Speakers from Elsewhere

Derbyshire-based Julia Hickey is a writer, author and speaker on medieval, Tudor and Stuart History. Her talks include “Henry VIII’s Mistresses & Bastards”,” The Dissolution of the Monasteries” & “Anglo-Saxon Queens”.

Roger Butler is an Arts Society lecturer, and writes on countryside, canals and heritage. He’s a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, & a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society. We look forward to his canals talk in 2021

Mary-Ann Ochota will be know to most of you, being a presenter on numerous TV programmes including “Time Team”, and is the author of several books. We are very fortunate that she has found time to give us a Zoom talk in August 2021.

Michael Holland is a social historian, speaker and author, based in South Essex. His talks include “Terror in the Night: the 1953 North Sea surge” and “Weavers, Higglers and Moze Makers: Occupations in 18th and 19th century English towns”

Andrew Tatham is a military historian whose books “A Group Photograph” and “I Shall Not Be Away Long”, both on WW1, have both been widely praised, by Melvyn Bragg and William Boyd, amongst others. Originally from Surrey, he now lives in Norfolk.

Helen Frisby has a PhD on Victorian funeral customs, and is an expert on the history and folklore of death, dying & funerals. She lives in Bristol. We look forward to her giving us a talk on “Victorian Ways of Death” in 2022.

Charles O’Brien is the Series Editor for Pevsner Architectural Guides at Yale University Press and has was a Commissioner for Historic England. He can offer many talks on Pevsner and other architecture-based subjects.

Ian Ronayne lives on Jersey and specialises on the military history of the Channel Isles. His talks include “Jersey’s Occupation”, “Jersey’s First World War”, “Jersey’s fortifications” and “The Jersey Contingent in the Irish Rifles”

Essex based Mark Lewis is an ex-university lecturer, author, artist and designer-silversmith. He offers talks on lighthouses, Art Deco / Noveau, and “Smuggling Days and Smuggling Ways” which he will give us in 2022.

Sandy Leong is a lively and entertaining speaker with a range of talks all designed to both entertain and inform. Her talks include “A Nice Cup of Tea – A Potted History”, “From the Fury of the Vikings” and “What the Tudors Did for Us”