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 Programme of Events 2018

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There is a charge of £1 for members to attend our meetings. Guests are welcome and there is a charge of £3. There will be advance booking for the event at the Clore Centre on Wednesday 23 May and the visits to Imber Court Museum, which will initially be open to members only. Details will be announced.

Events for 2018

Wednesday 7 February 2018, 8 pm
AGM followed by
‘Molesey Then and Now – A Journey of Discovery’ - a talk by Jenny Wood
St Lawrence School, Church Road, KT8 9DR

We will keep the business of the AGM as brief as possible and it will be followed by a talk by our chair, Jenny Wood about the Society’s first publication, ‘Molesey Then and Now’. Jenny will tell the story of the book from conception to publication. It was a collaborative project, involving much hard work by many members of the Society and Jenny’s illustrated talk will describe some of the unexpected pitfalls that were encountered along the way.

Thomas Sopworth, 1910Thursday 15 March 2018, 8 pm
Sopwith Aviation and the Great War - a talk by David Hassard
Hurst Park School, Hurst Road, KT8 1QS

David Hassard is the Joint Project Leader for Kingston Aviation Centenary Project. 2012 marked the centenary of Kingston upon Thames’ first aircraft factory founded by aviation pioneer Tommy Sopwith. Many of Britain’s most famous fighter aircraft started life on drawing boards and in factories at Kingston upon Thames, but the fact that no other town in the country has contributed so much to the UK’s air forces has largely been overlooked. A group of former employees and aviation enthusiasts have been putting these achievements on the map, thanks to a £49,500 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

David’s talk covers the story of Kingston’s Sopwith Aviation Company and the other aircraft manufacturers in Surrey who together built nearly 9,000 aircraft for the First World War.


Wednesday 23 May 2018, 8 pm
Tudor Fashion - a talk by Eleri Lynn, Curator, Hampton Court Palace Clore Centre, Hampton Court Palace, KT8 9AU

Booking details to be announced

Wednesday 25 July 2018, 10.30 am
Wednesday 29 August 2018, 10.30 am
Visit to Imber Court Museum
Ember Lane, KT8 0BT

Booking details to be announced

Tuesday 18 September 2018, 8 pm
Archaeological Treasures of the Thames – a talk by Malcolm Head, Dredger Master
St Lawrence School, Church Road, KT8 9DR

Thursday, 18th October 2018
The Weybridge Diggers – a talk by David Taylor
Hurst Park School, Hurst Road, KT8 1QS

David has written several books on the history of Cobham, Surrey as well as contributing to a variety of other publications such as the Surrey Archaeological Society Collections and Country Life magazine. It was David’s early passion for local history that led him to research the history of the now internationally famous eighteenth century landscape garden at Painshill. (See Talk by Cherrill Sands - Wednesday 26 April 2017, 8 pm).
A particular interest in the 17th century has led David to make a study of the life and times of Gerrard Winstanley and the Diggers, a nationally important revolutionary group which sprang up in the local area at the time of the English Revolution. It is this subject that will be the theme of his talk, so put the date in your diaries now.

Friday 23 November 2018, 8 pm
‘1968 and All That’ - A History of Flooding in Molesey
Imber Court, Ember Lane, KT8 0BT