“Delightful”; “concise and well-presented”; “one to remember”; “splendid”

Robert is always pleased to present one of his popular talks. Current topics are:

Pre-camera subjects

The Great Exhibition of 1851: Hyde Park’s extravaganza pivots the world’s future

What a show! – 100 years of amazing British exhibitions.


Not just Spitfires – a convenient and popular media myth; from Robert’s book – SEE MORE BELOW.

Making history – researching and publishing ‘Of sons and skies’

Devising the ‘M5 Sights Guide’ – exploring and explaining a holiday route

TV industry and production

‘We did our bit’ – how WW2 veterans’ testimony was captured on camera

The Fun Factory – how ATV became Central Television (and sobered up)

Producing the BBC’s ‘Antiques Roadshow’

‘Flog It’ battles ‘Bargain Hunt’: collectibles on and off camera

‘Have we time?’ – professional obsessions with screen seconds & viewing figures

Children’s ITV in the 1980s: Roland Rat to Ringo Starr; Grotbags to Ghostbusters

Worcester’s Media Mile – one city, many cameras: the sit-down version

AND, as mentioned…


‘Not just Spitfires’

‘Very informative and interesting talk, very well received.’   Penarth Aviation Society

‘Packed with fascinating and often little known facts – brings those long years vividly to life to make us acknowledge how fortunate we have been to live in the following peace time.’ Rosemary Harward, Alfrick, Worcestershire

‘Excellent talk – made the evening come alive.’ John Sermon, Chair, North Cotswold Royal Air Force Association

Robert’s talk took his audience chronologically through the war years presenting some of the lesser known facts about the contribution of the allied airmen, both pilots and ground crew. Technological developments on both sides were impressive as were the sheer number of aircraft produced and lost but this only emphasised the awful risks that the aircrews were taking. A thought provoking talk 80 years after the outbreak of WW2.‘ Painswick Probus

‘A comprehensive investigation much appreciated by the audience’ Evesham Historical Society

‘To provide a chronology of 6 years of war in 45 minutes was no mean feat, and without referring to notes – an enviable skill. Splendid.’ ‘Henry Hall, ex-RAF Hendon

‘Robert Arley knows how to tell a story. He swept us from points of interest across Europe to the mysterious battles over the Pacific – breath-taking revelations of difficulties and dangers for crews in the air and on the ground. We were all educated and enthralled. That my dad survived to never speak of these things is clearly more of a miracle than any of us knew.’ Sue Friston, Gloucestershire

It has been my pleasure and privilege to present talks to a wide range of distinguished groups across the Midlands.

I have visited History Societies, Aviation Clubs, Civic Societies, Probus Clubs and Women’s Institute groups.

In the autumn of 2019 I was invited to speak to the Royal Aeronautical Society at Rolls-Royce in Derby, and was given a memorable tour of the formidable facilities at the huge plant on the day.


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