Lectures & Presentations

I'm a confident and lively public speaker with a 20+ year track record in delivering all kinds of presentations to very diverse audiences. Educated to Masters degree level, my experience ranges from 'hands-on' history sessions with junior school children through to formal academic lectures for university students.

So whether you're a local society looking for a speaker to fill a slot on your events calendar, a museum wanting hints on working with objects and interpreting them to the public, or an educational establishment looking for single sessions or modules in medieval history, Herstory can help! I can tailor presentations to meet your needs, and offer complete flexibility on delivery times (weekdays, weekends or evenings).

Fees are negotiable depending on what you require, but typically start around £40 for an evening session (1.5 - 2 hours); £100 for a half-day (4 hours); and £200 for a full day (8 hours), plus mileage at 40p per mile or 2nd class rail fare, if public transport is feasible and cost-effective. I operate mainly within an hour's drive-time from Wakefield (to minimise my travel costs and carbon footprint!), although may be able to travel further afield on occasion.

Below you'll find some examples of presentations I can deliver, although the list is not exhaustive - if you'd like something a little different, let me know.

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About to deliver 'A History of Chocolate' - with samples!

Illustrated Lectures on Wars of the Roses Themes:

A Fresh Perspective on the Battle of Wakefield: An in-depth examination of Richard, Duke of York's catastrophic defeat by Lancastrian forces on December 30th, 1460

From Wakefield to Towton: Charting events after the Duke of York's death at Wakefield: Mortimer's Cross and the Second Battle of St Albans

The Battle of Towton, 1461: How Edward IV crushed the Lancastrian army in the biggest, bloodiest battle ever to take place on British soil

Life and Times of Towton: A look at what ordinary people did/how they lived at the time of the Wars of the Roses

Towton: the Battle, the Battlefield and the Battlefield Society: A potted history of the battle, a photographic tour of the battlefield trail and related sites, and an introduction to Towton Battlefield Society

Extraordinary Women: Margaret of Anjou; Cecily, Duchess of York; Elizabeth Woodville; Margaret Beaufort - presentations can focus on any one or more of these major female players in 15th century politics

A Portrait of Richard III: An overview of England's most-maligned monarch. Was Richard just a hunch-backed, child murdering usurper - or was there more to him than that?

The Family of Richard III: A discussion of King Richard's colourful relations including his brothers Edward IV and George, Duke of Clarence

The Parents of Richard III: An in-depth look at the lives and characters of Richard, Duke of York and his wife Cecily Neville

The Reign of Richard III: An evaluation of Richard's career as monarch - an unpopular tyrant or 'Good King Richard'?

Bosworth and Beyond: Explores the road to Bosworth Field, the course of the battle and King Richard's posthumous fate

Illustrated Lectures on Other Periods:

Henry V: Hero or Horror? A reappraisal of the victor of Agincourt - was heroic Henry all that he seems?

Unfortunate Queens: Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard, Catherine Parr - an overview of the six wives of England's most married monarch, Henry VIII

Mary, Queen of Scots: One of history's most glamorous queens, was Mary a fool for love - or was her reign doomed all along by her family and nobility?

Marie Antoinette: An extravagant, frivolous drunken nymphomaniac - or the well-intentioned, naive victim of vicious libels?

Fish n' Ships: The rise and fall of Grimsby, once the greatest fishing port in the world

A History of Chocolate: The story of our favourite confectionery from the Aztecs to Victorian chocolate in museum collections

Medieval Show n' Tell Sessions (in 15th century costume using replica objects):

Wars of the Roses Re-enactment: A light-hearted look at our lifestyle hobby: how and why re-enactors 'live the history' and interpret it to the public

Medieval Costume: A top-to-toe look at what 15th century people wore, and how it was made

Wars of the Roses Weapons: The protective clothing and equipment of a medieval soldier - sword, dagger, longbow, crossbow

Ordinary Women: How lower to middle-class medieval women lived their lives

The Medieval Kitchen: A taste of 15th century cookery

The Medieval Garden: Plants and herbs for culinary and medicinal purposes

Period Sounds: An introduction to medieval music, including some simple recorder tunes from the 15th and 16th centuries