The Society holds monthly meetings at three branches, usually with a talk from a guest speaker. All meetings are open to all members, details are given below. If you miss a meeting you may like to hire a tape of the talk from our Tape Library.
Bromley Branch meetings are now 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 - Clare Muscat, Meetings Organizer -
(click to send an email).
You can view or download the branch newsletter edited by Isabel Leslie from the Newsletters page. This is also available at branch meetings.
The Bromley programme for 2013-14 is as follows:
2013 19 Jan
The history of RAF Biggin Hill
Pilgrimage & Travel in the Middle Ages
Adoption & fostering - 1850 to 1930
The National Archives - further resources identified
Dr Ann Kneif
The history of the Kentish seaside resorts until the First World War
A history of smuggling in Kent & Sussex
Watermen & Lightermen
Overview of Kent Archives
Women’s employment options in Victorian & Edwardian London
A look at crime in Victorian Kent
2014 18 Jan
Royal Navy, Royal Fleet Auxiliary and Fleet Air Arm crests - their origins & history
Maps on-line for the family historian
The undercover story - A look at the history of underclothes
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 Paul Wilkins from the Newsletters page. This is also available at branch meetings.
The Dartford programme for 2013-15 is as follows:
2013 6 Apr
Dr Ann Kneif
Women Wartime Workers in the Munitions Industry & Branch Annual Meeting
Using the National Archives (website) for family history research
Royal Regiment of Artillery
Royal Hospital Chelsea
The burial grounds of Southwark
7 Sep **
St Pancras & Kings
Cross - A history of the stations and the surrounding area
The 25th Anniversary meeting of Dartford Branch Includes an auction of family and local history lots, click here to view the catalogue.
Kevin Bacon Family History Laboratory - an interactive experiment to make family history links between members and to verify if the 'six degrees of separation' has any relationship to Family History
Research. An interactive experiment to explore links between members - Serendipity & Kismet!
The lives of Medieval Children
The History of the Christmas Card
2014 4 Jan
Lady Mary Teviot
1 Feb **
Kent Fire Brigade
The Historic Dockyard, Chatham
Dr Frank Andrews
The Father of Nobody's Children - the life and work of Dr Barnardo. & Branch Annual Meeting
HMS Worcester (The early days of the Merchant Navy Officers' Training ship)
The History of Capital Punishment in Britain
The History of Northfleet Shipbuilding
Your Country Needs You! From Kitchener's volunteers to conscription in the Great War.
A history of Crayford's famous textile printers, who were at the forefront of the Chartist campaign to win the vote for the working man.
New methods for researching your family history brickwalls
Military Medals - Powerpoint presentation (Gallantry, Campaign, Long Service etc.)
Dr Peter Ross
The Curious History of Christmas Food (from Yorkshire Pies, Christmas Pottage to 12th Night Cake & Temperance Mince Pies)
2015 3 Jan
RNLI - History
What the Victorians did for Us!
A Hundred Years of Toys and Play.
** Change of speaker & topic
Click here for photos of the Dartford branch venue.
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 2013-14 is as follows:
Jane Austen - Her connections with Kent
Brick Walls & Lost Ancestors
What's on the Cards - the History of Playing Cards & Annual Meeting
Digital Access to Newspapers
A Place in the Sun - Sun Fire Insurance records
Intrigue, Ambition & Respectability - The Owners of Ightham Mote
The Foundling Museum
"Do These Stairs Go Up?"
Old Sevenoaks - The Pavement Plaque People
Denise Baldwin & Kathy Hardy
The Life of Douglas Macmillan
Shepherd Neame Brewery
Despatches From the Home Front
Turning Your Tree into a Tale: Writing Up Your Family History
Karina Jackson & Christina Barnett
The French Street Burial Ground - What we dug up!!
Inns of Court
"Walking in Flanders Fields"
Mrs Toni Mount
A Medieval Christmas in Costume
Paul Evans (Head of Library & Archives)
Royal Regiment of Artillery
The History of Oldbury Hill through its Trackways
Click here for a photo of the Sevenoaks branch venue.
The Society held Computer Branch meetings at Orpington from 2000 to 2006, but at the Society AGM in April 2006 it was announced that these would be discontinued owing to difficulties in recruiting members to the Branch committee. Since then, members of the old Computer Branch have spoken at other meetings of the Society.