I provide well-illustrated talks about a variety of subjects. I have all my own equipment including a digital projector, lap-top, screen and stand. (I just need access to an electric socket). I am a good, loud and clear speaker. I charge £60 for a talk plus milage from Eastbourne paid at 40p per mile. I am an accredited speaker for both East and West Federations of Womens Institutes but have provided many organisations with talks including Family History Groups, Rotary, Probus, Townswomens Guilds, U3A and church groups.
PLEASE NOTE I am taking bookings for 2021/2
I AM ABLE TO PROVIDE MY TALKS VIA ZOOM!
We are thinking of inviting you every year until your talks run out! – Ashburnham 2 at 1 Club.
Your knowledge was mind-boggling and your delivery was amusing and fluent – Seaford Heartease
Thank you for a most enjoyable and informative talk – Lewes National Trust
We wish that other speakers were like you – funny, interesting and super photographs and some potted history as well. We did enjoy ourselves and everyone has been full of your praise. – Midhurst U3A
Thank you so much for a most informative talk to our society – we had over 30 extra visitors – Hailsham Historical Society
Kevin is renowned for being a good speaker and always give fascinating talks – Ninfield History Group
Kevin’s lively style is enhanced by many historical photographs, some unique to his collection – Eastbourne U3A
We all enjoyed your talk so much and look forward to the next one – Hailsham & Hellingly Ladies Club
Thank you so much for the Lewes Walk. You were so informative and we got a lot from the day. – Crawley U3A
We cant thank you enough for your fantastic presentation. It was extra special and the staff and children were entranced by the information and photos you showed us – Seaford Primary School
I am 76 years old and have always hated history and never understood why people got so enthusiastic about it, until yesterday. I found your talk totally absorbing and it opened a window to me that I never imagined happening. – Robert of the Seniors Forum, St Leonards.
LIST OF TALKS
The Palace of Westminster
I am an accredited Guide for the Palace of Westminster and have taken thousands of people around the building. This popular illustrated talk gives a history of Parliament and the buildings which make up the Palace of Westminster. I mention the art and architecture of the building as well as information as to the traditions and workings of our parliament.
In the “golden age” of Postcards between 1904 and 1914, millions of postcards were posted every week and everyone had a postcard album. This talk tells the story of postcards and is illustrated with local examples. (Updated to suit your location) I show examples of postcard styles, artists and publishers and give hints on collecting and value.
The History of Policing the Railways
I retired from the British Transport Police in 2007 and was for many years was the Force Historian. The Railway Police is one of the oldest police forces in the world – indeed there were Railway Police before there were railways! This talk tells the story of how the force has developed and how it has pioneered many modern policing methods
The Eastbourne Police & Eastbourne Murders
The talk begins with a brief history of the Police Service in the UK and continues with the surprising reason why Eastbourne established its own Police Force. Many shocking murders were dealt with by the Borough police until 1968 when the force was amalgamated with the East Sussex Constabulary.
Sussex Gravestones and Graveyards
People have been buried in Sussex for thousands of years. I have toured Sussex looking for examples of odd and interesting gravestones and graveyards from simple wooden crosses to huge pyramids! I will show you how graves can assist with Family History research. An odd subject for a talk but one that people find interesting!
The Lost Village of Tidemills
Today, there is not much to see of the village of Tidemills which once stood between Newhaven and Seaford, but I have gathered a wealth of pictures and first hand information about this thriving community with its mill, children’s hospital and racing stables. The village lasted from the 18th Century until the Second World War when it was demolished.
This is a light-hearted talk showing some rather strange Sussex places and people. You will learn about the Zulu Hole, Pyramids, Stuffed kittens and Toad in the Hole and many more examples of old and new Sussex quirkiness!
Sussex in the Great War
Sussex has been on the front line of various conflicts but during the Great War the county was the venue of military camps, hospitals and air-bases. The talk focuses on the impact of the war to the people of Sussex, both the hardships suffered and the huge loss of life which all but one Sussex village suffered. I also mention the black soldiers and conscientious objectors who found themselves in Sussex.
I am a former Chairman of the Local History Society and regularly conduct tours around this beautiful village. But, if you want to stay in the dry I can provide an illustrated version of the tour showing some old views too.
What to see in a Sussex Church
I enjoy visiting churches and have toured Sussex photographing some of the quirky aspects of the buildings. The talk is well illustrated with details of the churches and some of the traditions associated with our country churches such as beating the bounds and church clipping.
A History of Seaford
A general history of Seaford from 60,000million years BC to the present day! There have been “nine ages” of Seaford History and Kevin gives an overview of each age along with introducing a local person from that time. I also have a number of special talks about the history of Seaford, these include “Seaford Schools” – “The Famous People of Seaford” “Seaford Museum” “A Military History of Seaford” and presentations about the “Crypt” and “St Leonard’s Parish Church” ask for details or any specific subject about the town you would like me to talk about.
I have a number of other well-illustrated talks including – contact me for details…
“The Early Railways of Sussex”
“The Cuckmere River”
“The Field and Place names of Sussex”,
“A Walk along Eastbourne Seafront”,
“An Eastbourne Family History”
“Ocklynge Cemetery, Eastbourne”
“Sussex – the Armistice and Beyond”
“Ellis Kelsey – A Sussex Photographer”