For over 15 years Amanda Bryett worked for a major pharmaceutical company specialising in vaccines. As media spokesperson for the company, Amanda appeared regularly on radio, TV and in the written press. She is also a registered Blue Badge Tourist Guide for London and Windsor with a special interest in the Monarchy. It was this interest combined with a background in infectious diseases that lead Amanda to research the fascinating topics that she now gives lectures and presentations on.
The British line of royal succession has changed many times over the centuries by something as innocuous as an infectious disease. Henry VIII, Charles I and George V were not born to be King — their elder brothers died of typhoid and influenza. Smallpox saw the end of the Stuart dynasty in the 18th century and Prince Albert died of typhoid in the 19th century. Even in the 20th century a tragedy hit our current royal family. The amazing stories of how the royal family were treated by doctors over the centuries. Bleeding, sweating, walking around and even brandy were regularly prescribed. Hear how one King who died of tuberculosis was propped up dead at a palace window while the powers that be argued over who should succeed him.
Amanda Bryett is a registered London and Windsor Blue Badge Tourist Guide. This talk is a highly entertaining look at guiding tourists from around the world through our major London sites such as The Tower of London, The Houses of Parliament, St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. The rigorous training required of a guide and the tools of the trade. She also answers some of the questions that no training can ever prepare you for. ‘Why did the Queen Mother abdicate in 1952?’ ‘How did Diana get her wedding dress through the revolving doors of St Paul’s Cathedral’.
Come on a journey of the history of vaccination. Discover how the first attempt at vaccination was brought into the UK by an 18th century female aristocrat and how George III’s son died as a result of the procedure. Hear about the country doctor who unlocked the key to the dreaded disease of smallpox by looking closely at his milkmaids (purely scientific of course!) along with a little help from Blossom the cow and how over the next two hundred years other killer diseases were conquered. An entertaining and often thought provoking look at how we are protected today from diseases which routinely killed our forebears.
In 2012 London will be hosting the Olympics for the third time — the only country ever to have done so. Come on a journey back to 1908 and 1948 and hear why London hosted the 1908 Games when it was actually supposed to be in Rome; how the modern marathon distance became 26 miles and 385 yards thanks to the Royal Family at Windsor Castle; the disaster of the Opening Ceremony and the rather strange sporting events. 1948 was called the ‘Austerity Olympics’ where London came to the rescue after World War II. Athletes brought their own food; were taken to venues by double-decker bus and British athletes had their butter rations doubled! Fascinating and heart-warming stories from the greatest sporting event in modern history, the Olympic Games.