Cruise Ship Speakers

Social History
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Stuart Andrews
Travel, Transport & Social Historian
Coming from: Bristol,  Somerset  UK
Stuart spent a happy childhood in the English county of Norfolk where his father ran a retail business. From an early age he was fascinated by machines that move and was an avid reader of transport history as well as up to date news on the very latest developments in cars, trains, ships and aircraft. Stuart specialized in a transport career. His series of talks provide an insight into all aspects of travel and transport.

Bill Belew
History and Impact of Social Media and Social Networks
PhD, Professor of Social Media Marketing
Coming from: Sunnyvale,  California  USA
Bill spent a half dozen years in the US Navy climbing the enlisted ranks and making the jump to Lieutenant where he served as a Surface Warfare, Communications and Intelligence Officer. After his military time, Bill spent nearly 20 years in the Far East – Japan, China, Russia and India where he taught university and created and grew his own language school throughout Japan and Far East Russia. Bill speaks to audiences of all sizes and has a network of 4000+ individuals who follow him in the Silicon Valley Bay Area to learn about Social Media and Internet marketing.

Jennifer Hastings Caithness
Social History & Destinations
British Social History & Literature
Coming from: Reading,  Berkshire  UK
Jenny is a museum and heritage site specialist, and social historian, who greatly enjoys delivering both enrichment and destination talks on cruise ships. Born in the Bahamas and brought up in England, Jenny lived and worked in Sydney, Australia, for five years after graduating from Southampton University. She presents an extensive range of talks on British social history and literature and on destinations in Europe and the United Kingdom.

Maurice Collins OBE, MA
Antique Gadget Collector
Coming from: East Finchley,  London  UK
Maurice has been collecting for over 35 years, unusual, ingenious and eccentric contraptions and gadgets that would have been used in everyday life, from the Great Exhibition of 1851 to the Festival of Britain in 1951. The collection is now around 1600 artefacts, all original and all distinctive, covering every aspect of social history and heritage. His presentations are always interactive, using the original artefacts to allow the audience to see, hold and attempt to discover their use.

Douglas J Eaton
Social, Cultural and Showbiz History
Coming from: Ashington,  West Sussex  UK
Doug's formative years were spent in Liverpool, where he became well known on the music scene of the 1960s. He played in The Cavern Club alongside The Beatles with his rock group, The Detonators. After university, he spent a successful international career in marketing and general management. He is a popular speaker with social groups, and has retained a passionate interest in music. His talks range from Madcap Inventions and Murder, to Pirates and Ages of Discovery, and Showbiz talks with musical accompaniment.

Sir Jeremy Elwes CBE
Social Historian & After Dinner Speaker
Coming from: Sevenoaks,  Kent  UK
An accomplished and entertaining speaker, Sir Jeremy did National Service with the Royal Army Medical Corps and then, although he qualified as a Chartered Secretary, he spent his working life with a trade and technical publishing company, in different roles and finally retiring early in 1994 as Human Resources Director (Europe). He presents a series of well-illustrated talks on a variety of subjects, such as the St John Ambulance Service and English traditions and politics, with enthusiasm and humour.

Peter Enser
Social history of information & communication technology
Coming from: Uckfield,  East Sussex  UK
Peter is Emeritus Professor of Information Science in the University of Brighton. He has had a long career as an academic, distinguished by his work with library, archive and computer science communities in semantic image retrieval research. Peter’s interest in information provision, communication and transport has continued into retirement. His fascination with the social history associated with these technologies provide a rich source of material for his informative and entertaining presentations, all of which are highly illustrated.

Patsy Erskine-Hill
Art History, Destinations & Social History
NADFAS Speaker; Prof of Italian literature; Masters Imperial Russia
Coming from: Charing,  Kent  UK
Patsy has lived in Spain, France and Italy, and holds degrees in French and Italian from Trinity College, Dublin, and a Masters in Economic and Social History from the University of Edinburgh, specialising in Imperial Russia. She has worked as a court interpreter and translator, taught Italian Renaissance and medieval literature and speaks fluent Italian, French and rusty Spanish as well as a little Russian. Her informative talks cover the history and art of Russia, Italy and England.

Karin Fernald
Actor & Social Historian of l8th & l9th Centuries
Specializing in Letters & Diaries
Coming from: London,    UK
Karin is an actor, writer and speaker, who researches and creates a vivid picture of a character and a historical period. She is a NADFAS speaker and is known for her entertaining lectures on writers and diarists from the late 18th and early mid 19th centuries, mostly connected with the arts. Extensive research into diaries and letters bring subjects to life. Lectures are illustrated by slides of contemporary pictures and portraits from a wide variety of sources.

Jean Finney
Historian & Ukulele Teacher
Coming from: Widnes,  Cheshire  UK
Jean's earlier career involved being a singer and writer of songs and monologues, with folk and country influences. She loves to sketch and paint, leads a very active and full life, and has a passion for history. She recently achieved an Open University degree in art and music. Over the last few years Jean has enjoyed being guest speaker for all kinds of groups, on topics widening to meet the demand for return bookings. Wherever possible, art, music and humour have been included.

Michael Fopp
Social Historian and Pilot
National Museum Director, Pilot & Historian. PhD, FRAeS
Coming from: Soulbury,  Buckinghamshire  UK
Michael is the son of an Australian Battle of Britain fighter pilot and grew up surrounded by aeroplanes. He has been a member of the elite Mounted Branch of London’s Metropolitan Police for over 10 years before being appointed Director of the London Transport Museum in 1985. He then went on to be Director of the Royal Air Force Museum. Since retirement in 2010 he has devoted his time to the Guild of Air Pilots & Navigators as well as lecture on transport and aviation history.

Derek Fraser
BA, MA, PhD, FRHistS
Coming from: Leeds,  West Yorkshire  UK
Professor Derek Fraser is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Teesside where he served as Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive for 11 years. He has had a varied career involving time as a schoolteacher, university lecturer, HMI, senior civil servant and deputy director of a polytechnic. He has been awarded professorships at three universities, Bradford, UCLA and Teesside. Derek has been lecturing in cruise ships since 2003 on a wide range of historical subjects. He is a keen bridge player and is a qualified English Bridge Union county level Tournament Director.

Jean Fullerton
Social History & Creative Writing
Coming from: Bedford,  Bedfordshire  UK
Jean was born and raised within the sound of Bow Bell’s in East London where her family have been for almost two hundred years. She has spent most of her working life as a nurse in the East End of London, first as a Sister in charge of a team, and then as a District Nurse tutor. She started writing ten years ago and enjoys all eras of history but is fascinated by the 18th and 19th century and many of her books have been set in this period.

Ann Gawthorpe
Writer & Journalist
How to write your life story.
Coming from: Bristol,  Somerset  UK
Ann is enthusiastic about helping people write their life story. Based on her book ‘How to write your Life Story and get it Published’, she has helped hundreds of people to preserve their memories for future generations through talks, workshops and courses as well as book sales.

Rachel Kolsky
Social & Modern Historian
Coming from: London,    UK
Engaging, knowledgeable and well-researched Rachel Kolsky is a prize-winning London Blue Badge Tourist Guide. Focussing on the 'human stories behind the buildings' Rachel's presentations are filled with images past and present, anecdotes and information imparted in a fun, informative and interesting way. From cinemas to shopping to famous personalities, memories of all aspects of London's rich and varied social history come flooding back. She is a trustee of her local independent cinema, The Phoenix, East Finchley. Rachel’s first book, "Jewish London", was published in March 2012.

Jeannette Kupfermann
Social Anthropologist, Broadcaster & Journalist
BA (Hons), Mphil
Coming from: Berkshire,    UK
Jeannette was best known perhaps as the television critic for the Daily Mail between 1980 and 1995 as well as popular columns in the Telegraph, Sunday Times, and her current pieces in the Mail and Mail on Sunday. She trained as an anthropologist specialising in religious sects and symbols, but then followed a career in Fleet Street. Her diverse range of talks cover topics such as anthropology of fashion, her Life in Fleet Street and the Meaning of Dreams.

Sandy Leong
Coming from: Loughborough,  Leicestershire  UK
Sandy Leong is passionate about the history that isn't in the history books. She is a lively and entertaining speaker bringing to life the origins of many things that we take for granted. She is also a trainer & published author and has had a lifelong career as an educator and developer of people; she is a qualified teacher, past CEO of a Racial Equality Council and guest lecturer at universities and colleges of further education. Sandy is an active member of the National Association of Speakers Club, holding the Advanced Speaker Award.

Rose Monk
Social Historian
Coming from: Dudley,  West Midlands  UK
Rose had been a guest speaker in schools, colleges, retirement villages and business groups for 15 years and for the last 4 years on small cruise ships, originally presenting her award winning documentary about Busby babe Duncan Edwards who tragically lost his life as a result of the 1958 Munich air crash, resulting in Rose winning Woman producer of the year. With a catalogue of over 50 lectures, each presented in a creative, informative and engaging manner, Rose will enhance any cruise. Rose also has travel and destination lectures relating to her many years travelling the globe.

Penny Morgan
Social Historian
Coming from: Andover,  Hampshire  UK
An early retiree from teaching after 36 years, Penny has always had a love of History and investigating the relevance of the past to our lives today. She finds the lives of Monarchs, including both the misery and majesty, fascinating. Penny is an engaging and experienced speaker who is friendly and confident.

Helen Pointer
Caricaturist & Artist
Coming from: Caterham,  Surrey  UK
As an artist Helen is quick to set her audience at ease and is marvellous at caricaturing. She provides an absorbing, effective and spontaneous style of presentation, using her art to exemplify her perceptive facilitation of group work. By pulling people out from the audience Helen guides you through personal impact and interpersonal skill areas whilst sketching humorous caricatures – it’s interactive, gripping and novel, and people come away understanding so much more about their choices. Helen’s starting points deals with the everyday issues that face us all.

David Price
Social Historian
B.A., M.A. Author of Cancan!; History lecturer for W.E.A.
Coming from: Rugby,  Warwickshire  UK
David specialises in well-illustrated, informative and amusing talks, often with film clips and musical extracts. He has a BA in modern European studies and an MA in Soviet history and politics. He is the author of a book on the French Cancan dance and his talks on the Cancan have proven very popular. He also covers a number of other aspects of France in the 19th century and has a range of talks on everyday life under communism in Eastern Europe during the Cold War. He is also an enthusiast for musical theatre, and other talks look at the social history behind well-known musicals.

Professor David Purdie
History, Philosophy, Literature & Humour
English & Scottish Literature, History and Philosophy
Coming from: Edinburgh,  Midlothian  UK
David is a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Edinburgh where he specialises in English (and Scottish) Literature; British History; and Philosophy. He has a particular interest in the literature and history of the Enlightenment. As a speech-writer and editor, he advises Members of the House of Commons and individuals in public life. He also writes the humorous column for the magazine Golf International.

Mike Rendell
Social Historian & Author
Eighteenth Century Social History
Coming from: Ashburton,  Devon  UK
After a thirty-year stint as a lawyer Mike retired to become a historian. He writes, blogs and gives talks on all aspects of life in the 18th Century. He is custodian of a treasure trove of old family papers – everything from shopping lists to recipes and household accounts, dating back to the early 1700s. His talks cover such questions as what did the Georgians eat and drink, what did they do for entertainment, and why etiquette was so important. He talks about everyday life in the England of Dr Johnson – and of Jane Austen.

Jane Robinson
Social Historian
Author specialising in social history through women's eyes
Coming from: Haddenham,  Buckinghamshire  UK
Jane Robinson is the acclaimed author of ten books and has been described by the BBC as ‘one of our most original and engaging social historians.’ She specialises in writing popular and accessible books about history seen through women’s eyes. Jane read English at Oxford; then worked in the antiquarian book trade in London, specialising in voyages and travel, before becoming a full-time writer and lecturer. She’s a frequent guest speaker at literary festivals, for national museums and libraries, university alumni groups, & massed Women’s Institute Federations.

Anita Sackett
Social Historian & Performance Poet
Coming from: Chelmsford,  Essex  UK
Anita was born in Northants and trained as a P.E. and English teacher before teaching in London, Wellington, New Zealand and Jamaica. Since retiring she performs and gives talks to many societies - U3As, W.Is ,Rotary, Over 50s clubs, History Societies, Essex Libraries and Drama Groups. Anita has talks about life in the 1940's and 1950's as well as poetry talks and performance.

Colin Shindler
Social History, Film, TV & Sport
M.A. Ph.D. (Cantab.)
Coming from: London,  -  UK
Colin Shindler has maintained an active interest in twentieth century American and British social and cultural history whilst pursuing a wide-ranging career as a writer and producer in television, radio and motion pictures, and as an author of books and journalism for forty years. He was awarded his Ph.D by Cambridge University and has been lecturing for the History Faculty there on film and history in the area of modern British and American social and cultural history since 1998. He has lectured on cruises both for Cunard and Swan Hellenic.

Jane Tapley
NADFAS Lecturer & Author
Special Events Organiser @ Theatre Royal Bath, Blue Badge Guide
Coming from: Bath,  Bath & N E Somerset  UK
Jane is a Special Events Organiser at the Theatre Royal Bath who frequently interviews actors, writers and directors such as John Major, Alec Guinness, Terry Waite, June Whitfield and Peter O'Toole to name a few. She is also a Blue Badge Tour Guide and long established NADFAS lecturer getting repeated invitations to return in UK, Europe and Australia. Her cruise lectures cover social history, theatre and literature.

Maggie Taylor
Social Historian & Toll Bridge Owner
Coming from: Whitney-on-Wye,  Herefordshire  UK
After a successful 25 years in business as a Business Leader and independent Entrepreneur Maggie and her husband, Grahame, bought a river side cottage in Herefordshire – oh and it had a Toll Bridge attached! Life then began to be a roller-coaster for Maggie and Grahame with no one day being the same. Four years on she says we are still learning! In her series of talks, Maggie recounts their adventures along the way.

Gillian Walnes Perry MBE
Social History & Destinations
Was CEO of the Anne Frank Trust UK for 26 years
Coming from: Southampton,  Hampshire  UK
Gillian was the CEO of the Anne Frank Trust UK for 26 years and is well known internationally for this. She retired from running the charity in 2016 and now lectures on the ‘Life and Inspiring Legacy of Anne Frank’, as well as other social history topics. Gillian has travelled extensively around the UK and internationally as a speaker and setting up educational projects and campaigns. She has met Presidents, Prime Ministers, royalty and people who actually knew Anne and have shared first hand recollections about her. She uses her engaging presentation skills to lecture on a range of popular social history topics, geared to the cruise destinations.

Ernie Warner
British Folklore
TD., MSc., FSS, Member of the Folklore Society
Coming from: Kent,    UK
Ernie is a well-known researcher and speaker on Folklore, as well as an accomplished performer of folk songs and dances. He has been entertaining cruise passengers since 2005 with his unique knowledge of past and present folk customs, song and dance. Most people believe that they have no knowledge of folklore, but once they hear Ernie’s talks, they begin to realise that we are all experts, because the subject covers not only song and dance, but customs, traditions, celebrations, legends, games, blessings, curses and much more.

Danny Wells
Architecture & Garden History
Breathing Life into History
Coming from: Ashbourne,  Derbyshire  UK
Danny celebrates the history of Victorian and early 20th century Britain, an age of great dynamism, change and contrasts. He is a qualified history teacher and has an MA in Architectural History from Keele University. Born and bred in the East End of London, this has been the inspiration for much of his historical research and writing. Danny set up ‘Breathing Life into History’ in 2004 which now offers over 25 talks about “unlocking the past”, discovering, stimulating and creating a greater understanding of architecture, art, local history, literary heritage and social history.

William Whobrey
PhD Medieval and German Studies
Coming from: Monterey,  California  USA
With over 20 years experience in ocean and river cruise lecturing, Bill Whobrey has brought to cruise guests the same expertise, enthusiasm, and dedication that have served his students at Yale and Stanford universities. Having grown up in Germany, his early interest in history, language, and literature propelled him to a PhD in Medieval and German Studies from Stanford University. Bill spent 25 years teaching and lecturing on topics ranging from medieval epics, Icelandic sagas, Viking history, to medieval manuscripts and books. With his engaging speaking style, lively presentations, and insightful commentary, Bill has enriched the experience of many cruise guests over many years.

Jack Wilson
Destination & Port Lecturer
Local & Maritime Historian
Coming from: Southampton,  Hampshire  UK
Jack spent most of his working life in Social Housing in the South of England, working for local Councils and Housing Associations. For the last several years he has been running his own consultancy in Housing Management and Care and has pursued a long-standing interest in Local History to qualify as a Green Badge Tourist Guide. Jack and his wife have always enjoyed travelling, and have been cruising since 2002. Jack has worked as a port lecturer and enrichment speaker talking on maritime subjects and social history.