Taylor Downing - Talks


Taylor regularly gives talks on many subjects relating to the world wars and to his books. He gave Churchill Lectures at the Imperial War Museum’s Churchill War Rooms in 2011, 2012 and 2014 - all three of which were complete sell outs. He has given talks at the Science Museum, the National Army Museum, the Royal Aeronautical Society and at Bletchley Park.

Taylor also regularly gives talks on Television and History and has lectured on this subject at Cambridge University, at Queen’s University, Belfast and at Lincoln University.

He frequently appears at book festivals and has recently given talks at the Edinburgh Book Festival, at 'Ways with Words' at Dartington and at 'Words by the Water' Festival in Keswick, at the Henley Literary Festival, the Warwick Book Festival, at the Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival, at the Scarborough Book Festival, the Cheltenham Literary Festival and at several others.

He has given talks about Leni Riefenstahl’s Olympia for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in London and at the British Museum.

His many recent media appearances include for CNN International, BBC1's Heir Hunters, Radio 4’s Things We Forgot to Remember and Channel 5’s Beat the Ancestors.

He regularly talks at Historical Association societies in the south-east.

Taylor can be booked to give talks on a variety of related topics. Please click on Contacts page.

During the single month of October 2016, Taylor gave Talks in Warwick, at the Ilkley Literature Festival, The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival and at Historical Association meetings in Ealing, Welwyn Garden City and Clapham.


During 2017 Taylor gave a variety of talks and lectures including talks at Scarborough and St Albans and delivered Trenchard Lectures at both RAF Cranwell and at the Royal Aeronautical Society:

Taylor has lectured at the Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, London on the making of The World at War tv series:

Taylor gave Special Talk at Bletchley Park:

Taylor lectured as 'Celebrity Speaker' at National Army Museum. See:

Taylor provides historical background to Christiane Amanpour for CNN International's coverage of the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Shown across Europe, Asia and Africa. See:


Taylor gave a Churchill Lecture at the Imperial War Museum's Churchill War Rooms in April on 'Churchill and the 'Boffins' of the First World War' to coincide with the publication of his new book Secret Warriors: Key Scientists, Code Breakers and Propagandists of the Great War

And many more...

Including lectures on Cold War films at the Vermont International Film Festival in USA


Taylor's podcast on the events of 1983 for BBC History Magazine: