Alan Barr has an abiding interest, some say passion, for 16th and 17th Century English history, with an emphasis on the Tudor period.
Although a non-Academic in this field, Alan’s accumulated knowledge is immense. To add to his continuing research and reading, he visits the UK and Europe twice yearly, attending historic sites, libraries and institutions, as well as participating and engaging in, small specialised historian led tours.
Building on communication skills drawn from his widely varied background, Alan then can clearly convey his knowledge of history to an audience.
Although recognized as an engaging and inspiring speaker on a diverse range of topics, including history and bird photography, it is in the history context that he excels. A captivating story-teller, he quickly establishes rapport with his audience, bringing historical figures to life and relating historical facts to contemporary issues. He uses rich graphics to demonstrate and provide focus.
As a resident of a large coastal resort village near Sydney, Australia, Alan has built a devoted following for his talks on Tudor history to residents and guests. These target audiences are 50+ English-speaking, well-educated people of enquiring minds. They say that they come to be entertained and informed and that Alan does not disappoint. His most recent series of six talks on Great Tudor personalities drew capacity audiences in the 70-seat theatre. To satisfy demand, the next series on Great Stories of 16th and 17th century British History commits Alan to present each topic twice. He also presents regularly to the local chapter of the University of the Third Age and to other community interest groups.
Talks are tightly controlled to 45 minutes; audience involvement is encouraged, and an important take-away message encapsulates each presentation.
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