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This meetup is intended to coordinate local history activity in Surrey. It promotes existing groups and organises events of its own. During the Corona virus lockdown we are running The Lockdown Lectures, a series of online talks using the Zoom conference system.

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Droughts, Deluges and Dust-devils: 350 years of weather in SE UK

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Climate change is much discussed at the moment, but we’ve had our share of extreme weather in the past few centuries too. Talk by popular Surrey Weatherman Ian Currie.

£2 for non-members

Redhill: A Century of Change

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Blurb: "Local historian John Capon presents an illustrated journey through 100 years of almost continuous change in the life and appearance of a town which owes its existence to the railway, but has grown in size and significance to become a major traffic hub and shopping centre.
Historic pictures will trace each stage of its development up to the present time, with an informative and entertaining commentary mixed with some music from each decade."

Tickets £7. See

Please note that there's an afternoon show as well,but I'll be going to the evening one.

Industrial Archaeology Hiding in Plain Sight

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This is the first in the Surrey Industrial History Group series of Autumn virtual lectures to be given by Simon Ritchie.
The Ordnance Survey has been mapping the UK for over 200 years. Until recently they used simple mathematics, theodolites and a national network of benchmarks and trig points to achieve one metre accuracy, a triumph of engineering in its day. This network is now redundant and beginning to need conservation, but nobody is picking up that responsibility.

'Art of the City' : Two Lectures by Alexandra Epps, Guide to the City of London

There is a fee for this event of £20 per person - to book a place and information on payment methods are available on the booking form:

As part of Mole Valley Arts Alive 2022, The Arts Society Leatherhead have organised a Special Interest Morning: the ‘Art of the City’, which will focus on two different art topics connected with our great capital. We begin by exploring the 'Art of Light’ - Stained Glass in the City. We will learn about the magical qualities of stained-glass windows in the historic churches of the City of London - windows both old and modern created by a series of remarkable artists and craftsmen in a variety of styles. We will discover their unique storytelling, symbolism, and above all their radiant visual beauty.

After a break for coffee and pastries, we will then explore the ‘Art of the River’ - Inspirations of the Thames. The River Thames has inspired artists for over three hundred years and continues to do so today. We will discover a selection of artists from the historical to the contemporary and experience their fascinating views of the river and interpretations of its eventful history.

Alexandra Epps is a Qualified Guide and Lecturer to the City of London, as well as an Official Guide and Lecturer at Tate Modern, Tate Britain and Guildhall Art Gallery. She is a Member of the City of London Guide Lecturers Association and co-author of the book Lord Mayor's Portraits[masked] (2015).

The Harrison Room, The Old Barn Hall, Church Road,
Bookham, KT23 3PQ

09.30 am Arrive (coffee / tea available)
10.00 am Lecture 1: The Art of Light: Stained Glass in the City
11.00 am Break for coffee / tea with a selection of Pastries
11.30 am Lecture 2: The Art of the River: Inspirations of the Thames
12.30 pm Questions and Farewells

The Cost is £20 per person
For information on how to book and pay the fee, please see the booking form available on our website:

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Gavin's Reigate Ghost Tour!

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