David Williams

Details of talks given by David Williams


Organisation:
LONDON FOOTSTEPS
Region:
East of England
Notice Period:
Short (maybe less than one month's notice)
Type:
Professional
Biography:

I am a professional speaker and tour guide specialising in the history of the City of London. and have a BA (Hons) degree in history Birkbeck, London), an MA in sport history and culture (De Montford University, Leicester) and a second MA in heritage studies (University of East London).

I live in South Essex (SS1) but accept bookings from London organisation as well as those in the East of England (Norfolk and Suffolk)

All my talks are supported by well-structured and visually interesting PowerPoint presentations. I bring my own projector, laptop computer and screen (if necessary). I speak for between 45-60 minutes but talks can be adapted to suit the time available.

I am a story-teller in the true sense following a career in journalism and as a documentary film producer. Talking about London, its people, poverty, wealth, events, tragedies, disasters, curiosities and controversies are well-receiv ed by audiences who often share their own lives and experiences with me in question and answer sessions.

A selection of London talks include:

POUNDS, SHILLINGS AND POVERTY (Life in 19th century London); THE CITY LIVERY COMPANIES (ancient Livery companies of a movement which still thrives) THE GREAT FIRE OF L0NDON (A disaster for the capital that prove to be a big opportunity) SLAVERY AND THE CITY (Looking back at the stain on Britain's history). MIND THE GAP (Tales of the Tube); THE GREENING OF LONDON (How the City became one of the world's greenest cities); THE FLOW OF HISTORY (Why the River Thames was so important to London); THE THAMES ESTUARY (the mysteries, tragedies and disasters of the lower reaches)) FLYING THE FLAG FOR WOMEN (The challenge for equality in the 19th century) GOODBYE TO THE HIGH STREET ? (From small-town drapers to big city department stores)

Since accepting an invitation to become an occasional Guest Lecturer for a cruise ship company, I have added some new subjects to my catalogue including VIKING MYTHS, NEWSREELS AND REAL NEWS (the rise and demise of cinema newsreels) and destination talks on GIBRALTAR, AMSTERDAM, LISBON, MADEIRA, MALTA and CAPE VERDE.

During the pandemic when visits were impossible, there was a good response to the Zoom talks I gave.. Now that face-to-face talks have resumed I look forward to getting out and about more often although and giving talks on Zoom when required..

To contact David Williams select a talk listed below.

Listed talks

History
Online
POUNDS, SHILLING AND POVERTY (available as ZOOM lecture
LONDON FOOTSTEPS Tagged: London | Poverty | Philanthropy
East of England
History
Online
THE CITY LIVERY COMPANIES (available as ZOOM lecture)
LONDON FOOTSTEPS Tagged: Livery Companies | Education City Governance
East of England
Humanities
Online
SLAVERY AND THE CITY
LONDON FOOTSTEPS Tagged: Slavery | Finance
East of England
Travel
Online
MIND THE GAP (also available as ZOOM lecture)
LONDON FOOTSTEPS Tagged: Underground Railways | Tunnelling
East of England
History
Online
FLYING THE FLAG FOR WOMEN
LONDON FOOTSTEPS Tagged: Women Voting
East of England
Media
Online
NEWSREELS AND REAL NEWS
LONDON FOOTSTEPS Tagged: Silent Films Newsreel Cinemas Television
East of England
History
Online
GOODBYE TO THE HIGH STREET (available as ZOOM lecture)
LONDON FOOTSTEPS Tagged: Shopping; Department Stores
East of England
Nature
Online
THE GREENING OF LONDON
LONDON FOOTSTEPS Tagged: Horticulture
East of England