Speakers Available

The last hard copy list was produced in 2007. The new list will be delivered electronically and will be posted on this website without any restriction.

It will be revised continuously. The list includes individuals and organisations who are prepared to give talks on their areas of expertise relevant to Berkshire local history.

Inclusion does not imply recommendation. Speakers’ fees are not included in the list, and should be agreed between the speaker and the person making the booking.

If you wish to be included, or to change your entry, please go to the form and submit it for validation.

A list of talks that have taken place can be found on the Talks page

David LewisThe History of Old Windsordglx10@hotmail.com
The History of Eton before the College
Medieval New Windsor 1110-1548
Windsor's medieval hospital of St Peter
Windsor Castle 1100-1700
The great water conduit of Windsor Castle, a wonder of sixteenth century engineering
Life, work and death in a medieval town: Windsor in the Middle Ages
The scandal of the Windsor martyrs: protestants heretics of the Reformation?
The oldest profession in an old town: the long history of immorality in Windsor
Windsor's medieval town guild of the Holy Trinity
The life and times of Robert Tebbott: a nineteenth-century rags to riches builder, and friend of kings
Manfred BrodBerkshire in 16th and 17th centuries, especially political and religious history.01865 391507
Abingdon and Reading history.manfred@jessman.net
Dr Pordage of Bradfield and his mystical society;
Lord Craven of Hamstead Marshall and his troubles with the Commonwealth;
Henry Marten the regicide.
Leslie GroutSt. George’s Chapel01753 851947
Burial Grounds of London
Stan CornfordThree Berkshire Brothers Go to War,01344 422992
Henry the Carter,meteorology@ntlworld.com
A Walk Around St George's Chapel,Windsor Castle
Peter DelaneyA History of Wargrave,0118 9403121
Madame Tussaud is Buried in Wargrave? - traps for the unwary!,
Royal Blue - a history of the express coach operator
Ken and Jean FostekewThe aviation heritage of Berkshire and why there is an aviation museumThe Museum of Berkshire Aviation
in the county0118 934 0712 or 0118 944 8089
Peter HalmanThe Thames from Oxford to Windsor: shaping history through the centuries.0118 940 4500
A stroll in the park: the story of England's royal, private and public parks.prh@vinery.co.uk
John Harrison,English style bells & bell ringing (historical development)0118 978 5520
Living Heritage (history of ringing in Wokingham)jaharrison.me.uk/talks/
Brickwork (and how to read history in it)john@jaharrison.me.uk
Settle-Carlisle Railway (history and evolution)
Other talks (see website)
Elias KupfermannVanished Windsor - a celebration of the lost buildings and views of Windsor over the last 600 years01753 536143
Upton Park, Slough - the exploration and restoration of a Victorian landscape; e.kupfermann@btinternet.com
Archaeology and History of Taplow Court
Maidenhead Heritage CentreThe River Thames, from Cotswolds to the Sea;1628780555
The River Thames, from Henley to Windsor;info@maidenheadheritage.org.uk
Victorian Millionaires and their Riverside  Mansions;www.maidenheadheritage.org.uk
The Kennet and Avon Canal - the Water Road to Bath;
Slow Boat to Manchester: Voyage through the Canals of England;
Mother Flew Spitfires: the Amazing Story of the Air Transport Auxiliary;
The History of White Waltham Airfield;
Flying High: a Pilot's Eye View (includes aerial photographs, local,UK, Europe and further afield);
God Save the King! - Royal Connections of Maidenhead and District;
The History of Ray Lodge;
Maidenhead and the Movies, including:Hammer Horror,'Carry On Nurse'and Gerry Mr.Thunderbirds Anderson;
Are you Married? Or Do You Live in Maidenhead? - Centuries of Gossip and Scandal;
Doctor at the Dean: the Life and Times of a 1920s Village Doctor;
The History of Maidenhead's Hospitals.
Pax Payton-SmartLocal history of Calcot, Tilehurst, Theale etc. and History of Huntley and Palmers and other local institutions189424133
David PeacockThe history of NewburyPrehistory of the Newbury area01635 524017
The Seven Barrows at LambournHillforts of the Newbury areadpeacockhist@gmail.com
The Newbury area in the Roman period
West Berkshire in the Anglo-Saxon period
Place-names of West Berkshire
Norman West Berkshire
Donnington Castle
Jack of Newbury
The Tudor cloth industry in Berkshire
Tudor Newbury
Researching Tudor Berkshire
Transport in West Berkshire
Padworth House
Sandleford Priory
The Swing Riots in the Newbury area
Victorian Newbury
Newbury buildings
Phil WoodWest Berkshire War Memorials,01635 46497
Newbury Breweries,phil@burrell-wood.org.uk
Newbury Pubs & Inns,
Coaching Inns of Newbury,
The Almshouses of Newbury
The History of Nonconformity in Newbury
The House of Toomer+more family history 'how to' topics.
Jameson WoodersVarious aspects of local Berkshire history from the 16th to the 19th centuries,  based on research into probate inventories, hearth tax records,  parish registers and census records.0779 6048724
Family History and Genealogyj.d.wooders@gmail.com
English Folklore and Calendar Customs
Victorian Military Society (Dan Allen)"1914 Mobilization.”  This describes how the British Army went to war in 1914, looking specifically at the local county infantry regiment of the group to whom the talk is given.vmsdan@msn.com

“Women and the Victorian Army.”  This describes what life was like for soldiers’ wives and children in Victorian times, both at home and abroad, in peace and war.
“The Battle of Maiwand.”  An account of the defeat of a British force in Afghanistan in 1880 which inspired a poem by Kipling and a massive memorial in the middle of Reading.
“What did you do in the War, Granny?  - women in the Army in the First World War.”  A look at the women who joined the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps to do their bit in the First World War.
“The VC – Facts and Fancies.”  The story of the origin of the Victoria Cross and some of the more unusual stories that surround it.
“British Army Badges.”  The story behind the events commemorated on some famous military cap badges.  (This includes the Royal Berkshire Regiment.)
“The Pig War.”  A strange event in the 1850s, where Britain and the U.S.A. nearly went to war over the ownership of a tiny island and a pig.