Branch Meetings

The Society holds monthly meetings at three branches, usually with a talk from a guest speaker. All meetings are open to 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

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 Clare Muscat from the Newsletters page. This is also available at branch meetings.

The Bromley programme for 2014-15 is as follows:


Bromley map
18 Jan
Timothy StopfordRoyal Navy, Royal Fleet Auxiliary and Fleet Air Arm crests - their origins & history
15 FebPeter ChristianMaps on-line for the Family Historian
15 MarLee AultThe undercover story - A look at the History of Underclothes
19 AprPaul CarterDisease and Public Health in Victorian Britain; the Evidence from Bromley
17 MayEric ProbertUsing Electoral Registers
21 JunIan PorterThe Suffragettes
19 JulHelen AllinsonThe Life of a Victorian Kentish lady: as seen through her journals
16 AugChris JuppThe start of World War I
20 SepRoger McKennaSurviving in Soho in the 1850s: a look at some of the Social History of the Soho area of London
18 OctDavid WrightBirth, Marriage and Death Certificates: what is true and what may be true on 'certified' copies
15 NovImogen CorriganThe Men behind the Pen: the Life of the Scribe in the Middle Ages
 DecNo meeting
17 Jan
Kathy ChaterLondon Labyrinth (Resources)
21 FebPaul BlakeWorld War I Military Records
21 MarJef PageA Sweet Tooth: Sweet Making in London's East End

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 Paul Wilkins from the Newsletters page. This is also available at branch meetings.

The Dartford programme for 2014-16 is as follows:


5 Apr
Dr Frank AndrewsThe Father of Nobody's Children - the life and work of Dr Barnardo.
& Branch Annual Meeting
3 MayKen ChamberlainHMS Worcester (The early days of the Merchant Navy Officers' Training ship)
7 JunJohn MillsThe History of Capital Punishment in Britain
5 JulKen McGoverinThe History of Northfleet Shipbuilding
2 AugGraham BandyYour Country Needs You! From Kitchener's volunteers to conscription in the Great War.
6 SepColin BrownOrdnance Survey Ancient and Modern: A History of the Ordnance Survey
4 OctMark BayleyNew methods for researching your family history brickwalls
1 NovGlen JonesMilitary Medals - Powerpoint presentation (Gallantry, Campaign, Long Service etc.)
6 DecDr Peter RossThe Curious History of Christmas Food (from Yorkshire Pies, Christmas Pottage to 12th Night Cake & Temperance Mince Pies)
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 DecImmogen 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 2014-15 is as follows:


Sevenoaks map
No Meeting
13 FebIan WalkerOld Sevenoaks - The Pavement Plaque People
13 MarDenise Baldwin & Kathy HardyThe Life of Douglas Macmillan
10 AprJohn OwenShepherd Neame Brewery
8 MayMari AldermanIllegitimacy
12 JunChris McCooeyDespatches From the Home Front
10 JulKathy ChaterTurning Your Tree into a Tale: Writing Up Your Family History
AugNo Meeting
11 SepKarina Jackson & Christina BarnettThe French Street Burial Ground - What we dug up!!
9 OctIan BevanInns of Court
13 NovMelanie Gibson-Barton"Walking in Flanders Fields"
11 DecMrs Toni MountA Medieval Christmas in Costume
No Meeting
12 FebPaul Evans (Head of Library & Archives)Royal Regiment of Artillery
12 MarDavid WilliamsThe History of Oldbury Hill through its Trackways

Click here for a photo of the Sevenoaks branch venue.