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 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:
2015 17 Jan
London Labyrinth (Resources)
World War I Military Records
Annie Besant and the Match Girls Strike * & Branch Annual Meeting
The Real Downton Abbey: What Domestic Service in a Big House Was Really Like **
The Kings Mercenary - the life & times of Marcus Hawkeslade during the English civil war 1642-1651
Victorian London Street Life - Insight into how poor people of London lived and survived in the late Nineteenth century **
Researching WW1 Soldiers
Mrs Beeton's summer picnics
The Titanic - what happened after the ship sank
A Hundred Years of Toys & Play
WW1 - Gallipoli
2016 16 Jan
Six Degrees of Separation
Ancestors in the Local Community
Bethlem Hospital - Archives & Museum & Branch Annual Meeting
* Change of subject ** Change of speaker & subject
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:
2015 3 Jan
RNLI - History
What the Victorians did for Us!
A Hundred Years of Toys and Play
11 Apr *
The roles and lives of regal and talented women. & Branch Annual Meeting
The Historic Dockyard, Chatham
On-line Sources for Property, Taxation & the Law
The Golden Age of Coaching - The Story of Coach travel in the 18th/19th century
The ever changing story of the East End - Whitechapel: Religion, immigration, crime, street markets, wealth & poverty
Britain's air-raid warning system in WW2
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
Edith Cavell (1865-1915)
The Politeness of Princes: The reality of medieval etiquette and table manners
2016 2 Jan
Bygone Dartford: Posters and Adverts through the ages
Hops and Hop Picking
* Second Saturday in April
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 2015-16 is as follows:
Paul Evans (Head of Library & Archives)
Royal Regiment of Artillery
12 Mar *
Kevin Bacon Family History Laboratory - An interactive exploration of "Six degrees of separation" & Branch Annual Meeting
14 May *
The History of Oldbury Hill
Kent in the 19th Century
The Parish Chest
12 Nov *
'The Unknown Warrior' (who is buried in Westminster Abbey as a memorial to the dead of WW1).
Geoff Doel & partner
Outsiders - Smugglers etc
11 Feb *
Private Horace Brooks Of Halstead - a brave man and a Patriot during WW1
The Great Houses of Sevenoaks & Branch Annual Meeting
* Change of speaker & subject
Click here for a photo of the Sevenoaks branch venue.