Branch Meetings

The Society holds monthly meetings at our three branches, usually with a talk from a guest speaker. Members and visitors are very welcome at all venues.

Bromley Branch

Bromley Branch meetings are held on the third Saturday morning of the month, in the main hall, Bromley Methodist Church, College Road, Bromley BR1 3NS (on the corner of North St., small red block on map). There is free parking at the church, access is from College Rd. and from North St. The hall opens at 9.45am, the meeting proper starts at 10.30am, ending by 12.15pm.

The move to a Saturday morning has been well received with numbers increasing each month. If you have not yet found us, do come along and see for yourself. Guests are also very welcome.

Branch Chair & Meetings Organizer - (click to send an email).

You can view or download the branch newsletter edited by Clare Muscat from the Newsletters page. This is also available at branch meetings.

The Bromley programme for 2015-16 is as follows:


Bromley map
17 Jan
Kathy ChaterLondon Labyrinth (Resources)
21 FebPaul BlakeWorld War I Military Records
21 MarJef PageAnnie Besant and the Match Girls Strike *
& Branch Annual Meeting
18 AprIan PorterThe Real Downton Abbey: What Domestic Service in a Big House Was Really Like **
16 MayPhilip BarhamThe Kings Mercenary - the life & times of Marcus Hawkeslade during the English civil war 1642-1651
20 JunDelia TaylorVictorian London Street Life - Insight into how poor people of London lived and survived in the late Nineteenth century **
18 JulPeter BoydenResearching WW1 Soldiers
15 AugToni MountMrs Beeton's summer picnics
19 SepIan PorterThe Titanic - what happened after the ship sank
17 OctHelen AllinsonA Hundred Years of Toys & Play
21 NovChris JuppWW1 - Gallipoli
 DecNo meeting
16 Jan
David CufleySix Degrees of Separation
20 FebJean StirkAncestors in the Local Community
19 MarChris McCooeyPeople of Kent **
& Branch Annual Meeting

* Change of subject   ** Change of speaker & subject

Click here for meeting photos.

Dartford Branch

Meetings are held on the first Saturday of the month, at Dartford Technology College, Heath Lane, Dartford DA1 2LY. This is on the north side of Heath Lane, close to the small roundabout which intersects with Highfield Road. There is plenty of parking at the site. The meetings room is the New Auditorium. This should be open from 9.45am with the meeting proper starting at 10.30am, ending by 12.30pm.

Branch Chair - Janet Rose (Tel: 01322-384836), Meetings Organizer - Barbara Phillips.

You can view or download the branch newsletter edited by Hilary Waters from the Newsletters page. This is also available at branch meetings.

The Dartford programme for 2015-16 is as follows:


3 Jan
Terry SmithRNLI - History
7 FebIan BevanWhat the Victorians did for Us!
7 MarHelen AllinsonA Hundred Years of Toys and Play
11 Apr *Imogen CorriganThe roles and lives of regal and talented women.
& Branch Annual Meeting
2 MayScott BelcherThe Historic Dockyard, Chatham
6 JunPeter ChristianOn-line Sources for Property, Taxation & the Law
4 JulKen ChamberlainThe Golden Age of Coaching - The Story of Coach travel in the 18th/19th century
1 AugJohn NealThe ever changing story of the East End - Whitechapel: Religion, immigration, crime, street markets, wealth & poverty
5 SepGordon DenningtonBritain's air-raid warning system in WW2
3 OctPeter DanielA history of Crayford's famous textile printers, who were at the forefront of the Chartist campaign to win the vote for the working man
7 NovToni MountEdith Cavell (1865-1915)
5 DecImogen CorriganThe Politeness of Princes: The reality of medieval etiquette and table manners
2 Jan
Keith WhitmoreBygone Dartford: Posters and Adverts through the ages
6 FebRichard FilmerHops and Hop Picking
5 MarAlan PorterThe Suffragettes

* Second Saturday in April

Click here for photos of the Dartford branch venue.

Dartford map

Sevenoaks Branch

Meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month at the Sevenoaks Community Centre, Otford Road, Sevenoaks, TN14 5DN (at the junction with Crampton Road). Doors open at 7.15pm, meetings start 8.00pm, ending by 9.30pm. In addition to the talks, there is a bookstall, continuing projects and all the helpful advice that you might need. We welcome new members, so please come along.

Branch Chair - Barbara Attwaters, Meetings Organizer - Chris Barnett.

You can view or download the branch newsletter edited by Bernie Wilkins from the Newsletters page. This is also available at branch meetings.

The Sevenoaks programme for 2015-16 is as follows:


Sevenoaks map
No Meeting
12 FebPaul Evans (Head of Library & Archives)Royal Regiment of Artillery
12 Mar *David CufleyKevin Bacon Family History Laboratory - An interactive exploration of "Six degrees of separation"
& Branch Annual Meeting
9 AprGlen JonesKentish Valour
14 May *David WilliamsThe History of Oldbury Hill
11 JunEric ProbertElectoral Registers
9 JulBob OgleyKent in the 19th Century
AugNo Meeting
10 SepKathy ChaterCoroner's Inquests
8 OctCelia HeritageThe Parish Chest
12 Nov *Don Doncaster'The Unknown Warrior' (who is buried in Westminster Abbey as a memorial to the dead of WW1).
10 DecGeoff Doel & partnerOutsiders - Smugglers etc
No Meeting
11 Feb *Kyle GreenfieldPrivate Horace Brooks Of Halstead - a brave man and a Patriot during WW1
10 MarIan WalkerThe Great Houses of Sevenoaks
& Branch Annual Meeting

* Change of speaker & subject

Click here for a photo of the Sevenoaks branch venue.