Contents: events, contacts for further information about members of the Forum, Croydon Museum projects, notes and queries, political meetings in Croydon Parks project
Council appoints new Museum & Archives Manager
Marie Tulley-Rose has been appointed as the new Museum & Archives Manager. Lindsay Auld reverts back to her role as Bough Archivist. Marie has previously worked for the Kenley airport project, the National Trust and the Natural History Museum.
Eleven Croydon Historic Buildings on Heritage England’s Buildings at Risk Register
Local and Social History events sponsored by Croydon Local Studies Forum organisations
Friday 24 May – Saturday 28 September. Coming Home
Croydon Museum Exhibition of a Croydon individual whose portrait is in the National Portrait Gallery.
Wednesday 29 – Friday 31 May. Croydon Old Palace Open days
Doors open 13.00, tour begins at 13.45, lasts about two hours including tea. Admission £7, Over 60s £6, Under 16s £3. Friends of Old Palace
Sunday 2 June. 12noon-5pm. Shirley Windmill Open day
Tour lasts about an hour, last at 16.00. Souvenirs and refreshments. Buses 130, 466, parking in Oaks Road.
Monday 3 June. 7.45pm. The Big Croydon Birdwatch
Talk by John Birkett for CNHSS
Monday 10 June 8pm. Croydon Airport
Talk by Graeme Roy for East Surrey Family History Society
Tuesday 11 June. 7.45pm. Transports of Delight
Talk by Alan Walters for Norbury & South London Transport Club
Thursday 20 June 8pm. A Miscellany of Old South Norwood
Talk by John Hickman for South London Local History Group
Saturday 22 June – Saturday 28 September. Windrush Generation
Exhibition curated by Tony Fairweather and community groups in project chaired by Councillor Patsy Cummings, with Government and Council funding.
Ground floor Clocktower
Monday 24 June. 7.45pm. The Great Fire of London
Talk by Andrew Warde, City of London Guide for CNHSS
Sunday 7 July. Noon – 5pm. Shirley Windmill Open day
See 2 June
Monday 8 July. 7.45pm. Never Thought of That
Talk by Lady Mary Teviot for East Surrey Family History Society
Wednesday 10 July. 7.45pm. The Magic of the Mind
Talk by Michael Symes, member of Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star
Thursday 18 July. 8pm. Ladywell and Brockley
Talk by Mike Guilfoyle for South London Local History Group
Sunday 4 August Noon to 5pm. Shirley Windmill Open day
See 2 June
August. 100 years of Council Housing
Croydon Museum and Croydon Housing team exhibition in Clocktower
Thursday 15 August. 7.45pm. More Bygone Streatham
Talk by John Brown for South London Local History Group
Sunday 1 September Noon – 5pm. Shirley Windmill Open day
See 2 June
Friday 6 September. Evacuation & the Outbreak of War
Croydon Museum evening event in Clocktower
Monday 9 September. 7.45pm. Stuart London
Talk by Ian Bevan for East Surrey Family History Society
Wednesday 11 September. 7.45pm. Happy Valley – Past, Present and Future
Talk by Dominic North for CNHSS
Thursday 19 September. 8pm. An A-Z of Croydon II
Talk by Mike Gilbert for South London Local History Group
Sunday 22 September. Noon-5pm. Shirley Windmill Open Day
See 2 June
Monday 23 September. 7.45pm. The Life and Times of Old Palace
Talk by Janice Barter for CNHSS
Tuesday 24 September 7.45pm. British Buses and Trolleybuses in the ‘60s and ‘70s
Talk by Graham Donaldson for Norbury & South London Transport Club
CNHSS – United Reformed Church, East Croydon
East Surrey Family History Society – St Matthew’s Church, Chichester Road, Croydon
Norbury & South London Transport Club – United Reformed Church, East Croydon
South London Local History Group – Phoenix Centre, Westow Street, Upper Norwood
November Local Studies Fair – November
The Local Studies Fair is organising a Fair on local history and studies in the Clocktower for either 9 or 16 November. It will include society stalls, talks, walks and films. Full details to be finalised.
Contacts for further information about members of the Forum
Bourne Society: bournesoc,org.uk; Hon. Secretary 020 8405 4833; email@example.com
Historic Croydon Airport Trust & Croydon Airport Visitor Centre:
www.croydonairport.org.uk; Airport House, Purley Way, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 0XZ; firstname.lastname@example.org
Croydon Natural History & Scientific Society (CNHSS): http://www.cnhss.org.uk/index.htm
Crystal Palace Foundation: www.crystalpalacefoundation.org.uk; Melvyn Harrison, 58 Laurier Road, Croydon, CR0 6JQ. 07889 338812.
East Surrey Family History Society: www.eastsurreyfhs.org.uk; email@example.com
Friends of Old Palace: www.friendsofoldpalace.org.uk. David Poole, 31 Princes Avenue, Carshalton Beeches, Surrey. 020 8643 5978. firstname.lastname@example.org
Friends of Shirley Windmill: www.shirleywindmill.org.uk. Tony Skrzypczyk, 39 Addiscombe Road, Croydon, CR0 6SA. 020 8406 4676.
Museum of Croydon: Lindsay Ould, Borough Archivist, Museum of Croydon, Croydon Clocktower, Katharine Street, Croydon, CR9 1ET. 020 8253 1022; email@example.com; or firstname.lastname@example.org
Norbury & South London Transport Club: www.norburyclub.org.uk. Graham Donaldson. email@example.com
South London Local History Group. Keith Holdaway, 223 Leigham Court Road, London SW16 2SD. 020 8761 175
Forum members also include Whitgift Foundation, and independent historians: Pam Buttrey, Sean Creighton, John Hickman, Carole Roberts and Paul Sowan.
Croydon Museum Projects
Fairfield Collections – coming to an end with database to be finished.
Ponds of Croydon – HLF project with The Conservation Volunteers
Layers of London – next workshop Tuesday 25 June. 2pm
Home Front Film – HLF/Croydon/Merton uses 1943 silent film to stimulate reminiscences of life and tome during the Second World War. To be shown at Clocktower event on 6 September.
Notes & Queries
Informal discussion between Forum embers and at the Forum meeting on 22 May identified the usefulness of exchanging snippets of information people find in the course of their researches about which other people may know. The new style newsletter of CNHSS has already triggered a lot of useful feedback. My snippets include:
John Mogge of 15 Norbury Ave – creditors notice November 1913
Daniel Peacock Wildbore and Edward Weller
The Smiths, mother and daughters suffrage activists living in Norbury
Carolie Sorabjee, living at 42 Sorley Park Rd in 1948
Any information would be grateful received and acknowledged: firstname.lastname@example.org
Political Meetings in Croydon Parks Project
Katrina Navickas, a Croydon resident and Reader in History at the University of Hertfordshire, is ‘researching the history of public space in England from 1700 to 2000. She has been looking at where political meetings were held in Croydon and in some of the London boroughs in the 19th century and early 20th century, particularly in parks. The Croydon County Borough Council parks committee minute books are a major source, and are revealing that the Parks Committee regularly received requests to hold political meetings by various groups, from the local Labour Party and socialists to the Union of Fascists. Public parks came to Croydon quite late in the 19th century compared with other towns, and there was disagreement within the Council over the purchase of Park Hill Park, with pressure being put by the leaders of the Ratepayers’ Society that the purchase would raise rates and that the site should be sold off for ‘respectable’ housing development. Similar debates were raised about the purchase of Addington Hills. The most common site requested by political groups for open air meetings was Duppas Hill Park. But it seems that the Parks Committee disallowed political meetings there often, and suggested that the political group should approach the main Council for permission to meet on Fairfield instead. Indoor meetings were usually held in the Greyhound Inn.’ Katrina is continuing her research into the patterns of contestation over these spaces for a forthcoming book and welcome any leads and suggestions.
Dr Katrina Navickas, School of Humanities, University of Hertfordshire, De Havilland Campus, Hatfield, Herts, AL10 9AB