DLHG Programme

Spring & Summer 2021 

  • Members will be sent emails with meeting registration details for Zoom talks
  • We plan to restart physical talks at the Crossways Community Baptist Church at Junction Road, Dorking in September this year
  • All talks are on Mondays and start at 7:15 for 7:30pm unless otherwise stated

5th July (Zoom): Who’s who in Hoo
Talk by Kent-based local historian Christoph Bull on the surprising history of Kent’s Hoo Peninsula, including Roman sea walls, William the Conqueror’s half-brother, Charles Dickens, WW1 explosive makers and more!.

Saturday 24th / Sunday 25th July 2PM: “Film Locations in Shere Organised walk by local guide Gavin Dulley who will wax lyrical on the many films that have been shot in Shere, including 4 Weddings & a Funeral and a Bridget Jones film.
Two hours £7. Limited spaces, book early!

26th July (Zoom): The History of Postcards 

From beaches & landscapes to Donald McGill and more – including some from Dorking. A talk by Kevin Gordon, local history author, Honorary Historian for Seaford Town Council, & accredited Tour Guide for the Palace of Westminster

Thurs 29 July 2PM:Guided tour of Wandle Industrial Museum & short river walk
Two hours £2.50. Limited spaces, book early!

2nd August(Zoom)
Secret Britain: Unearthing Our Mysterious Past
Time Team presenter Mary-Ann Ochota will reveal secret histories from around Britain, including “A cornucopia of our weirdest and most wonderful archaeological sites and artefacts”.
Book early!

16th August(Zoom):
Searching for Inspector Donaldson.

A talk on the first policeman to be murdered in Surrey, told by Donaldson’s great-great grandson, Henry Pelham, who found the story while researching family history. Local interest: PC Donaldson once patrolled Dorking for the force


06/09   Mills of the River Wandle – Mick Taylor,  Dorking

27/9 – A history of Croydon High St until 1901 – Carole Roberts, Zoom

04/10 John Evelyn’s Surrey – Isabel Sullivan, Dorking

01/11 Remembering & Forgetting:  local war memorials after WW1 – Kathy Atherton, Dorking

25/10/21 – Canal History and Heritage (including the Way & Arun Canal) by Roger Butler, Zoom

22/11 – The Dissolution of the Monasteries- Superstition, Scandal and Dodgy Dealings (including some in Surrey!) – Julia Hickey, Zoom

06/12 Charles Voysey’s Surrey houses – Anne Anderson, Dorking

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