Our incredibly knowledgeable museum team are available to speak to your group or at special events. We charge £75 plus the cost of return travel to your venue.

We also have an online talks programme.  Have a look at what’s on offer here and enjoy a streamed event, or book a speaker from the list of talks below, to attend your group.

Our talks

Hostile Environment: The British in Russia 1918 – 1919

The 11th of November 1918 wasn’t the end. It really wasn’t the end at all. Instead of returning home following the armistice, thousands of British soldiers were deployed to northern Russia; part of a multi-national force tasked with turning the tide of revolution. Carl Watts tells the little known story of how Britain played its part in the Russian Civil War, using personal archives from the museum’s collection to explore the complex positioning of ‘red’ versus ‘white’ at a time of enormous global social and political upheaval in the aftermath of the First World War.

This talk is also available online.  Find out more and access here.

Our forgotten war poet

Green Howards Officer, Herbert Read is commemorated in Poet’s Corner in Westminster Abbey. So why is this art critic, knight of the realm and writer so often overlooked in favour of the likes of Owen, Sassoon and Brooke? Was it because this intriguing Yorkshireman was also an anarchist? Carl Watts explores the military and cultural life and work of an extraordinary man.

This talk is also available online.  Find out more and access here.

Richmond Castle: prison of conscience

Richmond was an integral part of the prison system into which those who would not fight on the grounds of political or religious conscience were put. Taken to France and condemned to be shot, the story of the ‘Absolutists’ – those who refused, absolutely, to do anything that might further the war – is a fascinating chapter in the story of Richmond Castle.

The quirks and pitfalls of family history research

Anonymised to protect the innocent! The bizarre, humbling and truly awe inspiring stories that family history detective work has revealed. From seemingly harmless enquiries raising questions about parentage to revealing untold stories of service and sacrifice to tearful family members. Hear about the miracles expected of researchers on the basis of minimal evidence such as ‘my grandfather was short and missing a finger’, and the unexpected rewards when chance conversations lead to personal items being donated to the museum’s ever growing collection. Welcome to our own behind the scenes version of ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’

Finding Private Parker

In October 2015 we were contacted by the Ministry of Defence. Human remains had been found in a field to the north-east of Martinpuich on the Somme. With the remains were three sets of Yorkshire regiment shoulder titles, and a very distinctive shoulder badge. Steve Erskine reveals an incredible story of history, science and a hundred years of mystery.

Sighing for a soldier: the lure of the scarlet coatee

“She saw all the glories of the camp; its tents stretched forth in beauteous uniformity of lines, crowded with the young and gay, and dazzling with scarlet; and to complete the view, she saw herself seated beneath a tent, tenderly flirting with at least six officers at once.” Jane Austen’s description of Lydia Bennet in ‘Pride and Prejudice’.  The attentions of the local female population were just one of the attractions to men serving with the North York Militia in the 1800s.  In this talk, Lynda Powell looks at the pleasures, opportunities and pitfalls of life in the North York Militia.

The Green Howards and the First World War

A fascinating insight into the role of The Green Howards regiment during the First World War.
65,000 men served in the Yorkshire Regiment (The Green Howards) during the First World War. From 1914 to 1919 they fought in Belgium, France, Turkey, Italy and North Russia. By the end of the war 8,967 had been killed and 24,000 wounded – 12 had been awarded the Victoria Cross.  During this talk we will outline the experiences of those who fought and fell, served and survived during this turning point in world history.

This talk is also available online.  Find out more and access here.

Kaiserschlacht: two weeks which turned the war

The German offensive in the spring of 1918 so very nearly won them the war. Carl Watts looks at the action of this strategically decisive period in world history, the role of Green Howards soldiers on the Western Front at that time, and how the Allies started the process of snatching victory from the jaws of defeat.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss availability and book one of our speakers.