East of England Talks Service

Sandy beach at Blakeney

In the East of England we offer a variety of interesting talks to local groups on a number of National Trust related topics, all given by our experienced voluntary speakers.

Many of our talks are wonderfully illustrated with digital presentations and our available talks cover a wide range of subjects; from an overview of the work of the National Trust, to more specific talks on some of our houses, gardens, countryside, coastline, and local history.

We may also be able to prepare new and tailored talks on request so please do ask.  

We don’t charge a fee for our talks, however, as a charity we’d be grateful for a donation to the National Trust for this service. We do ask that speaker’s travel expenses are covered in addition to any donation.

" He kept us interested as he covered several hundred years of the history of Ickworth and the family, and how it came to be a National Trust property… it encouraged us to visit. A very enjoyable afternoon."
- Maureen, local WI talks organiser

Looking for a speaker?

A full list of all of our East of England speakers and their talks is available here.  

Our speakers are located throughout the East of England.  Some of our speakers will be happy to travel to give talks so please do take a look at speakers in other areas.

Here's just a sample of the talks we have on offer:

Talks in Suffolk

  • Mrs Margaret Greville and Polesden Lacey
  • Meet the Herveys
  • John Constable: the man and his landscape

Find out more about our talks in Suffolk

Talks in Essex

  • Working Life at Ickworth House in the 1930s
  • History of the National Trust
  • Flatford, Constable and the River Stour Navigation

Find out more about our talks in Essex

Talks in Norfolk

  • A Blickling Soap Opera: The dramatic life and times of Henrietta Howard
  • Oxburgh Hall: Past and Present
  • The Word Defiant! Telling Blickling's Story in a Different Way
  • The Blickling Belles

Find out more about our talks in Norfolk

Talks in Cambridgeshire

  • Lyveden: An Elizabethan garden rediscovered
  • Wicken Fen: Past, present and future
  • One place, one time, one life: Lord Fairhaven's life at Anglesey Abbey

Find out more about our talks in Cambridgeshire


To arrange a talk

To organise a talk for your group please complete our talk application form and send it to us by email or by post. We'll aim to get back to you within 2 weeks.

For more information, please do see our FAQs page.

" His talk had the enthusiasm of a man who is there on the Fen all the time, and knows each animal by name... the talk was well laced with humour."
- Juliet, talks organiser for local group

Interested in joining our team?

We love to share our knowledge and passion about the National Trust. If you’re enthusiastic about our work and would like to become one of our Talks Service volunteer speakers, please see our role profile.  If you are interested please do get in touch. You’ll be invited to meet us so we can get to know you and the talks you’d like to offer.

" … we thoroughly enjoyed the talk, she was so professional. Her lecture was well prepared, informative, accompanied by appropriate slides and delivered in an immaculate way. The National Trust is very fortunate to have her as an ambassador!"
- Mary, Chair of local gardening group

Contact us

For further information or to book a talk...

Telephone: 01284 747 500 / 01284 747 599
Email: ee-talks@nationaltrust.org.uk
Post: National Trust Talks Service, East of England Regional Office, Westley Bottom, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3WD