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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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Girls Behaving Badly: Jane Austen's Wicked Women - Mickleham Village Hall

A famous scene in Jane Austen's novel Emma is a picnic at Box Hill. Come to Mickleham at the foot of Box Hill to learn what happened and what it meant for Emma.

Jane Austen’s novels depict a genteel world of country houses in which everyone is expected to be on their best behaviour. But what happens when this world of manners and morals breaks down? During Jane Austen’s lifetime, women – and their fictional counterparts - were expected to be virtuous and biddable; what happens when, like Lydia Bennet, they are not?

This lecture by Annalie Talent explores how far Austen subverted her readers’ expectations and rebelled against what was expected of women in her day. From the riotous and rebellious girls that populate her teenage writings to the more famous heroines of her mature works, this is an enlightening and surprising look at the life and work of a woman who once declared ‘If I am a wild beast, I cannot help it.’

Annalie Talent is an Arts Society Accredited Lecturer.

The lecture is sponsored by The Arts Society East Surrey Area as part of the Mole Valley Arts Alive Festival.

Please join us for a glass of wine after the lecture.

This is NOT a free event. Tickets cost £5. Book using this link:


Remembering & Forgetting - local war memorials after WW1 ((LIVE TALK!)

Crossways Community Baptist Church Dorking

We’ve done a lot of remembering of the Great War – but “forgot to remember” a lot too.
Talk by Kathy Atherton of Dorking Museum

Free to DLHG members. £2 for non-members.

For more details see https://dlhg.org.uk/programme/
Want to join us? See https://dlhg.org.uk/membership/

Ancestors: A pre-history of Britain in seven burials with prof Alice Roberts

This is an online event is run by New Scientist magazine. There is a charge of £18.00. Tickets can be booked here: https://www.newscientist.com/science-events/alice-roberts-ancestors/

In this talk, Alice Roberts chooses seven burials to help to tell the story of British prehistory, from the Palaeolithic to the Iron Age. She delves into the history of each discovery - and looks at how the new science of genomics is revolutionising our perception of the deep past.

About the speaker: Professor Alice Roberts is a biologist, anthropologist, author and broadcaster. She's interested in the evolution, structure and function of humans and our place in the wider environment. Alice has presented more than a hundred biology and archaeology programmes on television, including The Incredible Human Journey, Origins of Us, Prehistoric Autopsy and Digging for Britain, as well as several Horizon programmes on the BBC.

She has written ten popular science books including The Incredible Human Journey, The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being, Tamed and her latest - Ancestors - A Prehistory of Britain in Seven Burials.

What's included in your ticket:
- Live lecture from Alice Roberts
- Hosted Q+A session with speaker
- On-demand access to a recording of the lecture and Q&A for 72 hours after the event
- Bonus content articles from New Scientist including:
- Alice Roberts: Archaeogenetics will help us solve mysteries of past
- Skull casket holding human bones reveals weird burial rituals
- Remains of a 3-year-old child are the oldest known burial in Africa
- Five death rituals to give you a new view on funerals
- 70,000-year-old remains suggest Neanderthals buried their dead

Remembering the 'hidden' heroes: The Black Rose Project"

Talk by historian Selena Carty.

The important contribution made by black servicemen in WW1, WW2 and other wars fought by British Empire has all too often been overlooked. both nationally and locally.

For example, it's largely forgotten that Surrey regiments like Queen’s (Royal West Surrey) had black soldiers in WW1, but they did - see www.exploringsurreyspast.org.uk/themes/subjects/black_history/harold-brown/ for an example. Black servicemen also played an important role in the Navy and Merchant Navy in both world wars but strangely this has been overlooked while the contribution of Indian Army regiments in WW1/2 is moderately well known - historians like Gordon Corrigan have written whole books on the subject.

The "Black Poppy Rose Project" (www.blackpoppyrose.org) was launched in September 2010 by Selena Carty to publicise the contributions made by the African/Black/Caribbean/Pacific Islands communities to various wars since the 16th century.

Around Remembrance Day this year, there will be a small exhibition about Black Poppy Rose by Dorking 's war memorial.

You will need to Zoom-register for this, the link will be available once you RSVP "Yes".
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