Historical Talks, Lectures and Presentations
As an experienced speaker, I can tailor my talks to any audience. Whether a local WI group, an after-dinner event or 100s on a cruise ship, guests will be taken on an entertaining whirlwind tour through the past during my lively performances.
1066: An exploration of the Bayeux Tapestry (NEW for 2021)
An uniquely historical and artistic masterpiece, this 11th-century embroidery depicts the conquest of England over almost 70 meters. After giving an overview of the piece and some of the characters and the scenes depicted within it, Kindra Jones will bring the 'tapestry' to life, delving deeper within this epic work to uncover its mysteries and revealing some unlikely surprises hidden within its stitches.
Armour in Death: An exciting journey through the evolution of armour
Based on an in-depth study of 14th century funerary brasses and effigies, see how the armour of a medieval warrior evolved to meet the demands of warfare, fashion and practicality. Understand why it was so important to the medieval mindset to be remembered in brass or stone, what we can learn from them and uncover their secrets.
The Medieval Knight: The Truth Behind the Myths
The image of a knight in armour is still powerful today, and popular culture is constantly drawing upon the old medieval ideas of chivalry to reinvent the knight. From weapons and armour to fashion and dancing, learn what it really meant to be a medieval knight.
Behind Every Man...: A look at Henry VIII and his court through the eyes of his Queens
After four years of playing Henry's fifth queen, Kathryn Howard, at museums and schools up and down the country, why not have Kindra come and give you a look at Tudor court life from a different perspective? Concentrating on the roles expected not only of a 16th century wife, but also a queen, gain more understanding of Tudor high society from etiquette and hierarchy through to food and the intricacies of clothing.
Fashion Through the Ages
A fascinating journey through 1,000 years of clothing from the Norman Conquest through to the Victorian Age of Steam. Using her extensive wardrobe of museum quality replica costume, Kindra will bring the changing timeline to life. Hear the meanings behind some of our common sayings and laugh as Kindra tells stories of some of the mishaps she's encountered wearing fashions of yesteryear.
Time Travel Through Norwich
Drawing on the research from her book Norwich in 100 Dates, Kindra Jones uses costume and props as her palate to paint a picture of Norwich through the ages by describing events in the fine city’s history and by donning authentic clothing from the time. Meet colourful characters from Norwich’s past including knights and queens of old, hear of disasters and triumphs, as Norwich's story unfolds before your eyes.
Life Beyond the Home Front: The role of women during the Second World War
Although women played a significant part keeping life and the home running as normal as was possible during the Second World War, many contributed directly to the war effort signing up to the Army, Navy, RAF and Women's Land Army. As the war progressed women's roles within these organisations increased as they proved time and time again they could do 'a man's work' and as more and more men were called up. This talk gives an overview of the varied roles women carried out during this time.