Talks and Displays

Talks

We have a number of talks on aspects of the Home Front in WW2 and can combine a talk with a small display appropriate to the subject.  All talks last approximately 1 hour.

Our talks are proving to be very popular and we are booking well into 2020, so if you would like to book a talk please get in touch.

We do not make a charge for Brownie groups or Schools, but ask for a small donation towards travelling expenses and future research from other organisations.  All we require is a suitable hall with parking, half and hour to set up and a further half an hour to pack away.  

Talks for Brownie and Guide Groups:
1940s Brownies
This is a special talk devised to entertain and educate Brownie groups. What life was like for children during the war. Following the books and guidelines of the time discover what Brownies had to do to join, their tests and challenges. What did Brownies do for MI9 to help win the war.  Entertaining PowerPoint show with activities and display. Please note we have a maximum of 25 Brownies for this talk. Please click here for information for Brownie leaders.


(Photo published with permission)

1940s Girl Guides
It is astonishing that 750,000 Girl Guides were volunteered for war work. This entertaining and informative talk with PowerPoint presentation shows Guide groups what life was like for girls in the 1940s, the training the Guides received and how they used this for helping with the war effort.  It is interspersed with fun activities and thought provoking photos.  Please click here for information for Guide leaders.


General Talks for Groups:

Women’s Voluntary Service (WVS) from 1938 to 1945. The Army Hitler Forgot.
Over 1 million women volunteered during the Second World War, the largest voluntary force ever.  Why did the WVS start?  Who were the women who joined.  Not just tea and sympathy, learn about their work and some of the unexpected jobs they undertook.

How the Brownies Helped Win the War
Suitable for adults and children. Discover how thousands of Brownies were trained for war work and even worked for MI9 to help win the war with information only recently available.

Royal Girl Guides

Learn how the young Royals as Girl Guides trained during WW2 with amusing stories and pictures. 


If you would like to book a talk or have any enquiries please e-mail us at contact@doingtheirbit.co.uk


We have had lots of lovely comments from out talks, please see below:

1st Naphill Brownies Hello! Have been meaning to email and say how much Morwenna loved your brownies last week with the special speakers. She was captivated! And I had pretty much the whole evening repeated to me on the way home / getting ready for bed etc... and it was fascinating for me too. Smuggling spy maps in cotton reels - brownies raising the fire alarm etc as they were so responsible (she especially liked that bit!!). Thank you for organising such brilliant things for them. Lucky brownies!

Cheddington WI (Women’s Voluntary Service)
Thank you so much for the fabulous presentation on Thursday evening.  It was so interesting, we had no idea the WVS did so much during the Second World War. We have learnt so much and the presentation was truly first class. I am still receiving emails and text messages from my members saying how much they enjoyed the evening. They also loved the war memorabilia. Please share our feedback, because it was so much more than we were expecting, just great.

Riverside Trefoil Guild (Adult Brownies)
Thank very much for coming at such short notice. it was very enjoyable in deed, I have had lots of good feed back from our members.

Aston Clinton U3A (Women’s Voluntary Service)
Thank you both for such an interesting and informative talk today, we had lots of positive feedback from our members. We wish you well in your further endeavours. 

2nd Tilehurst Brownies (1940s Brownies)
Thank so much both of you. Such a lovely evening. So interesting. I have already had some parents say how much their daughters enjoyed the evening. And I love my special badge

3rd Kennington Brownies (1940s Brownies)
Dear Karen and Bret, thank you so much for making our Brownie meeting so enjoyable. I learn a lot of new things. I am sorry so many of our girls were away.. lots of coughs and colds at the moment. I have spread the word of how amazing you both were. Many thanks again.

 

Displays

If you have a club or organisation who would like to see our display we are very happy to bring it to you (within a 25 mile radius of Abingdon, further distances can be discussed).