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Francis Burroughes

Speaker Topics

Entertainment & Comedy, History, Other

Locations Covered​

- South West




Short Notice

Profile Bio

Lecturer and after-Dinner Speaker for W.Is., Rotary & Round Tables, U3As., and special interest groups and societies.

"Undoubtedly the best speaker we have had this year."

"Your talk was so funny, and we have learnt such a lot. Please come again."

"My Committee insists that I book you again next year. Please say you are available."

“He kept over 600 members at our W.I. County Meeting spell-bound for an hour when he filled in for a speaker who failed to arrive on time. Unhesitatingly recommended!”

"He was wonderful! He held the room beautifully. The bonus/surprise was that he played Jerusalem for us at the end which we all sang with gusto!”

Francis has many years experience as a public speaker, and was recently honoured in the New Year's Honours list for his work in the Local Community and for Charities.

He is always complimented on the fact that he is clearly heard at the back of a large hall, even without a microphone! Contact him for a talk or lecture for your Club or Society. He is often able to help at short notice, particularly during the day, if your speaker has to cancel at the very last minute!

Talk Description

The Wonderful World of Glass

This remains the most popular of Francis’s talks. From his own collection, he brings historic and valuable items of glass for members to examine for themselves, to illustrate the history of Glass-making from 3,000 B.C. to the present day. Francis is an acknowledged expert, and often asked to lend pieces and speak about them for various television antique programmes. See for further details.

Other Talks

Can You Play Jerusalem for Us?
A Victorian Head Gardener.
Don't Put Your Daughter on the Stage.
Seated One Day at the Organ.
The Historic Front garden.
In the Mood, or Dancing through a War.
Things You Miss About Paris.
Penny Plain and Tuppence Coloured.
Other talks also available at

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