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!.
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
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”.
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
SEPT TO DEC PROGRAMME SUMMARY
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