Dr Frances Hurd

Location: Havant, Hampshire
About me...

As an experienced public speaker I am in regular demand from local societies, PROBUS groups, arts centres and Women’s Institutes amongst others. My PhD is in history: I was an Ofsted inspector for 19 years and also inspected schools in Abu Dhabi. I have continued historical research throughout my life.
I was one of the speakers in the Portsmouth D-Day Museum series of autumn lectures.

I live in Hampshire between Portsmouth and Chichester and am happy to travel anywhere within 30 miles to do day or evening talks, with the exception that from October to March I will only do evening talks within the triangle Portsmouth/Petersfield/Chichester (my night vision is not great!)

 

About my talks...

All my talks are illustrated by PowerPoint photographs. I have my own projector. Audiences need to provide a screen or pale wall for projection. I have done it onto a brick wall with a noticeboard in the middle but it did affect the quality somewhat!

Fee:

My fee is £60 if venue is within ten miles of my home in Havant, Hampshire.  Outside of that area, I require travelling expenses at 40p per mile.

My Contact Details:
Phone:

02392 471995

1. From Romans to Normans: the birth of the English Parish Church

Talk by Public Speaker Dr Frances Hurd - From Romans to Normans: the birth of the English Parish Church

Why do we have parish churches, and how did they develop? What did early churches look like, and where do examples survive? Are there any links between pagan sites and Christian ones?

 

2. Quakers at War: what do they do and why do they do it?

A talk by Public Speaker Frances Hurd - Quakers at War: what do they do and why do they do it?

In 1947 work of Quakers (Society of Friends) during the Second World War was recognised with the Nobel Peace Prize. Why did they receive it? What have Quakers done to help combatants and civilians during wartime, and when did they start doing it? And who are the Quakers, anyway?

3. Three talks on the fascinating Churches Conservation Trust churches in Wiltshire/Hampshire/Sussex.

Talksa by Public Speaker Dr Frances Hurd - Three talks on the fascinating Churches Conservation Trust churches in Wiltshire/Hampshire/Sussex.

The CCT cares for redundant churches which are of unique historical, archaeological or architectural significance. All are free to visit and situated in beautiful locations. Each talk covers the churches in a different county.

 

4. Penguins in the Desert: a glimpse behind the scenes in Abu Dhabi

A talk by Public Speaker Dr Frances Hurd - Penguins in the Desert: a glimpse behind the scenes in Abu Dhabi

A brief account of the extraordinary history of the United Arab Emirates, then: who are the Emirati and what are their lives like? Who else lives there and what are their lives like? What does the future hold?

5. Nineteen years at the Chalkface: confessions of an Ofsted inspector

Talk by Public Speaker Dr Frances Hurd -  Nineteen years at the Chalkface: confessions of an Ofsted inspector

What’s it like to have the incredible privilege of observing lessons: what I learnt from years in classrooms: and the funny side of inspection

 

6. Lives, Interrupted: ten young officers in the Great War

Talk by Public Speaker Dr Frances Hurd - 6. Lives, Interrupted: ten young officers in the Great War

The chance find of an evocative photograph launched me on a quest to trace the lives and deaths of ten men and their family before and after the war.

 

7. An Unwilling Puritan Martyr: the life of Dr John Bastwick

Talk by Public Speaker Dr Frances Hurd -  An Unwilling Puritan Martyr: the life of Dr John Bastwick

How an ambitious society doctor found himself in prison, suffered a breakdown, wrote a vicious attack on the Archbishop of Canterbury, and had his ears lopped off.

8. 'Who Did They Think They Were?' Adventures in other people's family history

Public Speaker Frances Hurd  talks about 

'Who Did They Think They Were? Adventures in other people's family history'

Every family has its hidden stories and all of them reveal fascinating insights into different areas and locations. Questions I have answered for clients include ‘Was my great-grandfather really Scottish?’ ‘Why was my grandmother not brought up by her parents?’ and ‘Is it true that my grandfather saved two men’s lives in the First World War?’

 

9. Satanic Mills and Vanished Lives: a Yorkshire tragedy

Public Speaker Frances Hurd talks about 
'Satanic Mills and Vanished Lives: a Yorkshire tragedy'

The story of John Stanhope is like a Thomas Hardy novel, where the hero overcomes massive obstacles, only to lose everything. Combining love, death and the textile industry, Stanhope’s history will fascinate audiences well outside the boundaries of Yorkshire.