oxted & district history society


Welcome to the Oxted & District History Society


The Oxted & District History Society (ODHS) was established on 24 November 1960 by a group of local residents, with Major R.H. Leveson-Gower of Titsey Place, Oxted (pictured above), as its first President.

The Society presents an annual programme of talks which take place fortnightly on Tuesdays at 8pm between October and March, at the United Reformed Church, Bluehouse Lane, Oxted, RH8 0AA. Each talk regularly attracts an audience of 75 or more people.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 19 November 2019 with a return visit to the Society by Imogen Corrigan, who will present a talk on 'The Powers behind the Thrones - Women of the First Millennium'.

Talks cover all areas and periods of history. Although the Society is not specifically concerned with local history, there are usually several talks a year on topics relating to Oxted or Surrey and its neighbouring counties and London. Recent speakers have included:

Nigel Arch LVO on Kensington Place

Prof. David Carpenter on Magna Carta

Henry Hemming on Maxwell Knight - MI5’s Greatest Spymaster

Dr. Judy Hill on the 19th century Dorking & Petworth Emigration Schemes

Nicola Moorby on Turner’s Thames

Prof. David Stevenson on 1918 - how the First World War ended

The annual membership fee is £20. Visitors are very welcome to attend for a fee of £4 per meeting. More information on membership and on our meetings can be found here, with details of the current programme up to March 2020 here.

Each year the Society organises a summer visit to a place of historic interest in the south east. Recent outings have included Brooklands Motor & Aviation Museum, Brighton Pavilion, Jane Austen’s House and Bletchley Park, the wartime Enigma intelligence centre. Further information about our outings is here.

The Society can be contacted by email at oxtedhistorysociety@gmail.com, or through a member of the committee.