Martin Lloyd

Martin has been lecturing to various groups, including U3A, National Trust, historical societies, Gresham College and business groups since 2008. Previously worked for HM Immigration Service, and has broadcast on local and national television and radio.


Secret Art in the Passport: How we use it to fox the forger

In his seminal book, The Passport, the History of Man’s Most Travelled Document, Martin Lloyd traces passports back three and a half millennia. In this lecture he takes you back a mere three and a half centuries to demonstrate with the aid of In his book, illustrations from his collection of historic passports, how passport design developed from the handwritten paper to the technically complex document that we use today and how art and artisanship have played an important and sometimes secret part in this longstanding desire to fox the forger. He will show you how the forgers have responded to the challenge presented by these secret safeguards. You will never look at your passport in the same light again.