Croydon National History & Scientific Society
Monday 16 January. 7.45pm. Jane Austen – People and Places
Talk by Sylvia Solarski on aspects of Austen’s life in London, Surrey and some of the other Home Counties.
Monday 23 January. 7.45pm. Beddington Sewage Works 1960 to 1987
A talk by Robin Ashford on his involvement in its design, construction and management.
Sunday 26 February. 2.30pm. Croydon Old Town walk.
CNHSS walk led by Paul Sowan. Meet at Croydon Minster west door.
Monday 24 April. 7.45pm. Tom Byron: emigrant to Canada and pioneer cattle rancher
Talk by Nigel Elliott. Tom, the eldest son of Edmund Byron, chose to emigrate rather than inherit the Coulsdon estate.
All CNHSS meetings above are in the Small Hall of the United Reformed Church Hall, Addiscombe Grove, East Croydon, CR0 5LP. Visitors welcome, donations accepted.
African Heritage Volunteer Tours at V&A
The V&A Europe 1600 – 1815 African Heritage Galleries Tour series are specialist structures tours researched, written and presented by 10 volunteer guides who were trained earlier in 2016. Come and join them and share in their passion and pride as they reveal the extraordinary Afro-European narratives within the new Europe 1600 – 1815 Galleries. Evert Friday from 6 January at 3pm and 17.30pm, and Saturdays from 7 January at 3pm. weekly except the last week of each month. Meet at The Meeting Point in the Grand Entrance of the museum.
Friends of Summerstown182 Project – Tooting
Saturday 28 January. 2pm. Guided Walk, Earlsfield
St Mary’s Church, Wimbledon Road, SW17. Ramble through industrial heartland of the Summerstown182 passing locations where many of them once lived. Also featuring the Corruganza Strike, Wimbledon Stadium, the Lost Streets of Earlsfield, Coppermill Lane and Garratt Mills.
Saturday 18 February. 2pm. ‘Waterloo Sunset’ Walk, Lambeth
St John’s Church, 73 Waterloo Road, Lambeth, SE1 (off Waterloo Bridge roundabout close to IMAX cinema). Using Charles Booth’s maps this walk will track the movements of the family of one of the Summerstown182 in the Lambeth area, 100 years ago. A fascinating insight into the much-changed area between Waterloo Station and The Elephant and Castle.
Saturday 11 March. 2pm. Women of Summerstown Guided Walk, Tooting/Earlsfield
Meet St Mary’s Church, Wimbledon Road, SW17. This walk will celebrate the stories of the mothers, wives, girlfriends, sisters and daughters of the Summerstown182 and examine the effects of the war on the home front.