About The Speaker...
Author of three books about twentieth-century history – on Second World War secret sites, Nazi architecture and the stories of British places affected by news events. Available as a speaker on the subjects of his books and as an experienced chair and interviewer at literary festivals and cultural events. I have twenty-five years programme-making and journalism experience at the BBC plus eight years as a national museum director. I am based in North Yorkshire and available to give talks in person within a reasonable distance of my home but also by Zoom to anywhere in the world.
About Their Talks...
I offer four talks –
‘Secret Wartime Britain’ – the stories of hidden and concealed sites in WW2 Britain which contributed to the war effort with an assessment of how secret they really were and what has happened to them since 1945.
‘Relics of the Reich’ – a tour of the buildings and public spaces left behind by the Nazis in Germany and beyond and an examination of how modern Germany deals with this difficult and shameful legacy.
‘A Place in History’ – the stories of places in Britain touched by news events – what was the impact on these places after the news cameras moved on?
‘Inside the BBC’ – anecdotes and insights from my twenty-five years in the BBC plus thoughts on the future of the BBC.
I charge a basic fee of £75. In addition, I would normally charge mileage at 45p per mile for journeys beyond North Yorkshire but I am open to discussion on this.