ODHS PROGRAMME 2017-18
3 October Mike Page: A Tudor Gentleman of Surrey - Sir William More of Loseley
Mike is the County Archivist at Surrey History Centre and has previously lectured to the Society.
17 October Alan Moss: Historic Crime Cases from the files of Scotland Yard
Alan is former Chief Superintendent with the Metropolitan Police and the author of several books including Scotland Yard’s History of Crime in 100 Objects.
31 October Christopher Allen: A History of St Paul’s Cathedral
Christopher is an official guide at St Paul’s and presented an overview of the 1400 years since the first foundation dwelling, the evolution of Wren’s design and changes in the 20th century, in particular the bomb damage of the blitz.
14 November Archimandrite Alexis: Edward the Martyr - Anglo-Saxon King and Saint
Father Alexis of the St Edward Brotherhood, Brookwood, Woking, told us about this sometimes overlooked 10th century king and how his remains came to be in the care of an Orthodox community in Surrey.
28 November Carol Brown: Spies & Petticoats - women in the SOE in World War II
Carol is a historian and lecturer at Guildford Museum and spoke in particular about the women members of the Special Operations Executive who were based at Wanborough Manor near Guildford.
12 December Peter Jarvis: The History of Trinity House & the Christmas party
The Society's vice chairman, Peter outlined the history of a charity which works to safeguard shipping and sailors, supports seafarers and is a General Lighthouse Authority.
9 January Chris Bruce-Jones: Enterprising Friends - the extraordinary commercial successes of Victorian Quakers
A member of the Society, Chris continued his talks on the history of dissent and its wide-ranging contribution to British history.
23 January Paul Whittle: The Crimean War 1854-1856
A military historian and travel lecturer for over 10 years, Paul spent most of his career in human resources in a City bank and is a former reserve officer in the Royal Signals and his talk was illustrated by recently taken photos of the Crimea.
6 February Peter Shipley: The Keys to No 10: Making and Unmaking the Prime Minister 1832-1868
Peter looked at the decades across the mid-nineteenth century, known as the Age of Reform, when Britain had 15 governments under nine different Prime Ministers, highlighting the personal rivalries, political in-fighting and the role of the monarchy in sometimes frequent changes of government.
20 February Paul Hill: The Knights Templar at War 1120-1312
A return to the Society for author and lecturer Paul Hill, who spoke to us in 2016 about Norman military leaders.
6 March Janet Bateson: The Honourable East India Company - Foundation Stone of Empire
A local author and lecturer, Janet has spoken to the society on previous occasions.
20 March Annual General Meeting & Bob Evans: John Snow, 19th Century Medical Reformer
Bob, a Society members and former Chief Planning Officer at Tandridge District Council, gave a short illustrated talk on the life and work of John Snow, a Victorian medical reformer in London