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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
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 pmInternal Migration to Portsea Island 1851-1901. Who were these migrants & where did they come from?Sue Turner

Forthcoming Meetings

September 4 2024

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 & where did they come from?
Sue has been researching her family for over 40 years and now also researches those of her partner,brothers in law and friends. She has recently graduated with Distinction with an MSc in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde.

This talk is based on the Dissertation from the course and looks what the Census reports and Registrar General's annual reports can tell us about the amount of net migration and where they came from. Portsea Island (now part of Portsmouth) was used as the example as it had a defined area and a varied population - Navy, Army, Dockyard workers and their suppliers. The talk will also describe some of the 72 migrant families that were studied - the famous, the infamous, the adventurous and those who stayed.

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