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2 October 2018 The night the Zeppelins came. Croydon on the front line.

by Ian Castle

    Ian tells the story of when on13th October 1914 five Zeppelins set out from Nordholz on the NW coast of Germany near Bremerhaven, on what was by far the most ambitious raid to England. One of the Zeppelins L14 dropped bombs near Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge Camp, near Oxted and Croydon.

16 October    Maxwell Knight - MI5’s Greatest Spymaster

by Henry Hemming.

    Historian and journalist Henry is the author of a best-selling book about MI5’s top spymaster before and during the Second World War, which wads named as one of The times’ Books of the Year for 2017.

30 October.    Medieval Pilgrimages  by Catherine Ferguson.

    Dr Catherine Ferguson was formerly a lecturer at Surrey University specialising in medieval and early modern history and is currently an honorary research fellow at the University of Roehampton.  She will look at the English experience of pilgrimage in a European context and its legacy, which remains in our churches and cathedrals to this day.

13 November. The Life and Times of Kensington Palace by Nigel Arch.

    Nigel Arch LVO worked for 40 years in museums and historic houses and is a former Director of Kensington Palace.

27 November. 1918 Revisited: How the First World War Ended

by Prof David Stevenson.

    David Stevenson is Professor of International History at the London School of Economics and is the author of numerous books and articles on the First World War.

11 December. Christmas Party - tba

8 January 2019.   Julia Margaret Cameron - Victorian Photographer by Judy Hill.

    Dr Judy Hill returns to the Society to talk about one of the pioneering figures of photography in the nineteenth century, famous for her portraits of celebrities of the age.

22 January.   Jane Austen and Marriage: Fact and Fiction by Maureen Stiller.

    Maureen is the secretary of the Jane Austen Society and will talk about marriage in the society of the period, particularly as it affected women of Jane Austen’s class, contrasting the reality with how it is portrayed in her novels.

5 February.            The History of Transport 1770-1870 by Stuart Denison.

    A Society member, Stuart has spoken to us previously and in this talk will cover the growth of the mail coach and other horse drawn transport, road development, canals and railways, and their social and economic impact .

19 February.            The Great Fire of London by Alan Goldsmith.

    Alan is a member of the Society and a City of London guide, and in his presentation will take us on the virtual walking tour around the streets and locations affected by the great fire of 1666.

5 March.                 English Coins and Tokens: 1066 to 1971 by David Rudling

    Following his talk in 2017 on the history of ancient coinage, David Rudling of the Sussex School of Archaeology returns to present a history of English coins since the Norman conquest.

19 March. AGM - tba


ODHS: Programme for the 2018-2019 season