Some Speakers from Surrey

Anne Anderson‘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 is a cave guide, author and an active member of ”Subterranea Britannica”, which researches and preserves the subterranean history of Britain. He lives in Dorking.

Kathy Atherton 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 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”, “Surrey Villages, Past and Present” and “Guildford’s Lost Shops”

Judith Hill 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”.

Ian Castle 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”

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

Cherrill Sands 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!

Carole Roberts, 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”

Anne Milton-Worsell 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”

Sean Creighton 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 Sassin-Allen is Projects and Outreach Officer or Surrey Archaeological Society, and a Tutor in Archaeology at Oxford University. She gives talks on many aspects of archaeology.

Paul Whittle 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.

Bob Evans 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”

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 including Mick Taylor and John Hawks

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

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”

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

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