joined trapeze act, then went into admin work and teaching, followed by journalism – Daily News and Sutton Observer group. Now retired. Won the Blarney Stone award at Sutton Speakers Club. Achieved distinction in C & G media techniques, journalism and radio. Continue as a freelance writer for magazines covering human interest stories.
Chris Pitt 15 Cross Farm Road Harborne Birmingham B17 0NB Tel 0121 426 1877 Subjects The History of Horse Racing in Birmingham and the West Midlands. Fee: £30.00. Equipment: None required, speaker will bring own memorabilia. Size of audience: Any number. Availability: Subject to arrangement. Other information: The talks can take in most aspects of horse racing and be geared to specific localities. The length of the talk can be tailored to fit requirements.
Miss Jennifer Porter Email: email@example.com Tel: 0121 455 6266 Subject : The work of the charity SPANA (Society for the Protection of Working Animals Abroad). Fee: None, but donation to charity appreciated. Equipment: TV, DVD andVideo player, table for displaying 2 photos and a small selection of merchandise. Size of audience: Up to about 50. Availability: Daytime Mon. Tues. Wed. Fri. Within about 10 mile radius of Birmingham. Other information: Having been a supporter of SPANA for the past 11 years, I would like the opportunity of raising awareness and sharing the amazing work of this progressive and inspirational
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01827 735832 Website: www.poultonsmith.co.uk Subjects: 1. Origins of Place Names - Following an initial 20 minutes or so when I cover how I got interested in the subject and what it takes to research, and thus produce the book, I open it up to a question and answer session. This means the audience get the answers to the questions which intrigue them and not just those which interest me and also means the speaker has no more knowledge as to what is coming than the audience does, leaving plenty of opportunity for me to reveal my rather quirky sense of humour. 2. Origins of Pub Names - My talks last for approximately an hour, although with so many examples the list is almost endless. A brief introduction to the history and a look at the names developed, I examine a selection of local names before opening it up to a question and answer session. 3. Not the Normal Paranormal - Here the hour or so sees how I was introduced to the subject and began to write about same, how I research the stories, and my own experiences. A snippet or two from each of my paranormal books ends with the tale of the oddest of telephone calls (which I still don't understand) and then questions from the audience. 4. When Nature Calls - Pop to the loo, go, flush, wash. Nothing could be simpler in the modern world but it wasn't always like this. Our parents, grandparents, and earlier generations had to toddle off down the path to the privy at the bottom of garden. During warm summer days the hole in a board with no flush or sewage system sounds bad enough - but after dark and in the depths of winter armed with only a candle? A number of narratives from the Toilet Tales of Yesteryear and told as only the British can.
5. Animal Myths: a look at some of the quite ridiculous explanations given for the fauna we know so well. 6. Humorous Etymologies: we know what they mean today, but won't believe how some of these words began and in what context they were used. 7. Ley Lines: Examination of ancient trackways, how they were laid out and why. 8. Salt Routes: the original trade route, why it existed and why these routes are still in use today.
9.Watling Street: this famous 'Roman' road and why it is more than one road and was a road before the Romans were ever thought of. 10. When Nature Calls: the toilet, the history of the privy
11. The Saxon Era: a revealing look at the so-called Dark Ages, revealing why they were anything but 'dark'. 12.The Fastener Industry: an engineer's non-technical look at nuts, bolts, screws and washers. 13. Talking Butts: the many odd ideas, generally accepted as part of history, which have no basis in fact. Fees: £45 including travel Equipment: No equipment required other than a table to display my books. Audience size: Unlimited Availablility: Anywhere at anytime
Val Preece 16 Moorfield Road Shard End Birmingham B34 6RA Tel 0121 684 4971 Subjects
Pearl Workers of Birmingham
Coleshill Workhouse Fee: £30.00. Equipment: Screen required for the Coleshill Workhouse and Vauxhall Gardens talk. Size of audience: Any. Availability: Preferably daytime.
Subject 'The Secret Life of the Magician' Local Magician, Neil Roberts lifts the lid on the clandestine world of magic clubs and societies including anecdotes from his backstage career. 'The End of the End of the Pier Show' A review of British sea-side entertainment giving a nostalgic look back at an era that has all but disappeared. 'All Hat ~ No Rabbit' Neil returns to the world of magic for a sideways look at the history of the art. 'Pantomime: a Real Family Show' A look at this British seasonal institution from the early harlequinade to the big budget extravaganzas. Fee £45 (within the West Midlands) Equpiment None required Size of Audience Any Availability Neil is available at any time (last minute bookings available) Other Information Talks last up to one hour including magic performed live.
Emailinfo@teresinharoberts.co.uk Mobile 07979 770865 websiteteresinharoberts.co.uk
An allotment to dye for (grow and use natural dyes)
A true blue: woad and indigo
From nettles to soy silk: all about plant fibres
From angora to yak: all about animal fibres
The silk road to Birmingham from China (history of silk, rearing silkworms and using silk) Fee £85 per talk plus cost of public transport Equipment Will need 3 or 4 large tables Size of Audience No limit to the size of audience Availability Daytime and evening. Happy to travel by train within the UK Other Information Teresinha is an experienced speaker who enjoys talking to groups large and small about natural dyes and natural fibres. Her lively presentations tell the story of traditional dye plants and their use in textiles, with many practical examples. She also gives exciting talks on plant and animal fibres with a wealth of samples for her audience to see and touch. Trained initially as a Biologist, she later studied for a City & Guilds in Embroidery. She has been featured in the local and national media, including 10 minutes on a BBC Gardener’s World programme that has been repeated at least four times. She also helped organise a Radio 4 Gardeners’ Question Time Easter Special and appeared on BBC online.
Mr H M Scharf
175A Ulverley Green Road
Tel: 0121 706 1342
Write Back in Time (antique and collectable writing accessories)
Seeing is Believing (a hisory of spectacles)
Court in the Act (the crown court) Fee: As agreed Equipment: No equipment. Speaker produces samples Size of audience: Any Availability: Day or evening in the West Midlands Other Information: Speaker will liase with secretaries
Mr. Steve Short
Tel : 07803 125180
1. David Nixon : TV Magician Fee: £80.00 plus travel expenses. (About £30 to Birmingham and the Midlands) Equipment: Speaker will provide their own projector and screen Size of Audience: Any Availability: Please contact the speaker for further information
Mr John D Smith 359 Heath Road South Northfield Birmingham B31 2BJ Tel 0121 476 4741
Birmingham - A City in Music.
Bournville - A Village in Music
The Wonderful World of Cinema
The World of Musical Theatre (1896 - 1939)
The World of the Musicals (1940 to date)
The History of Broadcasting
Plus 21 other talks. Full list available in Archives and Heritage Service. Fee: No fee, but donations to St Mary's Hospice welcome. and the Birmingham Conservatoire Association. Equipment: The speaker brings his own equipment, but will require a 13 amp socket and a table. Size of audience: Any size. Availability: Any time, by arrangement, as the speaker is retired.
Philip Solomon PO Box 141 Willenhall West Midlands WV13 3QR Tel 07753211506
Various subjects, including:
Hauntings and ghosts in the Midlands.
The old Midlands days in a reminiscence manner.
Question and Answer Evening. The speaker ad-libs the answers to the audiences questions using Black Country lingo. Fee: £100.00 Equipment: Talks sometimes include slides or acetates. Size of audience: No specification. Availability: Not specified Other information: Philip Solomon is a medium, psychic consultant, astrologer, broadcaster, and Black Country character. In the past he has worked for TV and radio, particularly BBC Radio WM. He has an Old Black Country feature column in local newspapers. He also sings, plays the ukulele, is a published author and local historian. He is very happy to appear/contribute to media chat shows at home and abroad.
Mr. Michael Tessler
7/34 Sherbourne Court
Tel: 0121 765 4253
Astrology. The Signs of the Zodiac. What They Are All About Fee: £45.00 Equipment: Speaker provides equipment Size of audience: Any size Availability: Any time except Friday Other information: Mr. Tessler is an experienced public speaker and has specialist knowledge of many famous birthdays including those of film stars, footballers and politicians.The speaker is prepared to travel within a 15 mile radius of Birmingham city centre.
1. The Cadbury story
2. Memories of the 40’s,50’s and 60’s
3.A Day in the Life of a Seaside Hotelier 70’s and 80’s Fee: £45 inclusive of travel. Equipment: All equipment provided by speaker. Size of Audience: Any size. Availability: Any day, daytime/ evening within the West Midlands. Other Information: The Cadbury Story is a film plus a talk
Talks: 1. Birmingham's Free Churches and the First World War.
2. The Changing Face of Birmingham's Faith Communities, 1851-1892.
3. Marching for the King?, the rise of the Brigade and Scout Movements in Birmingham.
4. Education or Evangelism? The Early Adult Schools and Brotherhood Movement in the West Midlands.
5. I would also be happy to tailor talks to particular audiences e.g. look at how one denomination in Birmingham or Free Churches in a particular part of Birmingham responded to the First World War. Fees: Donation plus travel fares Equipment
I can bring a laptop for a Powerpoint presentation, but would need a Data Projector to be provided. Size of audience Any Availability Anywhere accessible by public transport. Any other information I am a part-time Modern History Student at the University of Birmingham. I am a member of the Centre for First World War Studies (http://www.warstudies.bham.ac.uk/firstworldwar/members/vail.shtml) and part of the newly launched 'Birmingham Speakers programme': (http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/community/speakers/profiles/vail-andrew.aspx)
Barbara Waller Orchard End 1 Wyrley Road Four Oaks Sutton Coldfield B75 6NN Tel and Fax 0121 308 3433
1. Mystery of Fauld - the biggest wartime explosion in British history
2. Daisy, Countess of Warwick - an enigma.
3. Hard Times - Diary of a Norfolk school master in the 1880s
4. Fascinating finds in English country churches
5. 'There's Gold in Them There Hills ' - the old Shropshire lead mines
6. Witley Court - Worcestershire's stately ruin
7. Bournemouth's story from Smugglers' haunt to prosperous resort
8. World War II on the home front Fee: £35 - £40.00 depending on distance, subject and audience. Equipment: No equipment necessary Size of audience: Immaterial. Availability: Day or evening. Other information: More details are held in the file in the Archives and Heritage service of the Central Library.
Subject Send A Cow is a Christian charity that provides direct and practical assistance to groups of poor farming families in sub - Saharan Africa. All beneficiaries receive a gift such as a - calf, cow, goats or apple tree seedlings, plus training in natural organic farming and animal husbandry. Support workers give advice and assistance until the farmers become self - sufficient. Fee: No charge for the speaker, although donations to Send A Cow will not be refused. Equipment: Able to show slides and provide projector. Able to show DVD or Powerpoint but equipment required for this service Size of Audience: No minimum number Availability: Evenings