Multimedia Presentations, Talks, Seminars and Study Days

.....for schools, clubs, societies, museums etc

"Richard came to our U3A monthly meeting to give us a talk on the Normandy landings of the 2nd World War. His presentation took about 1 hour. It was excellent: the original film footage and the music really set the mood; his knowledge on the subject was quite amazing down to the smallest detail. Richard is a very friendly and personable gentleman and I would recommend him as a speaker to any group." Thetford U3A

"The talk was well-presented and gave a lot of information which was new to many of us, but also of interest to many of the members who can remember much about WW2. I would certainly recommend you to other U3As as a speaker." Wisbech U3A

"After your talk, I received very favourable comments on your presentation of a sobering subject. You certainly held my attention. We would be very happy to book you again for another of your interesting dialogs. Our sub-committee will be meeting in late May to arrange our Speakers for 2015; I propose that you are included." Harwich Peninsula U3A

****Prices begin at only £45.00****

C20 Studies will bring multimedia talks, seminars and study days to any location the East of England (other areas by arrangement).

We offer sessions:

* On virtually any World War II or Cold War topic

* To suit any ages from 16 upwards, using approaches ranging from imaginative to highly academic

* To schools, colleges, clubs, societies, museums and many other organisations

* Using sound, images and video

* 'Off the peg' or tailored to your individual needs

For details, or to discuss your requirements please ring

01354 680423

or e-mail:

Some details:

1) Multimedia talks available at short notice (including music and contemporary video footage

D-Day & the Normandy Aftermath 30 minutes

D-Day & the Normandy Aftermath 60 minutes

The build-up to D-Day, the plans for the invasion, the landings, the campaign in the Bocage, the aftermath


Operation Market Garden 60 minutes

Operation Market Garden 30 minutes

Montgomery’s attempt to end the war quickly in late 1944, intentions, plans, the failure of the attempt, the aftermath


Turning Points of World War II 60 minutes

A survey of some of the War's crucial moments, concentrating on Hitler's decisions and offering a shocking alternative history if any of these had been different


Early Nuclear Crises 60 minutes

Revealing some lesser-known facts about how close the World came to nuclear conflict in the early Cold War—includes the Korean War, the Suez Crisis, crises in Berlin


The Cuban Missile Crisis 60 minutes

The Cuban Missile Crisis 90 minutes

Revealing some recently-disclosed information demonstrating that the Crisis was even more dangerous than was believed at the time, and how the Crisis actually continued for three months rather than the usually-believed 13 days


Berlin—Divided City 60 minutes

A detailed look at the Berlin Airlift, the disastrous superpower summits, the Berlin crises and the role of Berlin in the Cold War itself


“The Third World War, 1983” 60 minutes

How the world came even closer to world war in 1983 than in the Cuban missile Crisis—the unknown facts revealed


Nuclear Protest in the UK, 1945-1991 60 minutes

A look at the ebb and flow of the protest movements, including nuclear testing, CND, Vietnam protests, Cruise missiles and the Greenham women


The Russians are Coming!
60 minutes

A look at Cold war paranoia in both the East and the West



UK Cold War Culture
30 minutes

A creative look at the UK at the start of the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962: socially, militarily and politically


2) Original Video

Turning Points of World War II 25 minutes

A general survey of the major turning points of the entire war


An Introduction to the Cold War 10 minutes

A creative combination of images, footage and sound to introduce wider discussion


The Royal Observer Corps—Requiem 22 minutes

Tracing the development and role of the ROC, its early history, its aircraft-reporting role in World War II and its nuclear-reporting and monitoring role in the Cold War


3) Multimedia talks on Other Topics

On virtually any other World War II, Cold War or more general modern history topic--by prior negotiation


4) Study Days/Seminars

Whole or half-days, talks, seminars or events—by prior negotiation


Just contact us to discuss your requirements.

01354 680423


In the Past:

C20 Studies has collaborated with BONGO LLP to develop the first part of a web-based resource for schools on the Cold War. This section examines the Cuban Missile Crisis from the standpoints of the USA, the USSR and Cuba and includes detailed analysis, original documents and challenging teacher-monitored assignments for students. For more details contact us via  or  01354 680423.



Share in some of the most powerful Cold War experiences with C20 Studies:

20th April, 1961

President Kennedy, three months after his inauguration, addressed ASNE, the American Society of Newspaper Editors. In his speech he referred to his decision not to provide air support for the Cuban exiles who had made the disastrous landing at the Bay of Pigs in Cuba.

Kennedy, of course, inherited the Bay of Pigs plan from his predecessor, President Eisenhower, and did make some changes to the plan as it stood. It was one of a long line of plans to deal with what the Americans saw as ‘the Cuba problem’. Castro had become a thorn in the United States’ flesh, and the CIA were reportedly desperate to go ahead with the adventure.

Whether Kennedy should have put a stop to the expedition or should have overtly supported it is a matter for History to consider. Had he halted the plan, tension between the USA and the USSR/Cuba, which was to reach its potentially catastrophic height the following year in the Missile Crisis, might have been a little less; Khrushchev may have had one fewer reason to attempt to deploy those IRBMs and MRBMs; Castro may have been just a little less nervous about potential US intervention in his country. But whether or not it would have had any effect on the development of the Crisis itself no-one can know.

Certainly, most of the survivors of the disastrous raid felt very bitter at what they thought was Kennedy’s ‘betrayal’ of them. And Kennedy, himself, became that much more sensitive, and indeed, vulnerable, about the whole Cuban question. Whether that increased sensitivity had any significant effect on his crucial decisions during the Crisis is also a very interesting question. Congress and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, too, became even more sensitive about the matter than before; hence the great pressure on Kennedy during the Crisis to launch the air and land assaults on Cuba that, we know now, may well have triggered the Soviet use of tactical nuclear weapons on the Americans, with all of the hideous likely consequences………..





Let it Not be Now………..

A Cuban woman with a husband and family on the Island in 1961 spoke to C20 Studies. She told of her growing fears for the future just after the Bay of Pigs fiasco:

The end of the day………..

The sky clears from yet another storm

And the horizon throbs

With a cloud that threatens to engulf

My children in its rage.

When it drops its rain of death

I know my husband will fight

To his last drop of blood

To save our island.

Our fleeting dream.

Our love…….

The evening air vibrates

With unheard songs of war;

A heavy tension hangs


Like an explosive vapour

Before the detonation.

On my knees I pray,

My fearful tears burning the hot earth:

I know our time will come—

When we shall die.

But let it not be now;

A terrible sadness is approaching,

But let it not be now.

A dreadful thing is coming

But let it not

Be now…………..






More experiences like this in our books: see PUBLICATIONS page

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