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Co-ordinator: Jane Thomas

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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, e.g. muting of your microphone, raising of questions, etc just before the talk.
Anyone arriving after the talk has commenced may be denied entry.


Date Time Title Speaker
Tue21 Jun7.30 pm for 8.00 pmThe Development of Surrey’s Railways Now bookingDavid Rose
Tue13 Sep7.30 pm for 8.00 pmFashion and FollyJane Lewis
Tue11 Oct7.30 pm for 8.00 pmEthical Dilemmas in GenealogyPenny Walters

Forthcoming Meetings

June 21 2022

David Rose - The Development of Surrey’s Railways
David Rose is a local historian and writer. He has a large collection of vintage photographs to illustrate his talk, a whistle–stop tour from the Surrey Iron Railway at the start of the 19th century, followed by how and when lines were laid, former railway companies, to the BR era and back to privatization.

September 13

Jane Lewis - Fashion and Folly

Jane is a professional genealogist at surrey History Centre, who also loves the history of fashion and textiles. She enjoys using her knowledge of fashion to help date photographs but a few years ago the WSFHS commissioned her to write a fun talk on fashion to help celebrate their 40th anniversary. Fashion and Folly was the result of this. The Talk was originally entitled ‘No Pain, No Gain’ as it explores the many extremes that both women and men (although it has to be said, mainly women!) go to in order to be considered fashionable. Some of these are ridiculous, most uncomfortable and some downright dangerous. There may be some members among the audience who remember some of them – or at least remember their mothers talking about them!

October 11

Penny Walters - Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy
Dr. Walters has been a University lecturer for 30 years, and currently teaches Masters
Business Studies at Bristol University. Penny's interest in genealogy started after
having her first child and then wondering about her biological parents, as she was
adopted. Genealogy is now a very popular hobby. Researching family history now
involves finding information quickly on the internet and interacting with strangers,
often looking into other peoples’ lives. This session will look at some specific
examples of ethical dilemmas within adoption, DNA testing , ethnicity and identity,
revealing (or not) other people’s secrets and lies.

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