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  • 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

    Family history 1 300
  • 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.

    Contact :      Michael Harwood

    Meetings :   Thursdays,   3rd,   10.00 - 12.00


    History of transport 300
  • 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 also organise occasional visits and links with other history groups.  We have operated on Zoom but are now meeting at each others houses. Vacancies  for 1 or 2 more.

    Medieval history 300

    Contact :   Linda Gilbert     or      Jennifer Ruffles

    Meetings :   Wednesday,  1st,  10.00 - 12.00

  • 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.

    Contact :   Diana Goymer

    Meetings :   Tuesdays,  3rd,  2 pm


    London Studies 300
  • 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.


    Contact :   Amanda Birch

    Meetings :  Thursday 1st,   all-day visit.


    London Studies 2 300
  • London Villages
    Walthamstow Tudor house (002)


    London used to have over 140 separate villages  and many of them have very interesting histories.
    Group members choose a subject (such as a 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.
    So  far we  have investigated Clerkenwell, Southwark, Greenwich, and Richmond. We intend to visit some of the places we have researched.

    Contact:   Beryl Mansell

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

  • 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.

    Contact :   Nick White

    Meetings :   Tuesdays,  fortnightly,  10.30 - 12.30


    Military History 300
  • Our Industrial Past


    This new group combines the disbanded Industrial Heritage and Industrial History groups. We will discuss the history of industrial activity from early times to within living memory, covering local, national and international subjects. We like members to contribute with research and presentations. Interest rather than expertise is all that is needed.

    Contact :  Rob Weighil

    Meetings :   3rd Wednesday, 14.00 - 16.00

    Industrial heritage 300
  • Peace & Conflict Studies

                                                    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 the complex background to the current conflict in Ukraine, Heads of State and Napoleon III in Exile. For the forthcoming programme we will be exploring Yugoslavia, The Pentagon Papers and Vietnam and the 1812 War and other topics.

    Contact :   Bob Ruffles
    Meetings :   Otford Methodist Church, Wednesdays,  2nd,  1.30 - 3.30

    Peace & conflict studies 300

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