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Co-ordinator: Jane Thomas


There is no set day in the month for meetings. We fit around the terrestrial centres.

These meetings are for Members only; if you wish to join the Society, please go to the Membership page above.
You will need to book for the Zoom meetings. To access the Zoom page in the Members Area, click here.
From the above page, you may also be able to watch a recording of the meeting (see below for an indication of whether a recording is available).

'Doors' open 30 mins before the talk starts on the hour.
There will be a short introduction and explanation of how the meeting will work.
Anyone arriving after the talk has commenced may be denied entry.


Date Doors Open Start Time Title Speaker
Wed1 May7.30 pm7.50 pmResearching & Writing "The Mourning Brooch" family saga Now bookingJean Renwick
Tue4 Jun7.30 pm7.50 pm"Besoms, Battledores, Bedsteads and Bum Rolls: the role of women in the seventeenth century" Janet Few
Wed4 Sep7.30 pm7.50 pm 'Industrial West Surrey: The Surprising Manufacturing History of the County'Richard Marks
Wed2 Oct7.30 pm7.50 pmThe MIsts of TimeNick Barratt
Tue5 Nov7.30 pm7.50 pmHeroes and Ghost Fighter pilot and scandalMichael Hallett
Tue3 Dec7.30 pm7.50 pm'Internal Migration to Portsea Island 1851-1901. Who were these Migrants and where did they come froSue Turner

Forthcoming Meetings

May 1 2024

Jean Renwick - Researching & Writing "The Mourning Brooch" family saga
Novelist Jean Renwick’s illustrated talk reveals years of painstaking research behind her family saga, The Mourning Brooch, based upon the lives of real people who lived in the second half of the 19th and first half of the 20th century. After inheriting a mourning brooch, Jean was intrigued to know who was Elizabeth Addy, commemorated in the brooch, and what happened to the two little girls she left behind. Acclaimed by family historians for its authenticity, the novels reveal how the sisters’ lives took them in very different directions.
Using newspaper archives, Jean discovered scandals which have added drama to the story. You will hear how Jean’s research in Yorkshire and the USA revealed much about the personalities of the characters, reflected in how she shaped the novels. The Mourning Brooch Book One, An Ending. A Beginning covers 1839-1876 and Book Two, Moving On reaches 1913.
If you wish to read the books ahead of the talk, they are available as a paperback or for Kindle on Amazon.
Do you have a piece of mourning jewellery? Bring it to the meeting and, before the talk, share what you know of its history

June 4

Janet Few - "Besoms, Battledores, Bedsteads and Bum Rolls: the role of women in the seventeenth century"
A History Interpreter, Writer, Speaker and Researcher, Dr Janet Few is an experienced and qualified family, social and community historian She is interested in the women in history -often missing in many records
This talk describes the cooking, cleaning, the making and laundering of clothes, maintaining the garden and the many other tasks of the Stuart housewife.

September 4

Richard Marks - 'Industrial West Surrey: The Surprising Manufacturing History of the County'
Richard Marks is a published freelance historian based in Berkshire.Having spent a long career as a system engineer working with British manufacturing companies across a broad range of sectors, gives him an in-depth knowledge of industry and business, which has proved valuable in interpreting economic history.
Surrey would not be a county that many would include in British industrial history, imagining that there was no industry in the county. This could not be further from the truth. Surrey, has a rich industrial past. The county was an important part of Britain’s early aerospace industry, railways, engineering and many other parts of the British economy. Without the traditional huge workshops of the north, how did Surrey, contribute to the advancement of British technology and manufacturing?

October 2

Nick Barratt - The MIsts of Time
Early records and where to find them

November 5

Michael Hallett - Heroes and Ghost Fighter pilot and scandal
A talk about a hero and a family scandal,

December 3

Sue Turner - 'Internal Migration to Portsea Island 1851-1901. Who were these Migrants and where did they come fro
Sue studied the census returns and traced them back to their native parts.

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