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Talks & slide-shows about the Ouse Washes and surrounding areas


Introduction


I am now able to give the following illustrated (slideshow) talks to local organisations, groups and clubs at your chosen venue in Norfolk or Cambridgeshire. I can tailor the shows to range from 45 minutes to 1½ hours to suit your requirements.

I can offer a complete package including my own laptop computer, projector, sound system and screen (although I would prefer you to make a screen available if possible) .  All I need is access to a single 13amp wall socket within 20 feet - and parking close by to unload the equipment. I can also supply templates for a poster or a complete one incorporating your logo/name, date/venue, admission details, etc, ready for printing.

My fees range from £30-£45 per talk depending on the chosen duration and any changes to the standard content you may require and poster design, plus a contribution to my travelling exenses. Please email me (Eddy) in the first instance with a contact telephone number and I will phone you to discuss at a time convenient to you. If you cannot email, please leave a message on  07762 989 806. I look forward to hearing from you!



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first shown March 2016
audience of over 70 people
(poster by event organisers)

The Hovertrain Experiments


hovertrain talk
Available now - for details see intro above
The story of the rise & fall of Britain’s wheel-less “railway in the sky”, from conception and birth at Hythe on Southampton Water in the 1960s, to jubilation then death in the wet Cambridgeshire fenlands in the 1970s.

This show incorporates two short talks I gave in Oct 2015 about the work in the fens plus much additional material going back to the early days of the project in Hampshire. The current show contains new information about the research and trials in Cambridgeshire provided by engineers who worked on the project.

 

Drainage of the Middle Level


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From its creation in 1650 to the present time.

A story of hope and aspiration, human toil and misery, disaster and flooding, sluices dams and syphons, a pumping station and huge diesel engines, and ultimately the ultra modern and largest pumping station in Europe

In production. Due Summer 2016

 

The Old Croft River


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A little river with a big history.

From Littleport to Upwell and Wisbech

In planing. Due Winter 2016

 

The ins-and-outs of the Ouse Washes


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Where the water comes in and where it goes out, and how it is controlled and regulated - but much more too.

This is the story of the creation of the Hundred Foot Washes which today is commonly called the Ouse Washes, and its management from the days of the Earl of Bedford and his Adventurers in the 1650s to the present day top-heavy multi-tasking Environment Agency.

Due winter 2016

 

The railway across the Washes


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The Ely to Peterborough branch line was built in the 1840s during the early days of Britain's railway building mania.

The biggest challenge was the short length crossing the Ouse Washes and my talk concentrates on this section, although I do cover the history of the line as a wole.

The show should be of interest to many, but railway buffs in particular will appreciate the details of the locomotives and rolling stock.

In planing. Due Winter 2016

 

The Colony at Manea, and Vandervell's Lake


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Four stories in one show.

Manea Colony was a socialist utopia, a dream of a better way of life for working people in the 1830s/40s.

Vandervells Lake by contrast was a country retreat for a wealthy family wanting somewhere to hunt and fish or simply relax in the 1930-40s.

The show covers both, and how the first morphed into the second, plus a little of what happened in the hundred years between, and something of the period between the 1970s and the present day.

In planing. Due Winter 2016