The Yorkshire Speakers Directory

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Subject Areas:History, Public Services
Name & Location:Mr Michael  BEVINGTON Harrogate
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Subjects: The talks cover Fountains Abbey, The Studley Water Gardens and the Studley Deer Park. They describe how, why and by whom this World Heritage Site was developed.

I also give talks for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, which includes an up to date description of the work which this important emergency service provides.
Availability & Fee:AnytimeNone
Areas Covered:North Yorkshire only
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Subject Areas:Astronomy, Science
Name & Location:Mr Martin  LUNN MBE  Earby
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Subjects:A Ramble through the Solar System

Take a journey to explore our local star, the Sun, together with eight planets, some which were known to astronomers living thousands of years ago and some that have been discovered in more recent times. We will learn about their moons together with the smaller bodies; the dwarf planets, asteroids, comets and meteors that complete our solar system.

Anglo-Saxon Astronomy

The Anglo-Saxon period is often known as the Dark Ages because of the lack of information we have about this period of time, but astronomically it could not be more interesting. During this time there were several major events with global effects. It was a time of diverse views about the heavens in Britain, with Celtic, Greek, Saxon and Viking ideas all competing with each other.

Asteroids, Comets and the Death of the Dinosaurs

The Earth is near missed virtually every day by asteroids or lumps or rock, and some small ones do hit the Earth to be seen as spectacular fireballs burning up in the atmosphere. A fifty metre wide comet hit the Earth in 1908 over Siberia, destroying over 80 million trees. Sixty five million years ago a six mile wide asteroid crashed into the Earth and wiped out the dinosaurs. When will the next one be?

Astronomy before the Telescope

We are used to hearing of fantastic discoveries made today by astronomers using powerful telescopes. Astronomers from around the world have studied the night sky for thousands of years. Using very simple equipment they made many fantastic discoveries, and some things they got very wrong. This is their story.

Astronomy in the Mediterranean

Many great civilisations flourished in the ancient Mediterranean. This talk takes us on an astronomical journey to Egypt, Greece, Mesopotamia and the empires of Byzantium and Arabia. We will also visit Europe during the Renaissance. These were very different civilisations, each with their own interpretation of the night sky. Our modern view of the stars and constellations was shaped in this diverse part of the world, and the study of the oldest of all the sciences is still being undertaken in this region today. This is the story of Astronomy in the Mediterranean.

The Sun and the Northern Lights

Our local star, the Sun, dominates everything in the solar system. Worshipped as a god from the earliest of times, at one stage astronomers believed that people lived inside the Sun! Today our knowledge of the Sun has dramatically increased. The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, are caused by flares coming from the Sun and striking the Earth. However, there is a potential danger because if these flares are powerful enough they can overload the very sensitive electronic equipment we rely on today. It has happened in the past and will probably happen again in the future.

John Goodricke and Edward Piggot: The Fathers of Variable Star Astronomy

They were an odd couple. John Goodricke was deaf and unable to speak, and Edward Piggot dressed like a dandy, but for a brief moment in time from 1781-1786 they changed the face of astronomy. They discovered stars that changed in brightness and explained why this happened. Goodricke would die before his twenty-second birthday and both their lives could have been written into a soap opera. This is the story of the Fathers of Variable Star Astronomy.

Our Neighbour The Moon

Fascinating us since the beginning of time, the Moon was even worshipped as a god in the past, for the protection its night-time light gave to ancient people. At one time, people thought that there were oceans on the moon and that creatures might live there. Today the Moon is a dead world but it is the only place apart from the Earth where people have set foot. Join Martin for a fascinating exploration of the Moon?s history.

Space in the 1960s

The space age began on October 4th 1957 when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik; the first man made object to be placed in orbit around the Earth. In the 1960s there was spectacular progress in the exploration of space. Robot space craft explored the Moon and the planets Venus and Mars, and in 1969 Men walked on the Moon. The 1960s saw the beginning of our attempt to cross the final frontier; the conquest of space.

Swept Under the Carpet: the forgotten story of astronomers Edward Crossley and Joseph Gledhill

The West Yorkshire town of Halifax was dominated by textile mills in the 19th century. Crossley Carpets made carpets which were exported around the world. What is less well known is that Edward Crossley and his employed assistant astronomer Joseph Gledhill had an observatory with the largest reflecting telescope in England. The two astronomers made massive contributions to the study of astronomy and after their deaths, Crossley?s two big telescopes, the 36 inch Common reflector and the 9.3 inch Cooke refractor, continued to be used in astronomical research.


On July 10th 1962 Telstar, the world?s first telecommunication satellite was launched. It allowed live pictures to be beamed around the world for the first time. From its first broadcast, which caused a row between France and England, to its early demise in 1963, Telstar?s story was eventful and ground-breaking.

A Very British Meteorite

In 1881 a team of workmen on a railway line near Middlesbrough had a close encounter with an intruder from outer space when a meteorite crashed onto the track. That meteorite has now become known as one of the most important on Earth. Join Martin for the curious and entertaining story of the Middlesbrough Meteorite.

The Barwell Meteorite

?Twas the night before Christmas? and the festive season of 1965 would be like no other when, above the small Leicestershire village of Barwell, a very large turkey size meteorite was about to crash from the sky. This is the amazing story of the Barwell Meteorite.

The Pluto Story

Discovered as a planet in 1930 then relegated to a dwarf planet in 2006, Pluto has set astronomers many problems about its size and what kind of planet it really is. It was only in 2015, when the New Horizons space craft flew past Pluto, that we began better to understand this small world at the edge of the solar system. Join Martin to find out all about this small body with a big story.

The Star of Bethlehem

It is a star that most people have heard of, yet we know virtually nothing about it. Was it a miracle, was it a myth or was it a genuine astronomical event? This is an astronomer?s view of what the Star of Bethlehem could have been.

Thomas Cooke: Telescope Maker to the Empire

Born into a poor family, this is a rags to riches story about a self-taught man who would go on to become one of the greatest telescope makers. He built what was at the time the biggest telescope in the world, made a telescope for Prince Albert and even built steam cars.

Viking Astronomy

The Vikings have acquired the reputation of being barbaric marauders. What is less well known is that they were very good astronomers. They produced their own maps of the night sky and have their own myths and legends to describe the sky. In this talk we will go back to the year 912 AD; a very good year to have been an astronomer, and we will look at the night sky as the Vikings would have seen it.

Women Astronomers

Few people realise just how much women have contributed to astronomy. Astronomy is seen as a male dominated science, yet over the last 4,000 years women have made many of the most important discoveries in astronomy - only for men to take all the credit! This is the women?s story.
Availability & Fee:Anytime£40.00 plus travel
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: S, PS, F, EClick for requirements explanation
Subject Areas:Motorsport, History
Name & Location:Mr Paul  ADEY Mexborough
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Subjects:History of the motor industry (in two parts) - Britain
History of the motor industry (in two parts) ? Europe
History of the motor industry Part Five ? United States
History of the motor industry Part Six ? East Asia
History of the motor industry Part Seven - Early Motor Racing
History of the motor industry Part Eight - The Land Speed Record.
Engineering Oddities
The Life & Works of Rudyard Kipling - 1865 - 1936
Black Gold
The Battle of Jutland.
Nautical Novelties
The Story of Energy
Availability & Fee:Anytime£40.00 online, £50.00 in person
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: All my own equipment, FClick for requirements explanation
Subject Areas:Charities, Health, Public Services
Name & Location:Miss Kerri  WHEELER Bradford
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Subjects:Marie Curie, we provide care and support for people living with any terminal illness and their families. We've been carrying out this vital work since 1948, last year we helped more than 60,000 people across the UK.

We are one of the leading end of life and palliative care providers and our service range from nursing care, hospices, research, information and support line to petitioning the government to change how we support those living with a terminal illness and their families and carers. During the Coronavirus pandemic, we have been working flat out in partnership with the NHS to ensure we can respond to stop them from being overloaded. Freeing up intensive care beds needed for coronavirus patients and exploring all the options to ensure we can be there to support dying people, families and the NHS.

A global pandemic clearly makes living with a terminal illness even more complex, our services are needed more than ever to give support at a very unknown time and to ease pressure from the NHS.

As a charity, we want to raise awareness of the services we provide, how people can access them and how individuals can get involved. All our talks are free.

Our talks: Across the Yorkshire, we have Marie Curie Speaker Volunteers and Community Fundraisers who can deliver free virtual talks using Zoom and other platforms.

Marie Curie Speaker Volunteers: Our volunteers are individuals who are passionate about the charity and the work we do across the Yorkshire and the wider UK. They all support Marie Curie and have different experiences of the charity either through the services we provide or through volunteering.

Community Fundraisers are the key link to the local communities and the charity, enabling supporters to fundraise or volunteer. They are knowledgeable about the charity's activities and direction, as well as what is happening in local communities.

We have given talks to a wide range of different community groups such as Rotary, WI, Brownies, U3A, faith groups and schools. Our talks will range between 10 minutes to 45 minutes depending on your needs.

All our speakers aim to give you an insight into the support Marie Curie gives to families facing terminal illness. They will tell you about the services we offer, our history, the current crisis we face and our future ambitions to address this.

Please note, at present, we are only offering Virtual (online) talks in line with the government guidance and to ensure our speaker\'s safety; but we do hope to be able to attend group meetings in person in the future. We will update this page to let you know when this can happen.

If you want to discuss the possibility of a talk please do not hesitate to contact our Speaker Coordinator Kerri Wheeler
Availability & Fee:Anytime Talks by Zoom onlyFOC
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
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Subject Areas:Family History, History
Name & Location:Mr Alex  DE GIERKnaresborough
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Subjects:One hour Powerpoint presentation on my house, its owners, its occupants and their family histories highlighting the more interesting people linked to the occupants of the house.

The story links the house to The Indian Mutiny, the early establishment of the Labour Party, submarine torpedo development, the Brooklyn Overhead Railway, the invention of the telegraph and the development of Clacton on sea as a holiday resort amongst others.
Availability & Fee:Anytime£50.00 or £40.00 online
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: HDMI, Projector & ScreenClick for requirements explanation
Subject Areas:Business, Inspiration
Name & Location:Mr Duncan  STEVENSNottingham
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Subjects:Duncan Stevens is a master influencer, founder of the Influence Association, and author of best-selling influence book Effective Influence.

As a professional keynote speaker, he offers a range of keynote speeches in which he shares insights and applications that you can apply in your personal and professional life to make you a more influential and effective individual.

With over 10 years? experience in the field, Duncan offers a range of keynote presentations all underpinned by science and his unique Effective Influence Model as well as his immersive influence experience.


Duncan shares his Effective Influence Model (EIM) which will take your influencing, persuasion and sales conversion skills to the next level.

Duncan details powerful, practical persuasion tools, techniques and principles to ensure you increase your effectiveness in your personal or work life.

You will personally experience these techniques in practical examples to demonstrate how powerful they are.


Duncan shares his Effective Influence Model (EIM) for leadership for influence which can be implemented immediately

He lifts the lid on practical body language strategies relevant to leadership, to make you more persuasive and effective

Duncan shares the influential leadership language which will allow you to empower, engage and motivate others.


Learn how to apply Duncan?s Effective Influence Model to increase sales, traffic and online conversion rates.

Duncan shares influence tools and techniques you can apply right now to enhance you marketing strategy to communicate more persuasively.

Duncan shares some cutting edge behavioural science to show your team what to do and what to say to maximise their marketing effectiveness


A 45-minute influence and persuasion based stage show which uses the skills and techniques Duncan shares in his keynotes and masterclasses

This is a high energy, high entertainment show and compliments the keynote or masterclasses extremely well with a 100% emphasis on fun.

This is a professionally produced show that Duncan has performed internationally and in theatres, globally, customised for the corporate market.
Availability & Fee:AnytimePOA
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: S, PS, EC, OHP, T, Not all are necessary, F, EClick for requirements explanation
Subject Areas:Culture
Name & Location:Miss Laura  PUSEYHuddersfield
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Subjects:Dying & Bereavement
D.I.P.ism the transition of death is a process that starts before the diagnosis and continues way past the moment we lay our bodies aside. Death is part of life and is to be recognised as an essential process that we will all encounter at some time. 
In the West, death is largely feared and so society rarely supports conversations about loss, it seems to be a taboo subject until someone you love dies. 
Likewise advanced preparations are seldom made for our passing, nor that of those we love. So when we do experience loss, we often find we are not adequately equipped with the tools that help us to navigate this period of deep sadness.
Availability & Fee:Evenings & Weekends£150.00
Areas Covered:West Yorkshire only
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Subject Areas:Aviation, History
Name & Location:Mr Alastair  GOODRUMSpalding
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Subjects:1. School of Aces: The RAF Training School that helped win the Battle of Britain; RAF Sutton Bridge in peace and war, 1926-1946.
2. Through Adversity: The story of life in the RFC and RAF from 1912 to 1967, seen through the flying lives of three operational pilots.
3. Balloons, Bleriots & Barnstormers: Daredevil men and women pioneers of the air. Air circuses and air shows in the east of England, 1783-1939.
4. Women in Aviation: A selection of women from the world of aviation, who have made contributions to its development during the past 200 years.

Availability & Fee:Anytime Talks by Zoom only, one hour length£70.00
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
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Subject Areas:Transport
Name & Location:Mr Stuart  LINES Pudsey
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Subjects:The rise and fall of the Bradford canal. How the canal system reached the city of Bradford and why it died. Includes a virtual walk to see what is left.

What a way to run a railway. A review of 200 years of muddle and mismanagement of the UK's railway system. A chance to see that incompetence is nothing new.
Availability & Fee:Anytime£50.00
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: S, PS, BOClick for requirements explanation
Subject Areas:Health, Walking, Countryside
Name & Location:Mrs Deborah  NORTHKirkby Stephen
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Subjects:Stile free walks in the UK
Dealing with adversity
Travelling Coast to Coast in a wheelchair called Harriet
Creating a countryside For All
Availability & Fee:By Arrangement Any venue needs have have wheelchair access£200.00
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: S, BO, F, EClick for requirements explanation