LECTURES AND TALKS OFFERED
Speaking at the Clinton Presidential Library and Center, Little Rock, Arkansas, November 2019 (above)
'I'm grateful that you were able to speak at the Clinton Presidential Center, and for the good work you're doing to share Anne's wisdom in new ways - the lessons of her life are as important as ever. You have my best wishes.' President Bill Clinton, February 2020
Speaking at 10 Downing Street in 2014 (PM's wife Samantha Cameron is on the right)
I am a popular and in demand speaker, having spoken in locations as diverse as 10 Downing Street in London, the United Nations in New York, the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, the Union League Club of Philadelphia and many cruise ships around the world. 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.
For downloadable and live streamed lectures used during the Coronavirus lock down and beyond, the two lectures on Anne Frank's life and legacy are combined into one, entitled 'What We Can Learn From Anne Frank, Anne's Life and Surprising Legacy'. For age 10 up and cross curriculum for school use. For pricing see information on Home page http://gillianwalnesperry.com/
- 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, former Director, Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, New York
- The Surprising Global Legacy of Anne Frank
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 also describe the unforgettable night attending the 1996 Academy Awards in Hollywood together with Miep Gies, the courageous helper of the Frank family in hiding.
This talk is based on my popular book 'The Legacy of Anne Frank' and can include readings from the book, plus a book signing.
Gillian Walnes Perry visited Syracuse University in November of 2019. She was brilliant, compassionate, warm, and expert in her content delivery, communication style, and engagement with participants. The audience included university students, faculty, administrators and staff, chaplains, and members of the local community. We remain very grateful for her wisdom and connectedness. Dr Diane R. Wiener, Research Professor and Associate Director of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach, Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University
Those in attendance adored you and were deeply moved and inspired. Your beautifully written accounts of everything - including how Nelson Mandela and Audrey Hepburn’s lives were deeply influenced by Anne Frank’s diary – were a revelation, and your lively delivery, connecting with each and every member of the audience, was as natural and human as it was masterful. Dr Jud Newborn, founding historian and creator of the New York Museum of Jewish Heritage
Thank you again so much for being our speaker at Founders’ Day yesterday. I have had lots of positive comments today about how much people appreciated your inspirational words. Alistair Brien, Head Teacher, Bournemouth School for Girls
Thank you for everything. It was such a powerful and moving night. I have received incredible feedback. Jill Landgraber, Glen Ridge High School, New Jersey
Gillian Walnes Perry is an amazing speaker. She broaches the very serious and mature topic of Anne Frank's life in a sensitive, engaging and age appropriate manner. Her presentation is educational, thought provoking, inspirational and hopeful. We are grateful that our students were able to experience this opportunity. Mara Starkey, Librarian, Covington School, Los Altos, CA
- 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 gave an online lecture on The Social History of English Afternoon Tea to Historic Houses members and we could not have been happier by the feedback we’ve had from them. Her storytelling, presentation slides, and attention to detail made for a fun and fascinating talk, and we’ll certainly be looking to arrange many more events with Gillian in the near future.” Dominic Head, Historic Houses
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.
- Mediterranean food - how it changed British dining
In the middle of the 20th century the British adopted a curiosity about new cuisines both in their own kitchens and eating out, through inspired cookery writers and flamboyant restaurateurs who dramatically changed the face of the British home and restaurant scene. I describe the impact on the post war British diet of Mediterranean flavours and ingredients, as well as the history of immigration to Britain from Mediterranean countries and the development of British tourism to those countries.
LECTURES AND SPEAKING
A selection of my previous and forthcoming talks (scroll down the list for latest). All forthcoming talks are listed, but I have only included a selection of previous 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
November 2015 Keynote speaker at Association of State Girls’ Schools national conference, London
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; Illinois Holocaust museum; St Gregory the Great Catholic Church, Chicago; Hudson Valley Area Library - 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 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
April 2019 Viking cruise to Scandinavia and Kiel Canal - four lectures including Anne Frank's Amsterdam
May 2019 8th Swiss Cottage Library - The Surprising Legacy of Anne Frank
May 2019 P&O cruise to Mediterranean - 5 lectures including Fascinating Venetians
June 2019 10th 2.30 pm Down House, Orpington, Kent - The Social History of English Afternoon Tea
June 2019 17th Edison Hotel, New York City MC for the Spirit of Anne Frank Awards and gala
June 2019 23rd - The Olga Legyel Institute annual teachers' conference NYC
June 2019 25th Congregation Adath Israel Middletown CT - The Surprising Legacy of Anne Frank
June 2019 26th Rhinebeck Starr Library - The Surprising Legacy of Anne Frank
July 2019 14th Gideon Hausner School fund raiser Palo Alto CA - The Surprising Legacy of Anne Frank
August 2019 1st Union League of Philadelphia - The Surprising Legacy of Anne Frank
September 2019 2nd - 12th P&O cruise to Mediterranean, 5 lectures, including Fascinating Greeks
October 2019 6th - 20th P&O cruise to Mediterranean, 6 lectures, including 'The Social History of English Afternoon Tea', 'A Day at the Palace and a Night at the Oscars', 'Our Love of Mediterranean Food'
October 2019 17th Prior Park School, Gibraltar The Life and Legacy of Anne Frank
November 2019 5th Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock Arkansas, 'The Surprising Global Legacy of Anne Frank' plus teachers' workshop
November 2019 7th Atlanta Jewish Book Festival 'The Surprising Global Legacy of Anne Frank
November 2019 11th Interfaith Dialog Dinner, Burton Black Institute, Syracuse University New York
November 2019 26th Glen Ridge High School, New Jersey 'The Surprising Global Legacy of Anne Frank'
December 2019 10th Princeton Jewish Center NJ 'The Surprising Global Legacy of Anne Frank'
December 2019 17th Bournemouth School For Girls Prize Giving Day, keynote speaker
January 2020 22nd Pinner United Synagogue 'The Surprising Global Legacy of Anne Frank'
January 2020 24th Dorchester Interfaith Group Keynote Holocaust Memorial Day speaker
January 2020 26th The Higgins Bedford 'The Life and Surprising Legacy of Anne Frank' Keynote Holocaust Memorial Day speaker
February 2020 4th St Alban's Abbey 'The Legacy of Anne Frank'
February 2020 6th Pinner Association of Jewish Refugees
April 2020 19th Temple Beth Yushurun Houston Texas (live streamed)
April 21st Liberal Jewish Synagogue St John's Wood London 'The Surprising Global Legacy of Anne Frank' (live streamed)
May 24th Historic Houses 'The Social History of English Afternoon Tea' (live streamed)
May 28th Temple Shir Hadash Los Gatos CA 'The Surprising Global Legacy of Anne Frank' (live streamed)
June 4th Buckinghamshire WI Federation 'The Surprising Global Legacy of Anne Frank' (live streamed)
June 8th Bromley High School 'The Surprising Global Legacy of Anne Frank' (live streamed)
June 14th South Orange & Maplewood NJ Racial Justice Committee 'The Surprising Global Legacy of Anne Frank' (live streamed)