Lectures and Speaking

LECTURES AND TALKS OFFERED

Speaking at 10 Downing Street                                  (right - Mrs Samantha Cameron)

I am a popular and in demand speaker, having spoken in locations as diverse as 10 Downing Street in London and the United Nations in New York. I can speak to large community, corporate and educational audiences on a range of topics connected to the life and times of Anne Frank and my 25-year experience of educating about her. I also offer lectures on fascinating social history topics.

My talks and lectures are tailored for audience profile, nationality, age and time restraints. Usually 45 - 60 minutes in length, and given with a richly illustrated Powerpoint presentation. All talks, speeches and lectures can be delivered without images and can include a Q&A.

The two lectures on Anne Frank's life and legacy van be combined into one.

  • The world’s most famous diarist - Anne Frank, Her Life 

I have worked with the story of Anne Frank for 30 years, both in the UK and internationally, and have a unique insight into her life and times. While building the Anne Frank Trust, I have been privileged to meet some of those who knew Anne Frank and who have quietly shared their personal memories with me, as well as hundreds of Holocaust survivors who had parallel experiences to those of Anne Frank and some of whom were with her in the concentration camps.

I take the story of Anne’s life through her family background in Frankfurt, their flight to Amsterdam, Anne’s emerging personality as a popular and irreverent school girl, her desperation in hiding (as described to me by the family’s courageous helper Miep Gies), her physical and emotional transition into an adolescent and her developing moral framework, which has proved to be an inspirational to millions. I describe Anne’s tragic and poignant last days, including from first hand witnesses.

Through the years, Gillian has become an international figure associated with the legacy of Anne Frank. She is like no other individual. Lisa S Hoffstein, Director, Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, New York

You are such an inspirational person and I am so glad to know you. Cathy Cassidy, best-selling author

  • The world’s most famous diarist - Anne Frank, Her Legacy 

Opening with an introduction to, or reminder of, Anne Frank’s life and death at the age of 15 at the hands of the Nazis, this lecture covers the remarkable story of how Anne’s magical thread has woven itself around the world. From the hard fought publication of Anne’s diary in 1947 (and how it so nearly didn’t happen), to the creation of the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, and the effect of learning about Anne Frank on millions of people around the world, some in desperate and difficult situations. It contextualises the Anne Frank educational projects against the background of world history over the past 30 years and explains the impact she has had in some of the world’s most turbulent and violent regions.

I will also talk about some of the remarkable people who have been involved in my work, including Nelson Mandela, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Steven Spielberg, A-list stars such as Audrey Hepburn and Angelina Jolie, music legends and royalty. There will be surprising insights into all these people and my encounters with them.

I describe the unforgettable night attending the 1996 Academy Awards in Hollywood together with Miep Gies, the courageous helper of the Frank family in hiding.

  • Tea Anyone? The Social History of Afternoon Tea

How tea drinking was first introduced into England, and how afternoon tea was popularised and became the social institution of the UK.

Using vibrant on screen displays, this talk includes the introduction of delicious tea menu items; the customs and etiquette surrounding afternoon tea; examples of the finest silver and porcelain tea ware, and the rise of public tea rooms and tea dances. (During national Afternoon Tea Week, I was interviewed by six BBC radio stations about the history and etiquette of afternoon tea, as well as writing articles for newspapers and websites).

"Gillian was a fantastic speaker providing a thoroughly well researched, entertaining and interesting foray into the customs and history of tea drinking, the origins of afternoon tea and some informative and amusing anecdotes about the customs and rituals which we have to this day as we enjoy our tea and sweet treats.  A really fabulous afternoonCathy Mosley, Live, Laugh, Love

  • The Fascinating Lives of the European Royal Families

This lecture, explores how the European monarchies are interconnected, how they were created, their links to the British royal family through Queen Victoria, as well as focusing on some fascinating characters in the royal families of Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands and Belgium, past and present. Some inspiring, some controversial and some surprisingly racy lives are covered.

  • Why are you wearing that? The rise of leisure time and leisure wear

This lecture explains the introduction of clothing suited to leisure, sports and holidays. We now take leisure wear as part of life, but how did informal and practical leisure clothing come about?

As leisure time grew, and women could join men in undertaking sporting and leisure activities, clothing was adapted for both sexes. This lecture covers Victorian seaside and the earliest sportswear, the introduction of trousers for women, and the evolving of leisure wear throughout the 20th century.

There are interesting insights for both men and women.

Speaking to Year 8 students

LECTURES AND SPEAKING

A selection of my previous  and forthcoming talks

'The excellent turnout of students on a week when they have several major assignments due is a testament to the esteem with which they hold you and your knowledge of all things Anne Frank. My students have benefited enormously from your knowledge and expertise and your willingness to answer their questions'. Dr Jennifer Craig-Norton, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Southampton

May 2015    Thought Leadership Breakfast at the Dorchester Hotel London - keynote speaker

August 2015    Magna Carta 800 Human Rights Festival Lincoln - keynote speaker

September 2015    Panellist at Anti-Semitism debate, House of Commons, Westminster

November 2015    Keynote speaker at Association of State Girls’ Schools national conference, London

January 2016    Annual event to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, speaker

April 2016    David Posen Jewish Community Center Orlando Florida

January 2017    Henrietta Barnett School, London - Anne Frank

February 2017    University of Southampton Department of History - Anne Frank

February 2017    Bedfordshire Police Anti-Hate Crime Conference - keynote speaker

March 2017    Hampstead Garden Suburb Society - Social History of English Afternoon Tea

March 2017    P&O world cruise - Anne Frank, Her Life and Legacy; Surprising History of Leisure  Wear; Social History of English Afternoon Tea

May 2017    University of Southampton Department of History - Anne Frank, Her Life on Film

June 2017    Hanbury Manor Hotel, Ware, Herts - Social History of English Afternoon Tea

August 2017    Leeds Castle, Kent - Social History of English Afternoon Tea

Dec 2017    P&O Aurora cruise - Anne Frank, Her Life and Legacy; Fascinating Lives of European Royal Families; Social History of English Afternoon Tea

January 2018    P&O Arcadia cruise - Anne Frank, Her Life and Legacy; Fascinating Lives of European Royal Families; Social History of English Afternoon Tea

January 2018    Bedford Holocaust Memorial Day - Keynote speaker

March 2018    Green House Hotel Bournemouth - Live, Laugh & Love group Social History of English Afternoon Tea

April 2018    Council of Christians & Jews seminar - 'Anne Frank, Her Life and Surprising Global Legacy' keynote speaker 

May 2018    P&O Azura Western Europe cruise - Anne Frank, Her Life and Legacy; Social History of English Afternoon Tea

June 2018    Master of Ceremonies at the Spirit of Anne Frank Awards in New York

July 2018    Sapphire Princess cruise - Anne Frank, Her Life & Legacy; Northern European Royal Families; Social History of English Afternoon Tea

August 2018    Kent Women in Rural Enterprise - Motivational Talk 

August 2018    Woburn Abbey - The Social History of English Afternoon Tea

August 2018    Kenwood House Hampstead - The Social History of English Afternoon Tea

August 2018    P&O Azura cruise - Anne Frank, Her Life and Legacy; Northern European Royal Families

September 2018   Chiswick Book Festival - The Legacy of Anne Frank and book signing

September 2018    Kent Women in Business - How did Anne Frank become what she is today?

September 2018  Viking cruise - The Life and Legacy of Anne Frank; Anne Frank's Amsterdam; Northern European Royal Families 

October 2018  Anne Frank House Amsterdam - The Legacy of Anne Frank

October 2018  Immanuel College, Hertfordshire - The Legacy of Anne Frank

October 2018 Wimbledon Synagogue - The Legacy of Anne Frank

October 2018  Southwark Cathedral - public event tickets from Southwark Cathedral. Interview by the Dean of Southwark on The Legacy of Anne Frank 

November 2018 P&O Caribbean cruise - The Life and Legacy of Anne Frank; Britain and the Caribbean, A Volatile History; Sugar - A Bitterweet History 

December 2018 Lawrence Hall Chicago;  Sukkot Shalom Synagogue Chicago; Lake Shore Drive Synagogue, Chicago; Illinois Holocaust museum; St Gregory the Great Catholic Church, Chicago; Hudson Valley Area Library; Plainview Jewish Center Long Island New York  - The Legacy of Anne Frank

January 2019  Cinema Arts Centre, Huntington, New York - The Legacy of Anne Frank

January 2019 Belsize Square Synagogue - The Surprising Legacy of Anne Frank

January 2019 Fred. Olsen Middle East cruise - The Life and Legacy of Anne Frank; The Social History of English Afternoon Tea; The History of Leisure, Sports and Travel Wear

February 2019  4th 7.00 pm Portcullis House Westminster - The Legacy of Anne Frank and celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Anne Frank Declaration 

February 2019 -27th 7.30 pm JW3, Finchley Road, London - Anne Frank, The Legacy and the Future

March 2019 5th 8.00pm Jewish Book Week Liverpool -The Surprising Legacy of Anne Frank

March 2019 11th, 2.30 pm Grand Hotel, Swanage - The Social History of English Afternoon Tea

March 2019 12th 5.00 pm Bournemouth Library - The Surprising Legacy of Anne Frank

March 2019 17th 2.30 pm Bromley Reform Synagogue - The Surprising Legacy of Anne Frank

April 2019 Viking cruise to Scandinavia and Kiel Canal - four lectures

April 2019 P&O cruise to Mediterranean - four lectures

May 2019 8th Swiss Cottage Library - The Surprising Legacy of Anne Frank

June 2019 10th 2.30 pm Down House, Orpington, Kent - The Social History of English Afternoon Tea

June 2019 11th Hatchards book shop Piccadilly, London SW1 - The Surprising Legacy of Anne Frank

June, July, August 2019 - lecture tour of US. Dates and venues to follow