LECTURES AND TALKS OFFERED
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 afternoon" Cathy 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.
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 P&O cruise to Mediterranean - four lectures
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