Heart of England
I love the past and how it has shaped our present and future. I'm particularly passionate about our industrial heritage and how it has transformed our landscape, and the people who toiled & their stories, and the skills, materials & implements utilised. Studying Industrial Archaeology & Heritage Management at the Ironbridge Institute, (University of Birmingham), I was awarded with a Masters Degree. I have a Law Degree and specialised in Legal History. This subject remains a passion; the history of Land Law, for example, remains fascinating.
Always purporting to be entertaining, to tell a story, I am enthusiastic and engaging; I have been advised by a certain prestigious academic institution that their subsequent tour visits were programmed around my availability. 'Roberta was three times better than anyone else'.
I have a wealth of experience within the Tourism industry, and have worked for both a major American tourism Company and British travel companies
Later, after studying Museum Studies at the University of Leicester, I worked with Birmingham Museums' Service engaged with both Life Long Learning, and School programmes.
A proud 'Brummie', I grew up in the beautiful County of Worcestershire; however, I'm passionate about my Welsh roots.
I am a keen Thespian and a member of Birmingham's Crescent Theatre.
Guiding for over 22 years, guiding is, indeed, my passion. I am proud to have qualified as a Blue badge Guide and to present the wonderful Heart of England.
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|Birmingham & the Black Country; The Cotswolds; Gloucester & Gloucestershire; Oxford; Stratford & Warwickshre; Worcester & Worcestershire; Conference & Corporate Events; Decorative Arts especially relating to the West Midlands; Gardens; Gemmology; The Georgians; Industrial Heritage; Literature especially, Lewis Carroll. C S Lewis, Tolkien, & Shakespeare; Museums & Galleries; Metal Working especially Jewellery; Stately Homes; Theatre; City/Town Walks; Coach/Panoramic Tours; Themed Tours|
For all these tours listed below, please contact: email@example.com
A tour of Birmingham, the City once known as 'The City of Thousand Trades and its proud Jewellery Quarter, where all that 'glisters is gold' or may be a 'Gold & Catacombes' Tour with a listed Cemetery or two. 'Meet' the Industrialists, Pioneers & Founding Forefathers, & Characters who have helped create the City as we know it today, Matthew Boulton, the Cadbury's, the Chamberlain's, and Ozzy Osbourne to name a few.
Discover Birmingham's Medieval heart - where Birmingham all began!
The 'Chocoholics Tour' - meet the Cadbury's with a tour around leafy Bournville followed by Tea/Coffee and Chocolate samples!
I am passionate about Lewis Carroll and a member of the Lewis Carroll Society. Follow in the White Rabbit's footsteps and join a Guided Tour of' 'Alice's' Oxford.
Discover the 'Faithful City' - the beautiful City of Worcester.
'Meet' the Georgians with a Guided Walk of the elegant town of Cheltenham.
Discover Shakespeare's Stratford with a Panoramic Tour with maybe a visit to a Stately Home?
Birmingham's Theatre, Arts & Music scene with a visit to a Theatre within a Pub!
|Sports & Pastimes||
Discover Birmingham's rich sporting culture from Cricket to Football, to Lawn Tennis.
The Cotswolds has an interesting sports heritage. Why not join a Panoramic Tour?
Having worked within a School (SEN) and for major Universities & Museums, I can offer Tours for KS4 (Geography - Local History); KS3 (The Victorians); Post Graduate (Heritage Management) & Life Long Learning Programmes.
Arguably, Birmingham's One Thousand & Second Trade is Retailing. Arh I hear you ask, what is its One Thousand & First Trade?!
Or maybe a visit to The Cotswolds followed by a Cotswold cream tea.
Birmingham's Industries & Trades
From Gloves to Cars, to Chocolate to Porcelain, the Heart of England has made it!
A Panoramic Tour to The Potteries followed by Tea Tasting?
Or may be a visit to a Motor Museum and a costumed Talk on Motoring Manners in days gone by, followed by lunch!?
|Decorative Arts/Arts & Crafts||
Especially those relating to Birmingham and the West Midlands.
'Where Industry & the Arts Meet'.
Industrial Archaeology & Heritage; Buildings - Architecture & re use of; Economic & Political history; Industry & Trades; Industrial personalities & figures; Geographical & geological features.
Birmingham & the West Midlands, Worcester's and Gloucester's and trades & industries & the River known as Sabrina.
Join a Panoramic Tour within Birmingham and to the Black Country. Visit a traditional Pub; sample traditional Black Country cuisine.
Discover Ironbridge, World Heritage Site, cradle of the Industrial Revolution, and its famous Museums.
Or may be the 'Wool & Metalworking' Tour of the Cotswolds followed by an afternoon Cotswold Cream Tea and shopping for that special souvenir.
Coach tours; Panoramic (city) tours; Walking tours; Museum and Cathedral & Church tours;
Birmingham, Coventry, Stratford, Leamington Spa, Warwick & Warwickshire, Cheltenham & The Cotswolds, Herefordshire, Oxford & Oxfordshire, Worcester, The Malverns & Worcestershire, Lichfield, The Potteries & Staffordshire, The Forest of Dean.
Presentation & Interpretation
The Heart of England has many renowned Museums with diverse & important collections.
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I am passionate about the Pre Raphaelites. A leisurely Guided Tour around Birmingham's world famous Art collection will bring the works of art to life.
Tolkien lived for a time in Birmingham and the surrounding area. A Panoramic Tour shows you the sites & haunts that inspired his works, 'The Hobbit, and 'The Lord of the Rings'.
'Will you won't you join the Walk'. Discover Lewis Carroll's Oxford that inspired him to pen 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Through the Looking Glass'
Or maybe experience Shakespeare's Stratford with a visit to one of the Shakespeare family homes. There are many more famous literary characters in the area that you will 'meet'.
Birmingham's Industries & Trades;
Matthew Boulton & Soho House;
Looking for something new. A talk on the history of Land Law will reveal surprises; sometimes shocking, never dull.
Panoramic Tours to the Heart of England's many famous & historic gardens combined with Afternoon Tea.
Birmingham has many Garden gems waiting to be discovered, and this in an industrial City! You will be surprised!
For any of the Tours above please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Windsor & Eton, Windsor Castle
Bachelor of Laws degree, Museum Studies Post Graduate Diploma, Univ. of Leicester; Masters Degree in Industrial Archaeology, Univ. of Bham