Tim Barney

Location: Evesham, Worcestershire
About me...

I’ve recently retired from a career in the IT industry, and have had a lifelong interest in military history and technology, across many historical eras and parts of the globe.  I’ve always wanted to share my passion with those around me, and have given informal talks on military subjects, for a number of years: so I suppose I must be one of those crazy people who actually loves public speaking!  Now I’m eager to expand my audience, and share all these amazing stories with local clubs and societies

About my Talks...

All my talks are designed for non-specialist audiences and are intended to appeal to men and women from every walk of life: when technical or scientific jargon is included, I always translate this into everyday language!  You will notice that most of my talks last a little longer than usual, this is because they include both the full background story, and all the detail that’s so important in helping history to ‘come alive’.  However if your timescale is restricted, I can also offer shorter condensed versions – see individual talks below for details.  All the talks are fully illustrated by PowerPoint slides.  I have my own laptop and projector, and only require a screen or other projection surface.

Fee:

I am new to the Public Speakers Corner website, so for any booking taken during 2019 (including any bookings for next year), I will charge £50 per talk, plus 45p per mile expenses, if I have to travel more than 20 miles from Evesham.  For bookings taken during 2020, the charge will rise to £75, plus travel as above.  I will be very happy to negotiate a fee for talks anywhere in the UK, on an ad hoc basis.

I am usually available at short notice, should you have an urgent requirement for a speaker

My Contact Details:
Phone:

01386 49119

07759 925829

Lock, Stock and Barrel (or ‘Bullets for Beginners’)

Public Speaker from Worcestershire Tim Barney talks about "Lock, Stock and Barrel"

An insight into the development of military small arms, from the fourteenth to the twenty-first century. The story of how the soldier’s personal weapon evolved from a crude black powder tube, that was almost as dangerous to the user as the target, to the sophisticated mass-produced weapons of today, is a fascinating and often surprising tale. Including both technical discussion and many historical examples, this talk offers a wide-ranging and comprehensive overview

Duration: 90 minutes, plus a short mid-point interval
Also available: condensed 60 minute version, this includes all the key episodes of the story, but omits some of the detail

The God of War (or ‘Bigger Bullets for Beginners’)

Public Speaker from Worcestershire Tim Barney presents his talk The God of War,

This talk examines the development of artillery weapons and tactics, from the middle ages to the present day. The title quotes the words of Josef Stalin, in describing the Red Army’s artillery arm. During this talk we will discuss the evolution of ‘the guns’ from the rock-throwing siege engines of the ancient world, to the multiple launch rocket systems of today, delving en route into the history of explosives, the castle architect’s response to the challenge of gunpowder bombardment, and the ingenuity of Sir William Armstrong

Duration: 90 minutes, plus a short mid-point interval
Also available: condensed 60 minute version, this includes all the key episodes of the story, but omits some of the detail

Destroyer of Worlds

Public Speaker from Worcestershire presents his talk Destroyer of Worlds.

This compelling talk lifts the lid on nuclear and thermonuclear weapons: the physics behind them, the design and operation of the weapons themselves, the various delivery and guidance systems, and of course what happens at the receiving end… For such a high profile and emotive subject, regularly the subject of ill-informed speculation, there is a surprising lack of knowledge about how these weapons work, and what they actually do. This talk aims to fill in those gaps, and thereby transform heat into light!

Duration: 90 minutes, plus a short mid-point interval
Also available: condensed 60 minute version, which excludes delivery and guidance systems

Mad, Bad and Dangerous

Public Speaker from Worcestershire,Tim Barney presents his talk Mad, Bad and Dangerous.

Yes, I know that’s what they used to say about Lord Byron – but this talk is about military ideas and inventions that turned out to be crazy, or useless, or just downright dangerous – and sometimes all three! A light-hearted look at a sorry saga of incompetence, short-sightedness and wishful thinking, plus a sideways glance at some other inventions that were perfectly serviceable in themselves, but ended up being used in the wrong way, at the wrong time or in the wrong place – and sometimes all three! As we often say about our own governments…how can they get it so WRONG?!

Duration: 70 minutes

Tim Barney Contact Details:
Phone:

01386 49119

07759 925829