Croydon Local Studies Forum Events of Local Interest  February to April


 Note: Unless otherwise stated the meetings of CNHSS, EHSFS and NLTSC take place at the United Reformed Church, East Croydon. 

Until 16 April. Daily 10am-4pm. WW1 – Remembering 1916 Exhibition.

Whitgift School, Haling Park, South Croydon 

Sundays 5 February. 11am– 4pm. Croydon Airport Visitor Centre Open Day

Airport House, Purley Way, Buses 119, 289

Monday 6 February. 7.45. A very large collection of very small things: The microscope slides of J T Queckett

Hannah Cornish, Collections Assistant, Royal College of Surgeons. CNHSS

Tuesday 14 February. 8pm. Single deck buses and trolleybuses

Colin Read. NLTSC

Thursday 16 February.  8pm. Fitzroy, Darwin and the Galapos

Peter and Alison Austin. Phoenix Centre, Westow Street, Upper Norwood. SLLHG

Monday 20 February. 7.45pm. Wildlife in a Surrey Garden

Jeremy Early. CNHSS

Tuesday 21 February.  8pm. British Working Dress c1750-1950

Jayne Shrimpton. ESHFS

Monday 27 February. 7.45pm. Growing up in radical Croydon: Grace Oakshott, her associates and their aspirations in the nineteenth century

Jocelyn Robson. CNHSS

Tuesday 28 February.  8pm. The Work of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution

Colin Brown. NSLTC

Sunday 5 March.11am– 4pm. Croydon Airport Visitor Centre Open Day

See 5 February

Wednesday 8 March.7.45pm. Glories in gold and glass – St Paul’s Cathedral mosaics

Dr Heike Zech. CNHSS

Tuesday 14 March. 8pm. Underground London

A presentation about some of the lesser known aspects of the capital by Nick Catford. NLSTC.

Thursday 16 March. 8pm.  Gatwick: The Early Years

John King

Phoenix Centre, Westow Street, Upper Norwood. SLLHG

Monday 20 March. 7.45pm. ‘On your knees’ – Hearthstone mines in Surrey c1820-1960

Paul Sowan. CNHSS

Tuesday 21 March. 8pm. All roads lead to Smithfield

Ian Waller. ESFHS

Monday 27 March. 7.45pm. The Defensive installations of the Tandridge District

Bob Evans. CNHSS

Tuesday 28 March. 8pm. Sweet Steam in Java

David Bowker. NSLTC

Sunday 2 April. 11am– 4pm. Croydon Airport Visitor Centre Open Day

See 5 February

Monday 3 April. 7.45pm. Sopwith Aircraft and the Great War

David Hassard, Kingston Aviation Centenary Project. CNHSS

Wednesday 5 – Friday 7 April. Croydon Old Palace Open Days

Doors open 13.00, tour begins 13.45, lasts about two hours including tea. Admission £7, Over 60s £6, Under 16s £3. FOOP

Thursday 20 April.8pmAround Brixton

Alan Piper. Phoenix Centre, Westow Street, Upper Norwood. SLLHG 

Monday 24 April. 7.45pm. Tom Byron – emigrant to Canada and pioneer cattle rancher

Nigel Elliot. CNHSS


  • From leaflet compiled Graham Donaldson. The leaflet can be found at Croydon Libraries and Local Studies.
  • Please note a charge may be made for some meetings and events. Enquire for details.
  • Whilst member societies do their best to adhere to the published programme, occasional changes may be unavoidable. Please check with organiser to be sure.

 Contacts for further information

 Bourne Society <BS>

Croydon Airport Society <CAS> and Croydon Airport Visitor Centre <CAVC>;

Croydon Natural History & Scientific Society <CNHSS>

Crystal Palace Foundation <CPF>

East Surrey Family History Society <ESFHS>

Friends of Church Alley <FOCA>

Friends of Old Palace <FOOP>

David Poole, 31 Princes Avenue, Carshalton Beeches, Surrey. 020 8643 5978

Friends of Shirley Windmill <FOSW>


Museum of Croydon <MC>

Lindsay Ould, Borough Archivist,

Museum of Croydon, Croydon Clocktower,

Katharine Street, Croydon, CR9 1ET. 020 8253 1022.


Norbury & South London Transport Club <NSLTC>



Note: Along with other independent historians involved in research and writing about Croydon history I have been invited to attend Forum meetings. I co-ordinate

  • Croydon Radical History Network
  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Network

For further details email me at

Note: Amended 4 June following discussion at Local Studies Forum about including personal contact details on the web.


About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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