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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.

Upcoming events (5)

Chelsea History Festival

Online event

A lot of good speakers here, many offering FREE online talks. See https://chelseahistoryfestival.online.red61.co.uk/events/ Here are the ones I'm most interested in: 17th Sept 15:00 Foe to Friend: The British Army in Germany since[masked]th Sept 15:00 Drawing Horrible Histories with Martin Brown 22nd Sept 18:00 Warsaw 1920: Lenin's Failed Conquest of Europe 23rd Sept 16:30 Armenia and the Aftermath of the First World War 24th Sept 16:30 The Hitler Conspiracies: The Third Reich and the Paranoid Imagination 25th Sept 15:00 Prisoners of History: What Monuments to the Second World War Tell Us About Our History & Ourselves 25th Sept 19:30 Agent Sonya: Lover, Mother, Soldier, Spy 27th Sept 15:00 The Ratline: Love, Lies and Justice on the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive


Online event

The Surrey Industrial History Group Autumn series of talks at Guildford and Leatherhead has been cancelled. Instead we are holding a series of Zoom meeting, the first of which is on Thursday 1st October and is a talk on the Thames Barrier by Doug Irvine. More information and joining instruction for this and our other talks can be found at: http://www.sihg.org.uk/meetings.htm

Ariana Neumann - When Time Stopped(Guildford Book Festival)

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre

Subtitled " A MEMOIR OF MY FATHER'S WAR AND WHAT REMAINS". In partnership with Amnesty International Blurb: " As a child in Venezuela, Ariana's father .... appeared to be the epitome of success and strength, but woke at night screaming in a language she didn’t recognise. Only after his death did she uncover his true identity, and the story of his escape from Nazi-occupied Prague. Ariana’s detective work led her across Europe as she discovers how her father – who she didn’t even know was Jewish – had assumed a fake identity and lived out the war undercover, spying for the Allies in Berlin." https://www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk/whats-on/ariana-neumann-when-time-stopped Tickets £12.50

History of the Premier Cooler & Engineering Co, Shalford

Lockdown Lecture No. 18. The speaker, Nigel Bond, discovered the story of The Premier Cooler and Engineering Co., Ltd while researching his family's history - his grandfather was one of the founders. His research took to unexpected places including the Parliamentary Archives as well as more usual sources such as the National Archives and London Metropolitan Archives. He found the story of one of Premier Cooler's people in American newpaper articles from 1944. The greatest surprise was when he discovered that Premier Cooler had its origins in a German company, Balcke & Co., of Bochum. Balcke were the original developers of the technology for which Premier Cooler became well-known: building industrial cooling towers. They were operating in Britain from the late nineteenth century. The declaration of war in August 1914 had a dramatic impact on them as well as many other German-owned companies in Britain. Premier Cooler acquired Balcke's business and went on to become a successful company, supplying products world-wide from its factory at Station Works, Shalford, near Guildford, Surrey. Nigel will discuss the story of the company from its German origins through to its eventual sale in 1966. He will talk about some of the people involved, their products and the various changes the company went through including in the First World War. For those who want to find out more, Nigel has written a short booklet about the company which is published by the Surrey Industrial History Group. ================================================================== ****** Once you click "Attend Online" button, you will be able to see a Zoom registration link under the "Online event" text on the right hand side of the screen - please click this to register with Zoom. You will then receive an email giving you your link to join the talk. This link is unique to you - please don't forward it! ***** ================================================================== This is a free online talk, part of this Meetup's programme of Lockdown Lectures, but we would appreciate a donation via the Dorking Museum "Send a Donation" link at https://dorkingmuseum.org.uk Please enter the text "MEETUP" in "Add a Note" Technical Note ------------------------ If you haven't attended a Zoom meeting before, we recommend that you download it before the meeting from https://zoom.us/download.

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