East of England Talks Service

Sandy beach at Blakeney

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

We are now welcoming enquiries for virtual presentations, as well as the traditional talks in person, ready for when restrictions are lifted.

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. Some of our volunteers now offer these wonderful presentations through online services, so whether your group is from this region or not, there may be something available to you.

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?

Here's just a small selection of the talks we have on offer from all over the region:

  • The Hervey’s of Ickworth
  • ​Turbulence to Tranquility, the History of Dunwich Heath

  • John Constable: The Man and His Landscape

  • Lavenham: Then and Now

  • Octavia Hill

  • Anne Boleyn: Saint or Sinner?

  • One place, one time, one life:  Lord Fairhaven’s life at Anglesey Abbey

  • Scouts, Guides and the National Trust

  • Hatfield Forest

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

Our speakers are located throughout the East of England and on the list they are separated into their home county. Previously, our speakers were restricted by travel miles, however one of the exciting changes to our service is that we now have speakers who are able to offer their presentations through online services. 

If you are not from our region or are a local group interested in a talk during the current restrictions, the list of talks available online is here

To arrange a talk

To organise a talk for your group please complete our Booking Enquiry Form.

Once submitted our team will forward onto the speaker you are enquiring about for them to get in contact directly. Due to the type of form this is, please make sure you have the speakers name and talks title noted down and a date in mind. If any changes occur after submitting the form then the speaker will be able to update these with you.

For more information, please do take a read of our information for groups.

" 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. Due to current restrictions, we might not be able to recruit and induct new speakers, however we still welcome any interest for a time when situations allow.

" … 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

Please use the Booking Enquiry Form if you are interested in a talk. 
For general enquiries, please email: ee-talks@nationaltrust.org.uk