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  • Family History

    Family  History

    The main aim is to help members establish and extend their family trees by collecting collating and reviewing what is known within the family, check sources of information to confirm details. Learn how to develop family research skills using record offices, websites and other specialist sources.

    New Members welcome

    Contact :      Jean Stirk

    Meetings :  Wednesday,   4th,   10.00 - 12.00

  • History of Art

    History of Art

    The group discusses topics on the history of art from medieval times to the present day. One member of the group does a preservation with slides (presented on a television screen or on Zoom). Then there is  discussion about the topic itself, its development, and its influence on later artists and styles.

    Contact: Lynn Mead

    Meetings: Tuesday 4th, 10:30 - 12:30


  • History of Transport


    The group covers all modes of transport on land, water and air. We have 10 meetings a year Members prepare one talk a year, followed by discussions.

    History of transport 300

    Contact :      Michael Harwood

    Meetings :   Thursdays,   3rd,   10.00 - 12.00


  • Industrial Heritage


    We look at the varied Industrial Heritage of the UK, ranging from Winemaking to how cricket balls are made. The first Gasworks in Sevenoaks was half way up Hollybush Lane with coal bought by horse and cart from Swanley. More fascinating secrets to be revealed in the coming months.

    Industrial heritage 300


    Contact :   David Gardner

    Meetings :   Fridays,   3rd,   14:00 - 16:00 pm

    Sue Christy’s Powerpoint presentation “Industries along the River Darenth”. 
    Click on the above link to download it

  • Industrial History


    We cover all aspects of the history of industrial activity from before the start of the industrial Revolution through to recent history, local, national and international subjects are all within our sphere. We research topics and give presentations at meetings. Interest rather than expertise is all that is needed.

    Industrial history 300

    Contact :   Rob Weighill & Mike Forrester

    Meetings :   Tuesdays,  2nd,  2.00 - 4.00


  • London Studies 1


    This is a well established group that has been running since 2005. We work in pairs to organise visits; the first month is a local meeting to present information on the trip, the second month is a full day visit to London either self guided or with a professional guide.

    London Studies 300

    Contact :   Diana Goymer

    Meetings :   Tuesdays,  3rd,  2 pm


  • London Studies 2


    We  divide into sub-groups and each in turn organises a visit to a place of interest. Usually each group organises one visit peryear.


    London Studies 2 300

    Contact :   Mike Davies

    Meetings :  Thursday 1st,   all-day visit.


  • London Villages

    London Villages

    London used to have over 140 separate villages  and we are working through the list.

    Each group member will choose a subject (person, building, event/s) connected with the village and gives a  presentation.  The programme for each village will begin with a scene setting talk from one member.
    Last year we did and this year we are doing Southwark.


    Contact: Beryl Mansell

    Meetings 3rd Thursday - 14:00 - 16:00


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  • Military History


     Members choose a topic for individual research and spend a morning presenting it to the group.  Meetings normally take place between October and March.(Vacancies)

    Military History 300

    Contact :   Nick White

    Meetings :   Tuesdays,  fortnightly,  10.30 - 12.30


  • Peace & Conflict Studies


    The Peace and Conflict Group embraces a much wider area of interest than just military battles. As we have evolved we have recognised that the background to conflict has much wider consequences which embrace factors such as Politics, Sociology, Economics and Technology, and this leads to a wider view of the effects of conflict and how it shapes the world in which we live.
    Our studies to date have included a family connection to the Battle of Trafalgar, the complex background to the current Middle East conflict, Military Intelligence and its impact on technology. For the future will be exploring similar topics.

    Peace & conflict studies 300

    Contact :   Bob Ruffles

    Meetings :   Otford Methodist Church, Wednesdays,  2nd,  1.30 - 3.30   #

  • History Through the Ages

    History Through the Ages

     We look at worldwide historical topics throughout the ages.  Each year the group chooses a particular period to work within covering Royalty, literature, technology, political figures and events.  Each member of the group chooses a subject and presents it to the group.  We have used Zoom during lockdown. (Vacancies)

    Medieval history 300

    Contact :   Linda Gilbert     or      Jennifer Ruffles

    Meetings :   Wednesday,  1st,  10.00 - 12.00

  • Taking an Age


    The group continues to explore periods of British history, including social, cultural and world affairs.  Members of the group take it in turns to give a presentation, usually PowerPoint, on an aspect of the period which interests them. 


    Contact :   David Milman

    Meetings :   Tuesdays,   2nd & 4th,   2.00 - 4.30


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