Talks for Adults

We are delighted to offer a number of talks for adults, whether you are a WI, U3A, another group or just a group of like-minded friends, our talks are aimed at you. Please see a brief description of the talks below then scroll down to see our frequently asked questions before contacting us to book a talk.

We accompany our talks with a small display of original memorabilia to interest you.

Upper Thames Patrol
The Upper Thames Patrol were formed in 1939 to protect the Thames (a natural stop line) in case of invasion in WW2. This is an interesting talk with very many original photos and amusing tales, please click here for more details.

Wartime Children
Perhaps you were a child in the war and want to go down memory lane or have an interest in history, this talk covers many aspects of life on the Home Front. It is presented in a interesting way using PowerPoint with very many original photographs, music and videos along with narration from us.

Women’s Voluntary Service (WVS) from 1938-1945
Over 1 million women volunteered during the Second World War, the largest voluntary force ever.  Why did the WVS start?  Who were the women who joined.  Not just tea and sympathy, learn about their work and some of the unexpected jobs they undertook.

WW2 Rationing & Cooking for Victory, A Fair Share for All
During this entertaining talk, using very many original photographs, we explore why rationing was necessary in WW2, how the rationing system worked, what was on ration and what foods were off ration.  Some surprising things the Ministry of Food tried to get the British public to eat, some definitely didn’t take off, others became firm favourites. Discover the cost of eating out and find out how the British public kept the country going with the Dig for Victory campaign, keeping chickens, rabbits and pigs in their back gardens.

Fun and informative demonstrations help to understand how rations could be stretched, wartime recipes, how to save fuel by using a hay box and how to make a proper cup of tea.

For face-to-face talks samples of wartime recipes can be available to taste at a cost of £1 per person, but these must be pre-ordered at the time of your booking.  Please note I have Food Hygiene and Allergy Awareness certificates.

How the Brownies Helped Win the War
Suitable for adults and children over the age of 10. Discover how thousands of Brownies were trained for war work and even worked for MI9 to help win the war with information only recently available.

1940s Girl Guides
Suitable for adults and children over the age of 10.  The Girl Guides had such extensive training for war work from serving refreshments to doing serious work in hospitals.  Learn about the vital tasks they performed and secret work for the Government.

1940s Boy Scouts
Suitable for adults and children over the age of 10.  Learn about how the Scout training programme helped the Scouts with war work.  With special emphasis on how some Scouts were recruited into Churchill’s Secret Army, the Auxiliers – spies and espionage.  Tales of bravery of Scouts during the war.

Talks by Zoom
Talks by Zoom are complete free, however if you would like to make a donation towards our running expenses, we would be grateful.  We ask that Zoom talks are not recorded or copied as this contravenes copyright.

We have our own Zoom license and can set up the talk invitation.  Please be assured that the Zoom invitations will not be shared to any third party by us.  The Zoom session will be set up 10 minutes before the start of the talk for you to ensure that all links work.
The talk will last for 1 hour but please allow extra time at the end for questions.
We are not able to do talks by any other platform, ie Microsoft Teams.

Face-to-face talks
We are very happy to come to your group to give a face-to face-talk within Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire or Berkshire. In addition to the talk we will bring a small display of related original memorabilia for the children to look at. 

A minimum of 45 minutes is needed to set up for the talk, which can be reduced considerably with help transporting from the car and if your hall has a projector and/or screen.  The talk lasts for 1 hour, but please allow additional time at the end for questions.

We are non-profit making and face-to-face talks are free, however we may ask for help with our travel costs and if you wish to make a donation to help with our other expenses (software and photo licenses, equipment, etc) it would be appreciated.

How do I make a donation?
Donations may be made using any of the following:
1. Bank Transfer:  HSBC
Mr B N Wiles
Sort Code 40-47-07
Account Number 31559990
2. By cheque to Mr B Wiles, 85 Church Road, Long Hanborough, Witney, Oxfordshire OX29 8JF

How do I book a talk?
Please e-mail with your request.  We aim to answer e-mails within 1 day.

What information do you need from me?
Your name, group name, address and contact phone number.
If you have a particular day, date or month in mind.
Approximately how many people are expected.