Elizabeth Edwards

Illustrated Talks

Talk 1 - A 1960s Childhood

Talk 2 - A Family History Talk

Talk 3 - The Five Garden Festivals of Britain 1984 - 1992

Talk 4 - The History of Teddy Bears and Teddy Collecting

Talk 5 - Ireland, in words and pictures

Talk 6 - Hands Across the Channel

Talk 7 - Bruges and Belgium

Talk 8 - A Talk for November

Talk 9 - The History of Meccano - by Timothy Edwards

New Talks - Possible New Talks for 2022/23


 

Talk 1 - A 1960s Childhood

An hour of pure nostalgia !

A presentation given by myself (Elizabeth), or jointly with my husband Timothy, or by Timothy on his own. Each presentation will be tailor-made to fit the organisation we visit and the length of talk requested.

The general format will be similar to my Teddy Talk. There will be some historical/ product talk about a display we bring which could include dolls, meccano, trains, comics, craft work, Bayko, books, games, fashion, kitchenalia....... well a selection of all things 60s, including some working model toys.

 

Photography © T Edwards

 


 

Talk 2 - A Family History Talk

Ever thought about tracing your family tree but don't know where to start?

Getting started - where to find your ancestors in records - find more than just names and dates - build a story of your ancestor's life.

Using BMD records, census etc , I will give hints and tips to help you trace relatives back to around 1842. I will tell you interesting stories of how I put together my findings so that I can research the lifestyles of my ancestors ... Family History – not just names and dates!. For WI and ladies groups I will aim to include stories about female ancestors (not necessarily mine).

 

 


 

TALK 3 - The Five Garden Festivals of Britain 1984 - 1992

Tram at Glasgow

The Secret Garden at Glasgow

The Glasgow Garden at Stoke-on-Trent

Colour at Gateshead

Come with us on a nostalgic tour of the five sites -

Liverpool, Stoke-on-Trent, Glasgow, Gateshead and Ebbw Vale

Talk extensively illustrated by slides

Photography © T & E Edwards

 


 

Talk 4 - The History of Teddy Bears and Teddy Collecting

A Hundred Years of Teddies - some of my teddies have agreed to come with me!

 

Photography © T Edwards

 


 

Talk 5 - Ireland, in words and pictures

 

Photography © T & E Edwards

 


 

Talk 6 - Hands Across the Channel

An illustrated journey through Sussex & Kent to North East France

 

Photography © E Edwards

 


 

Talk 7 - Bruges and Belgium

 

Photography © E Edwards

 


 

Talk 8 - A Talk for November

This talk has been devised with Remembrance week in mind .....

The Romans and Normans come to Britain;

The two World Wars - Normandy Beaches, Ypres, family history (this section can include a time for silent reflection if in early November);

A final section on history, heritage and tourism in Normandy and Belgium.

 

Photography © T Edwards

 


 

Talk 9 - The History of Meccano Ltd.

Elizabeth's husband Timothy is a very keen Meccano enthusiast.

Timothy, together with his friend David Dalton, present a talk on the History of Meccano Ltd. Whilst primarily concentrating on the Meccano construction system, it does cover most of the products manufactured by Meccano.

Copiously illustrated by Powerpoint and a large display of Meccano and other Meccano Ltd products.

 

Photography © T Edwards

 


 

Possible New Talks for 2022/23

1. Cruising in Northern Europe

2. Folk Museums in Northern Europe

 

Photography © T & E Edwards

 


For further details contact me by e-mail

All talks normally last around an hour, but can be adapted to suit your requirements.

Bookings now being taken for 2020/21 - Northallerton, North Yorkshire and Teeside areas.


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