Bexley Historical Society's talks are held monthly at 7.45pm for 8pm start at the hall of St John Fisher RC Church, 48, Thanet Road, Bexley Kent DA5 1AP. Talks are free for Members. Visitors are very welcome with a fee of £2.50 per meeting.
There is a small car park next to the St John Fisher Church and there is a public car park in Thanet Road which is free after 6pm. Bexley Village is served by bus routes: 132, 229, 269, 492, B12. Bexley Railway Station is a short walk away.
Talks in 2017
Monday 9 January 2017: Woolwich Women at War, by Steve Hookins
'Woolwich Women at War' is a serious look at the amazing contribution made by women in WW1 working in the Royal Arsenal under the guidance of Dame Lilian Barker. Steve Hookins is an ARP Warden Re-enactor, author, historian and battlefield tour guide. Since 2009 he has worked as part of the MoD curatorial team at Firepower, Royal Artillery Museum. More about him can be seen at www.stevehookins.co.uk.
Monday 13 February 2017: AGM, followed by Childhood in the Second World War, by Alan Tizzard
The story of how wartime stole a childhood.
Monday 13 March 2017: The History of Kemnal Road, by Tony Allen
Kemnal Road in Chislehurst has an interesting history. Information on its residents and houses can be seen at www.kemnal-road.org.uk.
Monday 10 April 2017: Once Upon a Dover Road, by Bonita Chamberlain
A 'trip' from Shooters Hill to Crayford, illustrated with slides of watercolours by the artist Paul Linnington.
Monday 8 May 2017: Diamond Queens, by Peter Hartley
A look at Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II. Peter Hartley was on the staff of the Royal Household until his retirement.
Monday 12 June 2017: Seaside Sauce, by Alan Payne
Alan Payne is an experienced tour guide and public speaker. 'Seaside Sauce' is about Donald McGill, a quiet and reserved man from a respectable family in Blackheath, who went on to become the leading pioneer of the humorous seaside postcard. But after decades of success it all turned sour in the 1950s when McGill was prosecuted for obscenity. As we trace his long career and examine many examples of his work, you can make your own mind up. Your reaction to his work will be a good test of the defence he attempted to use in court.
Monday 10 July 2017: How Charing Got Its Cross, by John Halligan
John Halligan is a City of London Guide and his website is at http://jhlondonwalks.co.uk.
Monday 14 August 2017: Our August Quiz, by Sally Kirkpatrick
Monday 11 September 2017: Backstage to Front of House, by John Logan Short
John Logan Short is a retired Front of House manager at Churchill Theatre, Bromley.
Monday 9 October 2017: Along the River Cray, by Denise Baldwin and Katherine Harding
A look at the history of the River Cray which flows from Orpington to the River Darent at Dartford Creek, passing by the old mills and industrial and residential areas of St Mary's Cray, Foots Cray and Crayford.
Monday 13 November 2017: Hellfire and Brimstone, by Nick Hepher
Construction consultant Nick will tell us the fascinating history of cement.
Monday 11 December 2017: Tales of a Modern Day Plant Hunter, by Tom Hart Dyke
Tom Hart Dyke first shot to international prominence in 2000, when he was kidnapped in the Panamanian jungle on a plant hunting expedition that went dangerously wrong. After Tom's return home to his ancestral home of Lullingstone Castle, near Sevenoaks, Kent he created the 'World Garden', which now sees a steady stream of visitors every year.