Hereford Guild of Guides

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Booked Talks

Booked Talks - Available throughout the year


We offer Booked Talks for groups and organisations that may like to have a guided tour brought to your venue. You can make a booking for any date throughout the year. We offer fully illustrated slideshows to suit your particular needs including Historical Hereford, Hauntings and Horrors, Elgar in Hereford and Famous People from Hereford.

Our latest offerings are:

The Kembles of Hereford: birthplace of a theatrical dynasty

Historical City Talk

Alfred Watkins 1821 - 1935 Talk

Æthelflæd, Lady of the Mercians

A Herefordshire Aircraft Crash and The Death of Stereo

Agriculture & Industry


Please see below for more information about these themed walks.

For those organisations and groups planning bookings please contact the Booking Secretary   via email or call 07947 924494 to discuss your requirements. Alternatively you can place your Booking online using the "Book Now" button on your selected talk.

What our Customers Say


"Thank you so much for coming to Malvern to give us such a fascinating insight Into Aethelflaed…what an amazing lady! Everybody loved it and thought that you were very professional and spoke so clearly." Malvern April 2024

"It was good to meet Laura last night and to hear her talk. It was amazing and so interesting. As she said we all knew snippets but it was the extra bits that brought it all to life. Many people said how much they enjoyed it. Thank you very much for coming out to Breinton and we look forward to hearing you again." Breinton November 2023

Booked Talks

The Kembles of Hereford: birthplace of a theatrical dynasty

Description

When Roger Kemble left Hereford to find a troupe of actors in 1751 he completely fell in love with the theatre. He also fell for Sarah (Sally) Ward, the daughter of the company's manager and they were soon married despite her father's strong objections! But what happened next was extraordinary and led to the rise of a theatrical dynasty who were to dominate the English stage for decades to come. Their eldest daughter Sarah, became Sarah Siddons, recently hailed as "..the most significant actress of all time" while their eldest son, John Philip became known as "the first actor of the world". Their story is also part of Hereford's story and this talk will explore how it too played its part in the arrival of the 'acting profession' in England.


Price of Talk

£60,00


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Historical City Talk

Description

This talk is available throughout the year. Duration 1 1/2 hours.An introduction to this ancient border city of Hereford, whose position in the borderland between England and Wales made it strategically important to the Saxons, the Normans and their successors. The location and founding of Hereford will be explored with stories of the cathedral, the castle and the city’s medieval defences.


Price of Talk

£60,00


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Alfred Watkins 1821 - 1935 Talk

Description

Hereford born Alfred Watkins was an amateur historian, photographer, inventor, experimental archaeologist and discoverer of ley lines. The talk will take you to his birthplace, school, home, locations of interest and examples of his photography.


Price of Talk

£60,00


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Æthelflæd, Lady of the Mercians

Description

Æthelflæd, Lady of the Mercians, daughter of King Alfred the Great, Anglo Saxon Queen in all but name. She was instrumental in restoring the Mercian territories seized and occupied by the Vikings, and she lay the foundations for the first unification of all England under her adopted son, Æthelstan. A woman in a man’s world, what kind of woman was she? How did she gain the respect of the powerful lords over whom she governed? How did she succeed where her father failed? This illustrated talk attempts to shed light on this fascinating woman and her life.


Price of Talk

£60,00


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A Herefordshire Aircraft Crash and The Death of Stereo

Description

An illustrated talk of about 45 minutes on a World War 2 aircraft crash in Herefordshire. The Halifax bomber was on a top secret mission and sadly all eleven men on board died. The cause of the tragedy was not made fully public until the 1970s. You will discover why. The project associated with the flight helped shorten the war and bring victory to the allies. It also left a lasting legacy which we all enjoy today.


Price of Talk

£60,00


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Agriculture & Industry

Description

A city talk that focuses on the story of Herefordshire agriculture and the industries it generated over the centuries. The industrial revolution may not have left much of an impression but the farms and their produce certainly have. Hear about Ryeland sheep and Hereford cattle, bricks and tiles, gloves and hats, cider and hops, saffron and grapes. From the ancient forests that the Iron Age hilltop dwellers and Lord Nelson knew through to the polytunnels of today, take an alternative view of this historic city.


Price of Talk

£60,00


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