About Us

Tony and Lizzie Gilks are qualified Tourist Guides with more than 30 years experience between them in interacting with groups of all ages.

Timespan is an exciting approach to historical presentations covering a wide range of subjects and events during the last millennium. Social history includes looking at life styles and conditions of men, women and children from all levels of society in Britain and important events that have shaped our democracy.
Tony and Lizzie Gilks' combined knowledge and extensive collections of memorabilia and artefacts are used to present a fascinating array of historical talks, bringing the past to life, using artefacts to illustrate their costumed presentations in a humorous and lively manner.
Each talk runs for an hour with an opportunity to answer any questions the audience might have as well as encouraging members of the group to view and handle the items with care. Our lectures are ideal for Associations, Clubs and Societies, created to enthral a wide range of audiences.


Tony Gilks was born and educated in Birmingham and at the age of 16 he joined the Birmingham Parks Division to train in Horticulture. Moving to West Sussex in 1961. Tony joined the West Sussex Police Force and served his 30 years stationed in Worthing, Littlehampton and Arundel, becoming the Schools Liaison Officer for Sussex Police from 1977 to 1985. On retirement form the force Tony joined the guiding staff at Arundel Castle until July 2002


Lizzie Gilks was born in Kent in 1959, moving to Wales in 1961. She was educated in Cheltenham and Dorset and completed her education at Oswestry College studying History and Art. Moving to Arundel in 1986 Lizzie worked for Arun District Council as a part time Information Officer in Arundel Tourist Office and part time guide for Arundel Castle. In 1989 Lizzie was promoted to Head Guide and Functions Manager at Arundel Castle. That year she obtained her South East England Tourist Board, Blue Badge and has spent 14 years promoting tourism within the town and Castle of Arundel.

"Since we started Timespan back in January 2003. we have delivered inexcess of 1200 lectures to a wide range of clubs, societies, schools and residential homes across East and West Sussex."