Turtle supplies core content for exhibitions and advertising campaigns. His clients include Iarnród Éireann (Irish Rail), Maxol, Flahavan's, Pernod-Ricard (Jameson), Irish Whiskey Assets, Brown-Forman (Slane Whiskey), Fáilte Ireland (Ireland's Ancient East, Cork Harbour), LeisureWorld (St Peter's Church), TellTale UK (Avondale), Illva Saronno / 1751 (Royal Oak Distillery), Waterford Whiskey (Mark Reynier), Weir 's (jeweller) and Waterways Ireland (Maxmedia).
In December 2019, Turtle teamed up with Chief Gary Batton of the Choctaw Nation to tell a remarkable story from the Great Hunger.
Thank you for making the time to talk to us. You added such a vital part to the story and we couldn't have made it without you.
Melissa Jean Gismondi, producer
How and where a barley crop is grown is an integral part of Waterford Distillery's identity. Turtle provided the histories of these farms, unearthing many stories of national and international significance.
Turtle was commissioned by 1751 to research the history of distilling in Ireland for both Slane Whiskey and Walsh's Whiskey.
Turtle has been working closely with Fáilte Ireland's campaign to promote Ireland's Ancient East, gathering facts and delivering talks on castles, churches, battles and chieftains. He has also given a series of workshops with his colleagues at the Hidden Story.
It was a pleasure working with Turtle from the early stages of project planning to the delivery on our launch night. He was professional, accessible, 100% reliable, easy to talk to and generous with advice and experience. His team worked tirelessly to ensure the visual delivery and content exceeded our expectations. We'd be happy to recommend Turtle to our industry colleagues. We would certainly work with him in the future.
Programme & Events Manager
St Peter's Cork
Turtle has managed to massage the modern curiosity of celebrity, scandal, rogues and nostalgia into .... something utterly unique in the online world: it makes history, and genealogy, cool. He is a walking encyclopedia of the kind of information that gets people curious. His stories are bait for anyone keen on Ireland as somewhere to visit.
Turtle's ability to transform what can sometimes be considered quite ‘dry’ material into engaging and informative content was amazing and without a doubt made our exhibition a success.
Marketing & Communications
Turtle provided the historical content for ‘Reflections: The Lasting Legacy of Our Waterways', an exhibition hosted by Waterways Ireland at the 2018 World Canals Conference in Athlone. He also supplied the information for a 2019 exhibition on a remarkable diving suits now on show at Waterways Ireland in Scarriff, County Clare.
Turtle's work meant our strategy was built on strong foundations. He combines research and communication skills with an excellent understanding of how to make the past compelling, especially to non-specialist audiences. He is a first class presenter, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and humorous. His condensed rollicking and brilliantly illustrated version of the complexity of Cork's marine heritage and its contemporary relevance was important in demonstrating its value and potential to stakeholders.
Turtle frequently collaborates with the Hidden Story, providing consultancy services to tourism businesses and communities, including storytelling training, destination development and mentoring.
Projects include a tourism destination feasibility study in the Lingaun Valley region with Kilkenny LEADER Partnership, storytelling workshops for Wexford County Council and ongoing consultancy work for First Western and Fáilte Ireland with clients such as Mosse Pottery.
Directed and narrated by Turtle Bunbury, ‘Cork 1918’ recounts the events of 101 years ago when Cork and its harbour played a pivotal role in the First World War. Set against a backdrop of the Spanish Flu, the end of the war, a rising tide of feminism and an earth-shaking General Election, this short film follows the exploits of some of the soldiers, politicians, suffragettes and rebels who made an impact over the course of that epic year. The film was commissioned by St Peter's Church, Cork.
The feedback on Twitter and word of mouth about Turtle's Hidden Histories has been fantastic. People tell me that they look forward to it every week, and how different it is from anything else.
Producer, Newstalk Breakfast
Mr Bunbury’s attributes include: a true researcher’s curiosity to increase our knowledge about the past; an ability to communicate with great fluency his material and ideas; and a commitment to his subjects that makes him worthy of the title ‘passionate scholar.’
Thames & Hudson
In 2012, Turtle founded and curated the History Festival of Ireland, which took place at Lisnavagh House, his family's ancestral home in County Carlow. He curated the 2013 festival amid the splendid ruins of Duckett’s Grove in County Carlow, and supervised proceedings at the 2014 festival in Huntington Castle, County Carlow. The poster for the 2013 festival, opposite, is by the eminent Derry Dillon.
Over the course of the three years, he arranged for over a hundred leading historians, writers, playwrights and thinkers from Ireland, the UK, Canada and the USA to contribute to these highly regarded weekends of debate, discussion, readings and interviews.
Turtle was one of the early advisors on the excellent Flat Lake Literary Festival in County Monaghan. He has also been a consultant with the West Cork History Festival.
He appeared at the Chalke Valley History Festival in 2019.
The story of over 1000 years of Cork's maritime history, told though the tales of the pirates, patriots, emigrants, queens, chancers & warriors who sailed upon the River Lee and beheld Cork City and Harbour in ages past. The exhibition depicted in this footage is curated by historian Turtle Bunbury.
John Henry Foley (1818-1874) was probably the most influential sculptor in Irish history. Born in Dublin, his breath-taking statues and equestrian masterpieces strode across city squares and parklands from Dublin to Kolkata to Virginia.
His best-known Irish works include the Daniel O’Connell monument on O’Connell Street and the Father Mathew statue in Cork. Queen Victoria personally requested Foley create the statue of her beloved husband for the Albert Memorial in London.
When Foley died, the queen decreed that the gifted Irishman be buried in Westminster Abbey, an extraordinary honour for a man born into relative poverty in Dublin’s northside.
To mark the bicentenary of Foley's birth, Turtle Bunbury teamed up with Sé Merry Doyle of LoopLine Films and the Office of Public Works to host ‘Ireland Salutes John Henry Foley’, an afternoon of film, talks and debate at Dublin Castle, co-starring Dr Patrick Wallace, Dr Paula Murphy, Jason Ellis and Ronan Sheehan.