Programme of Events

  • Members will be sent Zoom talks registration details by email
  • Talks are on Mondays, 7:15 for 7:30pm unless otherwise stated

27th September (Zoom)
Town Hall & traders: High Street Croydon to 1901

Talk by Carole Roberts, President of Croydon Natural History & Scientific Society, on the development of Croydon High Street with several comparisons to how it looks today


4th October (Dorking)
John Evelyn’s Surrey

Horticulturalist John Evelyn (1620-1706) was born in Surrey and kept a diary that provides important insights into his era.
Talk by Isabel Sullivan of Surrey History Centre


Victorian Farm Worker

25th October (Zoom)
“The South at Work”

Talk by geographer Geoffrey Mead, looking at the historic and contemporary trades and industries which have shaped our region, from iron and timber in the Weald to boat building along the Channel shore, and more.


1st November (Dorking)
Remembering & Forgetting: local WW1 memorials

We’ve done a lot of remembering of the Great War – but “forgot to remember” a lot too, both nationally and locally.
Talk by Kathy Atherton of Dorking Museum, author of “WW1 in Dorking”


WW1 British Soldier

8th November (Zoom)
Remembering the heroes from all over the Commonwealth: BlackPoppyRose Campaign”

The important contribution made by black servicemen from the Caribbean, Africa & elsewhere in WW1, WW2 & other wars fought by Britain has all too often been overlooked. The Black Poppy Rose Project ( aims to rectify this.
Talk by historian Selena Carty


22nd November (Zoom)
Dissolution of the Monasteries- Superstition, Scandal & Dodgy Dealing

Meet pirates, highwaymen & thieves – and that’s just a few of the monks! And some of them were in Surrey.
Talk by historian Dr Julia Hickey.


6th December (Dorking)
Charles Voysey’s Surrey houses

Charles Voysey (1857-1941) was an architect and designer who was a source of inspiration to Art Nouveau and built several notable properties in Surrey.
Talk by Dr Anne Anderson


13th December (Zoom)
Enterprising Friends: English Quakers in the 19th century

Quakers such as Josiah Wedgwood, Abraham Darby, George Cadbury, Edward Pease and James Clark played a prominent role in our industrial revolution. Find out more in this talk by Chris Bruce-Jones