2020 – A Joseph Banks Bicentenary

Julie Smalley

North West
Notice Period:
Regular (more than one month's notice)
Paid: £70 + travel
13th March 2019
Australia | Plants | Adventure Travel

Kew Gardens, the RHS, Botany Bay, tea growing in India… the story of famous botanist Sir Joseph Banks is an exceedingly exciting one. Young, rich and well-connected this was one amazing trailblazer when he joined Cook’s Endeavour for the adventure of a lifetime. The round-the-world trip of 1768-71 kick-started a luminous career putting plants, landscapes and science at the forefront of learned society. The year 2020 marks 200 years since his death – but his legacy continues in many and varied ways. Avoiding ‘conventional’, dry biography this talk chooses the personable, the humorous, and the remarkable moments of a life which, whether we’re aware of it or not, we already know a surprising lot about!

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About Julie Smalley

History, travel and language combined are fascinating and fun. Join me for some exploring! Over several stimulating years I’m lucky to have excavated and interpreted a Roman-era dig, led guided walks, performed poetry in a Normandy village, and guested on regional radio. With an MA in Landscape, Heritage & Society (Liverpool) followed by an Advanced Diploma in Local History (Oxford) I have published over seventy articles, local to international. I set up ‘VITAL MINDS Lifelong Learning’ - a scheme to present social history in engaging ways especially for retirement villages. In addition I‘ve taught English as a Foreign Language courses in colleges, universities, companies, museums and youth hostels, and hosted homestay learners from Spain to Siberia. Cheshire-born, I grew up in Australia, worked in Sydney and London, and currently live near the scenic waterways of mid-Cheshire. I enjoy speaking to varied audiences which include family history & heritage societies, women’s clubs, WI, community groups, PROBUS, U3A, and cultural tours. My light-hearted, interactive talks always include a colourful display - and often come with added Antipodean perspectives. A history, travel and language sandwich!

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