The Outreach Speakers Group

Since the Outreach Speakers Group (formerly known as the Community Outreach Group) began delivering talks to interested organisations in 2011, it has, to date, received bookings for well over 500 talks to about 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 19 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 Outreach Speakers Group currently comprises 17 speakers: Peter Rees, Non Thomas, Richard Lewis, Liz McSloy, Ray Savage, Anthea Symonds, Rhian Rees, Nicholas Coles, John Ashley, Syd Howells, John Richards, Jeff Childs, Lynda Bryant, Bill Zajac, David Coley, Chris Jones-Jenkins, and Colin Wheldon James. Owing to health issues, Dr John Law has stepped down from the team, as has Bernard Lewis, because of family commitments. Sadly, two former members of this group, Rosemary Crahart and Sid Kidwell, passed away in recent years, but both were notable in their endeavours. In fact, Rosemary was our very first Outreach speaker, paving the way for the very successful team that has followed her.

Between them, the Outreach speakers have a stock of more than 100 talks covering a variety of historical topics – local, national and international – within many historical periods; 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 Outreach Speakers Group, please contact:


07971 665594

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Speakers Group information

Some recent talks