oxted & district history society


THE 2020-21 PROGRAMME: Update on 2 September 2020

Our new season begins at 8.00 pm on Tuesday 6 October with a talk by Dr. Judy Hill on the workhouse in the early nineteenth century. Details of the full programme of talks for 2020-21 can be found here.

Until further notice all meetings will take place using Zoom. Information will be sent to members explaining how to join these on-line meetings and when circumstances permit they will be notified of any changes to this arrangement.

At the AGM held on 11 August, Trevor Burrage was elected as the Society's President, in succession to Patrick Alderton, who retired last year.

Welcome to the Oxted & District History Society


This autumn the Oxted & District History Society (ODHS) celebrates its 60th anniversary. It was formally established on 24 November 1960 with Major R.H. Leveson-Gower of Titsey Place, Oxted (pictured above), as its first President and Mr W. J. C. Gill BA AKC as its chairman.

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.

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 Palace

Prof. David Carpenter on Magna Carta

Imogen Corrigan on Women of the First Millennium

Henry Hemming on Maxwell Knight - MI5’s Greatest Spymaster

Nicola Moorby on Turner’s Thames

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

Maj. Gen. Julian Thompson on the Falklands War

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.

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. The visit planned for May 2020 was cancelled. Further information about our outings can be found here.

If you are seeking information or are carrying out research into the history of Oxted and the neighbouring area, or the county of Surrey, many of the web sites listed on our links page may be of interest. Please note that the Society does not hold any archives of its own.

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