Private Talks

We offer talks to clubs, societies, schools and Scout and Guide groups on a variety of subjects, both local history and ones of national and international interest.

Some of the subjects we can offer are:-

Local history

  • Medieval Dunstable
  • Dunstable’s Augustinian Priory
  • The King’s Weighty Matter (the annulment of Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon which happened in Dunstable)
  • The California Ballroom
  • The Queensway Hall – Punks, Wrestling and Tattoos
  • The History of Dunstable’s Railway
  • The Grammar School, Dunstable
  • From Maidenbower to a Royal Village; an early history of the Chalk Hill settlements
  • 100 years of the Royal Air Force; the Dambusters raid and some local aviation heroes
  • Dunstable Downs, a history from knolls to gliders
  • A Mish-Mash of Dunstable’s history

Other talks

  • The Sinking of the Lusitania – bigger than Titanic?
  • The Luton Peace Day Riots, when the Town Hall burnt down
  • Luton, cars, planes…and hats!
  • The Suffragettes
  • Margery Kempe, the noisy pilgrim
  • Interesting Ladies
  • Margaret Beaufort, Tudor matriarch
  • The Bolter, the life of a scandalous flapper
  • Battersea Park & Funfair
  • ‘Oh I do like to be beside the Seaside’ – a history of the seaside holiday
  • The Very Capable Brown – Lancelot, his landscapes, his trees and his water
  • Unwrapping Christmas – it’s customs and traditions
  • My Journey with Captain Charles Tanqueray Baker

If there are subjects you would like a talk about but they’re not on this list, please ask us, we may have a Guide who would be able to give a talk or can put you in touch with someone who can.

Schools, Scout and Guide groups!  If you are in the local area we offer free talks on local history subjects.

We charge £40 for a talk, with a small mileage charge if your venue is over 8 miles from Dunstable, but please contact us if this would present your group a problem.

If you are interested in having a talk, please email us via our Contacts page for further information.

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