Delia Taylor

Location: Brenchley, Kent
About me...

I have been a speaker for over 15 years and in the past 4 years auditioned for both the West Kent and East Sussex Federation of WIs and approved by both. I have spoken at company AGMs, private clubs and numerous organisations.

About my talks...

My talks are PowerPoint based and fully illustrated with authentic audio-visual movie clips. I bring all my own equipment as necessary. I am available at short notice should your speaker be unable to attend a booking.

I can present any of my talks by virtual delivery  – Zoom




£80.00 + 35p per mile if travel is more than 10 miles from my home address in Tunbridge Wells,Kent

My Contact Details:

01892 722379

The Fabulous Fifties

A fun look back at the decade of the 1950s. We take a look at how we lived during this period in the UK including the fashions, wireless, television, films and of course the music – the birth of Rock & Roll which gave us such stars as Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly and Bill Haley.

The Glory of MGM's Musicals

The Glory of the MGM Musicals. In the 1940s and 1950s MGM produced some of the greatest film musicals ever seen. The Arthur Freed unit revolutionised how musicals were made, and signed up the top directors, choreographers, composers and lyricists of the era. The songs written for the films became classics and made stars actors and actresses appearing in them. You will enjoy watching clips from some of these great movies and learn about the trials and tribulations that went into these films. If you love film musicals this is the talk for you.

1930s The Golden Age of Hollywood

This talk is a wonderful opportunity to visit what is considered the golden age of Hollywood, when people visited the cinema to forget the impact of the Great Depression. It was during this period that the people flocked to see the Busby Berkeley musicals, the birth of technicolour and the first film from Walt Disney. Two of the greatest films in cinema history were made during this period. There are lots of clips of the stars and music of this era and you can wallow in pure nostalgia. A real treat for film fans of this era.

The Story of ENSA – “Every Night Something Awful”

When WWII was declared, the government felt entertainment was important to keep up people’s moral. The Entertainments National Service Association was set up and entertainers were encouraged to join; over 50,000 answered the call.

So join me and enjoy a trip down memory lane learning about the artists who would become household names and loved by millions of troops fighting around the world.

The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and its Influences

This talk is a feast for the eyes. We look at the formation of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and at the paintings that made them famous. The brotherhood led to the Arts and Craft Movement in which William Morris, a great friend of the members, embraced their art through textiles and wallpaper. Eventually it became so popular that it was copied by architects, jewellers, interior and fashion and evolved into the style known as Art Nouveau.

The Roaring Twenties

Relive the decade of the four F’s – Fashion, Flappers, Film and Fun. Learn how younger generation wanted to forget about past traditions of behaviour and instead wanted to ‘Live for the moment’ following WWI. We see how The Bright Young Things went too far and made themselves unpopular with the general population. Find out who the stars of Hollywood were and the music which defined the era as well as the change in fashion. A light hearted talk with short videos which will have you on the edge of your seat.

The Impact of World War I on Women

the role of women was strictly in the home and being educated or holding down a profession was not encouraged. This talk shows how WWI changed that and women were at last welcomed into the workplace. After the war, with the fight for women’s suffrage being high on the agenda, things were never the same and we look at how women fought on and how things stand in the present day.


Victorian London Street Life

This is a fascinating insight into how the poor people of London lived and survived in the late nineteenth century. The fear of the Workhouse with personal stories and details what sort of food was popular and the plight of working children are just a few of the topics covered. We follow them throughout a typical day, ending in a Music Hall.


What people say about my talks....

Delia’s presentation on  ‘1930 The Golden Age of Hollywood’ did not disappoint!  From start to finish she had us spellbound with the information she had researched, from the tragic to the hilarious.  Who would have known that she was a distant relative of Cecil B DeMille, one of the most influential filmmakers in history.
We also enjoyed watching some of the great dance routines produced by musical choreographer Busby Berkeley. Included in the talk were many original film clips, which by today standards look stilted but fun all the same. Interestingly the reason why Cary Grant became a film star was because Mae West took a shine to him and made him her leading man!  The time went very quickly as it was so enjoyable and as always to Delia’s high standards.  Sue Hollings – West Kent WI Adviser

Delia came to talk about The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and its influences and  her Power Point Presentation is stunning. Delia clearly loves her subject and her enthusiasm is infectious.  She kept members enraptured for 45 minutes and left the best till last.  Recommended.  Bromley Over 60s 

We invited Delia to come and talk to us on Victorian London Street Life. Her talk had been painstaking researched and is further enhanced by a series of compelling illustrations. Her presentation is slick and informative culminating in some light-hearted audience participation. A thoroughly enjoyable and informative topic – highly recommended. President – Goudhurst WI

Delia’s talks on Women in WW1 are very informative and interesting. She has an engaging style and draws you into the subject matter. She includes interesting facts and delivers them in a way that keeps the audience riveted. Delia is certainly one of the best speakers we have had at our WI meetings. President – Matfield WI 

Delia came to talk to us on The History of the Blue Cross Animal Charity. It raised every emotion possible, from how the charity cared for the working horses of London to the plight of the horses in WW1 and the work of the Blue Cross during that conflict. And we all fell in love with her old dog who slept quietly at her feet throughout her talk. We were so impressed that we booked her immediately for one of her other talks. Rye Friendship Club.

Delia Taylor Contact Details:

01892 722379

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