Talks & Lectures

Andy travels the length and breadth of the country speaking at schools, conferences, museums, libraries and to specific groups. Increasingly, he is in demand abroad and has recently undertaken a second Canadian tour. Check out his forthcoming engagements on the events page. If you are interested in booking Andy as a speaker at your event, please fill in the contact form at the bottom of this page.

He offers a wide range of talks that can be adapted for various audiences and age groups. His talks on trauma medicine and changes in warfare are now particularly relevant for GCSE and ‘A’ Level  History students respectively. To illustrate his talks and engage with younger audience members, he can bring along some interesting World War One artefacts. An indication of audience suitability is now listed for each talk. Here is a list of his most popular talks,  including three new talks for 2017:-

 

NEW TALKS:-

The Year of Battles, 1917:  A Study of Arras, Messines, Passchendale and Cambrai

The Horse in War: A study of the horse in military history

The Kaiser’s Battle: A study of the German offensives of March – May 1918

 

Key topic talks for secondary schools:-

Developments in Trauma Medicine: The Royal Army Medical Corps in World War One

An excellent talk for Year 10 GSCE students studying the History of Medicine module.

“Thank you for a very enjoyable and entertaining talk yesterday. … You’ve generated a buzz among our students for medicine in the trenches.” Springwood School, King’s Lynn, Norfolk

The Changing Nature of Warfare 1790-1918

A fascinating look at military developments with particular relevance to ‘A’ Level students studying this module

 

Suitable for school and adult audiences:-

The Great War in Colour: The Real Experience of Trench Warfare

Everyday life for the average British soldier. A talk suitable for all audiences but a very useful introduction for Year 8 students who are planning to visit the Western Front battle sites

“Your talk on the Battle of the Somme from a different perspective was both thought-provoking and stimulating. The whole audience was gripped by your delivery , and you managed to pack in so much information in a limited period of time to great effect.”  Chairman of Association, Royal Corps of Transport

Not Just a White War: The Great War and Empire

How the Great War impacted on people across the globe

Filming War Horse, the Movie

A more light-hearted  and amusing talk in which Andy,  explaining his role as historical advisor on Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster, reveals how historical accuracy does not always win the day. Andy worked with the production team from the early days of script-writing to the last day of filming. He even managed a small acting role!

Bombs, Bullets and Bayonets: The Weapons of Trench Warfare

Illustrated with all the ‘inert’ weapons in question

Mud, Blood and Bandages: The RAMC in the Great War

The Great War in Colour: The Real Experience of Trench Warfare

Everyday life for the average British soldier

“Your talk on the Battle of the Somme from a different perspective was both thought-provoking and stimulating. The whole audience was gripped by your delivery , and you managed to pack in so much information in a limited period of time to great effect.”  Chairman of Association, Royal Corps of Transport

 

Suitable for adult audiences:-

Digging the Trenches: the archaeology of the Western Front

Based on 27 archaeological projects which feature in the television series ‘Finding the Fallen and ‘The Trench Detectives’

“Andy was great and got a very good response from the audience.” Wells-next- the-Sea Library

The Platoon: The life of Joseph Johns Steward on the Western Front, 1916-19

Based on an unpublished memoir and is a guide to researching a Great War ancestor

Ghosts on the Somme: Filming and photography of the battle June-July 1916

As featured on the ITV documentary ‘The Somme the real story’ for which Andy was lead consultant

WAACs and FANYS: The experience of women on the war front in the Great War

Mud, Blood and Bandages: The RAMC in the Great War

Feeding Tommy: Rations and Cooking on the Western Front