2022 Draft Programme

10th Jan 2022 (Dorking)
“Dorking Music Hall”

Before WW1, and for a while afterwards, Music Hall was everywhere – and that included Dorking. Learn more from Brian O’Gorman, the Official Historian of the British Music Hall Society


31st January 2022 (Zoom)
“The South at Work”

Talk by Geoffrey Mead, a retired Geography lecturer at Sussex University. This talk looks at the trades and industries, historic and contemporary, which have helped shape our region, from iron and timber in the Weald to fishing and boatbuilding along the Channel shore, and more.


7th February 2022 (Dorking)
Members’ Evening

Probably four 10-minute talks by members on different topics. If you’d like to contribute, please let us know.


21st February 2022 (Zoom)
“To Journey’s End – the Life of RC Sherriff”

Talk by Pete Allen, the Director of The RC Sherriff Trust, on one of Woking’s most distinguished residents, who wrote the famous WW1 play “Journey’s End” and many film scripts including “The Dambusters” and “The Four Feathers”


7th March 2022 (Dorking)
“Suffragettes and Socialists in Surrey”

Talk by Kathy Atherton of Dorking Museum. Includes the Pethick-Lawrences and their circle in the villages around Dorking.


21st March 2022 (Zoom)
“Quakers at War (in Surrey and elsewhere)”

Talk by Dr Frances Hurd. In 1947 work of Quakers (Society of Friends) during the Second World War was recognised with the Nobel Peace Prize. Why did they receive it? What have Quakers done to help combatants and civilians during wartime, and when did they start doing it? And who are the Quakers, anyway?


04 April      “ Death in Tudor and Stuart Dorking” by Sue Jones+ AGM (Dorking)

25 April      “Smuggling Days& Smuggling Ways” by Mark Lewis (Zoom)

09 May   “Scandal Salvation & Suffrage: Temperance women” by Ros Black (Dorking)

23 May “Anglo-Saxon Surrey” by William Aers (Zoom)

06 June “Guildford: The Rock & Roll Years” by David Rose (Dorking)

13 June  “Victorian Ways of Death (Woking and Elsewhere)” by Helen Frisby (Zoom)

4th July “The Royal Observatory at Abinger” by Graham Dolan (Dorking”

Possibilities for 2nd half of 2022:
‘Octavia Hill and Robert Hunter – what they did for Surrey’ by Anne Milton-Worssell
“Surrey Friendly Societies” or “John Burns – Radical Surrey MP” by Sean Creighton
“Brewing along the Wandle Valley” or “The Wandle Calico People” by Wandle Museum
“History of Policing the Railways” by Kevin Gordon (Zoom only)
“Finding Sapper Clay” by John Griffiths-Colby (November?)
Talk on Quex / Powell Cotton (Kent Gardens/Museum) by Inbal Livne (Zoom only)
“Surrey Villages Then and Now” or “Railways Of Surrey” by David Rose
” New Surrey Archaeological finds” by Simon Maslin (Zoom?)
“the Ghosts of Hampton Court” by Sarah Slater

Date (Dorking)






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