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Institute of Tourists Guiding

MR 04676

Portsmouth and Southampton – maritime contrast

The diverging development of two port cities

What is the story?

These two maritime cities have quite different histories, military Portsmouth and mercantile Southampton.

This talk shows how the geography of the area led to their taking on different roles in our history and meets some of the famous and less famous people who have influenced and shaped them.

Talk details:

Village Hall or your meeting venue
45 or 60 minutes
Online via Zoom
45 or 60 minutes

What will I find out?

The talk starts with the first settlement of these two locations in Roman and Saxon times.

It shows their parallel development and what factors influenced the importance of one over the other.

Meet people as diverse as John le Fleming, Henry VII, Catherine of Braganza and Jane Austen.

Find out about Portsmouth’s first dry dock and HMS Victory, and Southampton’s arcades and trans-Atlantic liners.

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Qualifications and accreditations

  • Member of the Institute of Tourist Guiding
  • Member of the British Guild of Tourist Guides
  • Blue Badge Guide for South and South East England 2011
  • Blue Badge Guide for South West England 2014
  • Member of Windsor Welcome Tourist Guides Association
  • Member of Midsomer Tours
  • Guiding endorsement for Windsor and Eton
  • Member of Association of Wessex Tourist Guides

Mollie Dunning

Maidenhead Townswomen's Group

We have had some very interesting talks from Graham. He really enjoys his subjects and passes his interest and knowledge on to his audiences.  Our members certainly look forward to the meetings when Graham is giving a talk.

Hilary Powley

The Friendship Club

We have enjoyed several of Graham’s talks and they have always been well presented, interesting and entertaining.

Alan Copeland

Whitchurch Camera Club

Graham is a regular visitor to our meetings and his talks are always very popular. He displays a great depth of knowledge of his subject, is very professional and informative in his delivery and his talks are illustrated with superb photography.

HF Holidays guest

Don’t think he could improve! Excellent in all respects.

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