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Talks

Talks

Janet provides a range of illustrated PowerPoint presentations, each lasting about 40 – 45 minutes allowing a short time for questions from the audience.

Talks are delivered using a laptop & projector.

Lecture fee: £35.00 for Small Local Groups
(Larger audiences and / or further travel by arrangement)

Biography:

Janet Cowlard trained as a home economics teacher, and up until taking retirement in 2010 was employed for over 12 years as a Training Services Manager for the charity Arthritis Care, training volunteers, staff and health professionals throughout the UK and in Australia.

She is an excellent speaker and has a wealth of experience of presenting to various TWG's, WI's, church and women's groups, cruise ship passengers, and at international conferences. Her PowerPoint presentations are inspirational, well researched, contain some relevant photographs, and are full of interesting facts and anecdotes. Audience members have said that they enjoy her enthusiastic delivery style, her infectious smile and cheerful disposition.

Since she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at age 21, Janet has benefited from seven joint replacement operations. Through 40 plus years she has overcome the difficulties caused by her disability, to become a respected expert in arthritis self/pain-management, and a positive role model.

She has been awarded the 'Citizen of the Year for Services to the Community', by the Lord Mayor of Plymouth, and the ‘Plymouth Women of Achievement’ Community award. In 2004 she embarked on a six-week Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to the west coast of the USA and Canada to study pain management programmes. This study led to her co-writing the internationally recognised and researched 'Challenging Pain' training programme, which is now being delivered throughout the UK and in Australia. Janet received her Winston Churchill Fellow medallion for this work from Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace in 2006.

Since retirement, she has developed a series of talks around a 'Royalty' theme. Janet's interest in the 'Royals' began after the Queen's visit to Plymouth in 1962. She has researched the 'Royals' from Q. Victoria to the present day, gathering a great deal of knowledge through her collection of royalty books, old postcards with a royal theme, and ephemera. She is a member and regular speaker at the RING Royalty group and the Plymouth Postcard Collectors Club.


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2016 - 2017
List of Talks available:

1. A WINDSOR FAMILY ROYAL SCANDAL
The presentation describes the consequences of this intriguing love affair and wedding of Edward, Duke of Windsor & Mrs Wallis Simpson, and is told through intriguing photographs and postcards of the time.
2. THE MYSTERY OF THE ROYAL LETTERS
Supported through photographs of Royalty, staff and people and places with Royal connections, the story of my investigation into five unsigned letters written on headed notepaper from Royal residences. There are references in the letters to the British, Dutch and Russian Royal Families. There is an exciting conclusion to my research.
3. ROYAL CHILDREN – AND THOSE WHO SHAPED THEIR FUTURE LIVES
My research is told through photographs & postcards about nannies, governesses, and tutors who influenced the lives of our British Royal children from Queen Victoria to the present day.
4. DEVON’S ROYAL VISTORS
This presentation is a pictorial look at the visits to Devon by the Royal Family, featuring several monarchs dating from the reign of William VI, Queen Victoria to our Queen and her family to the present day. The presentation includes interesting historical facts about the Royals and the events and places (many of those in Plymouth) that they visited.
5. THE DAY I MET THE QUEEN
The presentation tells the story behind Janet receiving a Winston Churchill Medallion from Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace. The history of Buckingham Palace is told through postcards and photographs, with interesting facts about Winston Churchill and his family who also attended the ceremony.
6. CELEBRATING THE QUEEN'S DEDICATION TO DUTY
My presentation told through an eclectic mix of photographs and postcards provides an overview of the important events (including those with Plymouth connections) which have occurred during her 90-plus years.
7. THE SEVEN WONDERS OF THE .... ISLE OF WIGHT
Using old postcards and images, I show how this famous Isle of Wight legend originated. The presentation includes interesting facts about the many famous people and Royalty associated with the Island.
8. THREE ROYAL WEDDINGS - THROUGH 3 GENERATIONS
Queen Victoria & Prince Albert’s love of Osborne House, their holiday home and rural retreat purchased for their growing family on the Isle of Wight. The background to the House, the events which took place there up until Queen Victoria’s death at Osborne in 1901 and beyond.
9. 3 SAXE-COBURG ROYAL WEDDINGS DURING THE 1800’s

Shown through old postcards and pictures. The history behind the love stories and marriages of:

  • Queen Victoria & Prince Albert
  • King Edward VII & Queen Alexandra
  • King George V & Queen Mary.
10. THE LIFE OF J.F.K.
Where were you when you heard the tragic news? Told through relevant photographs and postcards, the presentation tells the tragic events of President John F Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas, Texas on November 22nd 1963. There are images showing his background, marriage, family and career, ending with the legacy he has left to this day.
11. CECIL RHODES – HERO OF HIS AGE?

This presentation is about Rhodes’ life and legacy. He was an entrepreneur, financier, philanthropist, and founder of the De Beers diamond organisation.

It covers the part he played in expanding the British Empire in Africa, noting that he is the only British person to have had a country named after him.

12. FABERGÉ AND THE RUSSIAN ROYALS

This presentation reveals the turbulent lives of Empress Maria of Russia (Queen Alexandra’s sister) and her son, the ill-fated Tsar Nicholas II.

The Empress received the first Fabergé egg, and subsequent ones, and the talk includes many images of the jeweller’s remarkable craftsmanship.

13. THE ROYAL JEWELLERY ALPHABET

With many fascinating pictorial images, this explains the provenance of the Queen’s and other Royal Family members’ magnificent jewellery collection, which includes fabulous brooches, necklaces and tiaras.

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