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The Community Outreach Group of Speakers
Since the Community Outreach Group began delivering talks to interested organisations in 2011, it has, to date, received bookings for about 550 talks to approximately 120 societies.
When we began, we imagined that we would be speaking only to district historical societies as we thought that other organisations wouldn’t be so interested in historical topics. The truth has proved to be very different. Among the groups to whom we’ve spoken, there have been 22 historical societies, with the others comprising associations such as Women’s Institutes, Mothers’ Unions, men’s societies, ladies’ groups and guilds, retirement fellowships, heritage societies, libraries, arts groups, Probus, Rotary, Soroptomist International, U3A, WEA, groups of disadvantaged people, and other social societies. All of this is very satisfying and proves that history is of interest to many sections of society.
The Community Outreach Group currently comprises 17 speakers: Peter Rees, Ray Savage, Non Thomas, Richard Lewis, Liz McSloy, Anthea Symonds, Rhian Rees, Nicholas Coles, Syd Howells, John Richards, Jeff Childs, Lynda Bryant, Bill Zajac, David Coley, Chris Jones-
Between them, the Outreach speakers have a stock of well over 100 talks covering a variety of historical topics – local, national and international – within many historical periods, and these talks are delivered in a friendly and informative manner. After their talks, the speakers are willing to answer questions and take part in discussions. The Outreach speakers don’t seek a fee, but in the event of an organisation wishing to offer a fee or a sum to offset the speaker’s expenses, it is the individual speaker’s choice whether to accept or not. Some of our speakers redirect the fee to Branch funds as the Historical Association is itself a charity.
If your organisation needs to book a speaker or requires further information regarding the Community Outreach Group, please contact:
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Speakers Group information
Some recent talks