Some Speakers from Surrey

Professor Anne Anderson

Anne’s specialities are in archaeology, art and architecture. Her many talks include “Voysey’s Surrey Houses”, “The DeMorgans and the Lovelaces” and “Surrey Arts and Crafts gardens.” She is a regular Arts Society lecturer.

Sam Dawson

Sam is a cave guide (for Reigate and Dorking caves), an author and an active member of ”Subterranea Britannica”, which researches and preserves the subterranean history of Britain. He lives in Dorking.

Kathy Atherton

Kathy specialises in history about the Dorking area, and is responsible for the exhibitions at Dorking Museum. Her talks include “Suffragettes & Socialists in Surrey”, “Literary Mole Valley”, and “Suffrage and WW1”.

David Rose

David writes a weekly history column in the local Woking paper. He lives in Guildford and has a wide range of talks including ” “The Rock & Roll Years in Guildford” and “Guildford’s Lost Shops”

Ros Black

Ros is a speaker and author whose most recent book “Scandal, Salvation and Suffrage – The Amazing Women of the temperance Movement” will be the basis of her first talk for us, in 2022. She lives in Haywards Heath.

Ian Castle

Ian specialises in WW1 German air raids on Britain, based on his own research. His talks include “The night the Zeppelins came: Croydon on the front line” & “The Zeppelin Onslaught: Britain’s Forgotten Blitz”

Carole Roberts

Carole, who is President of Croydon Natural History & Scientific Society, often speaks on Croydon’s history and has appeared on ‘Who Do You Think You Are.’ Her talks include “Town Hall & traders: High St. Croydon to 1901”

Cherrill Sands

Cherrill is a consultant garden historian with an MA in the Conservation of Landscapes, Parks and Gardens from the Architectural Association, London. She also works at Painshill Park and is a trained dancer!

Sean Creighton

Sean has a passion for “hidden history” /”history from below” that few learn at school. His talks include “Slavery & Abolition”; “The Labour movement in Croydon”; “Friendly Societies”; & “Samuel Coleridge-Taylor”.

Anne Milton-Worsell

Ann has taught History at the University of Surrey, the Open University and the WEA. Her Talks include “Saving the View from Richmond Hill”, “Victorians and Their Houses” and “How we kept the Wombles on Wimbledon Common”

John Griffiths-Colby

John has worked as a journalist and illustrator and offers a variety of talks on Local History, Business Change, Social Media, and Retro styling(!) We hope to book him for his “Finding Sapper Clay” talk in 2022. He lives in Reigate

Dr Anne Sassin-Allen

Anne is Projects and Outreach Officer
Company for Surrey Archaeological Society and a Tutor in Archaeology at Oxford University. She gives talks on many aspects of archaeology.

Dr Judith Hill

Judith taught history at the University of Surrey and is now a freelance speaker. Her talks include “Victorian Life Upstairs & Downstairs” and “The role of the workhouse in the early 19th century”.

Bob Evans

Bob used to be Tandridge District Council’s planning director. His talks include “Martello Towers”, “Defensive Installations in Tandridge” and “The Origin, Spirit and Purpose of Conservation Areas”

Paul Writtle

Paul was a major in the Territorial army, and offers a variety of talks on travel, things military and heritage transport in the UK and abroad (he is Vice Chairman of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Society.) He now lives in Woking.

Chris Bruce-Jones

A life-long Congregationalist, Chris is especially interested in Victorian religion. We look forward to his talk “Enterprising Friends : the commercial success of English Quakers in the 19th century” in late 2021.

Wandle Industrial Museum offer many talks, on diverse subjects including “The Surrey Iron Railway”, “Mills of the River Wandle” and “The Life of William Morris”, by a variety of speakers

Merton Priory Trust

Merton Priory is little known outside Merton, but, despite the vandalism of Henry VIII’s cronies, it is a unique archaeological survival with plenty of history. Talks can be arranged through Merton Priory Trust

The Surrey History Centre offers many talks, on local history and family history research, by a variety of speakers. Talks include “The Gentleman Magazine”, “Surrey on Film 1914-1953” and “John Evelyn’s Surrey”

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