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Please note: All evenings are held at Time and Talents unless stated otherwise in the list below 

Jan 25, 2017


Conserving Cutty Sark: Her Past and Future

Louise Macfarlane, Curator of Cutty Sark and co-author of ‘Cutty Sark Pocket Manual’ due for publication in 2018.

Cutty Sark a British clipper ship. Built on the Clyde in 1869 for the Jock Willis Shipping Line, she was one of the last tea clippers to be built and one of the fastest, coming at the end of a long period of design development which halted as sailing ships gave way to steam.

Feb 22, 2017

Doors open 19:30

Life in the Marshalsea Debtors' Prison, 1700-1842

Professor in Modern London History at Birkbeck and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society of England, Jerry White has been researching and writing London history since the mid-1970s. Among his many published works is London in the Twentieth Century: A City and Its People, winner of the 2002 Wolfson History Prize, and most recently Zeppelin Nights, London in the First World War, which was Spear’s 2014 Social History of the Year. His most recent book, Mansions of Misery. A Biography of the Marshalsea Debtors’ Prison, was published in October 2016.

Mar 28, 2017


An introduction to the East India Company

Margaret Makepeace from the British Library will be talking to us regarding the East India Company 

Dr Margaret Makepeace is Lead Curator for the East India Company Records at the British Library.  She has worked with the collections in the India Office Records since 1979 and is a qualified archivist. Margaret has written about a variety of aspects of the history of the East India Company: trade on the Guinea Coast, dealings with Armenian merchants, and the Company's London business operations. She manages the British Library’s history blog ‘Untold Lives’ which draws out from the shadows little-known stories from the past

Apr 25, 2017


Medieval London Bridge & AGM

Lionel Wright has been a member of Rotherhithe & Bermondsey Local History Society since 2012. He is a City of London Guide, journalist and media worker.

He will be talking to us about medieval London Bridge.

May 30, 2017

19:15 Doors Open

A Tribute to Stephen Humphrey

Join us as we pay tribute to Stephen Humphrey, our former President, esteemed local historian and a true gentleman. Stephen passed away last November and we will be devoting our evening to his life and work, with guests including former colleagues Len Reilly and Steve Potter.

Jun 27, 2017


King Stairs Gardens Tour (Members Only)

The first of our summer walks away from the confines of the our usual setting, this time a guided tour of King Stairs Garden by Patrick Kingwell.

Pat Kingwell is an Executive Committee member of The Friends of Southwark Park and author of local histories, including Our Park (2012) and Once Upon A Street In Bermondsey (2016).  

MEETING PLACE: Entrance to King Stairs Gardens nearest the roundabout on Jamaica Road.

Jul 25, 2017


A Summer Stroll Through Wartime Southwark (Members Only)

Our second wander through streets rather then corridors, we will be taken on a guided walk through the streets of Southwark with Local Historian Neil Bright.

Neil Bright is a Blitz Author and Historian. Publications have included "A Wander Through Wartime London" and "Southwark in the Blitz." Currently working on two further titles. Has also written a number of articles for magazines.


Has led over 200 guided walks in the capital and has worked with a variety of media including the BBC, Channel 4, the Evening Standard and the local press.


MEETING PLACE: Southwark Cathedral.

Aug 29, 2017


Thank you for visiting our programmes page.  We are currently on our break but we look forward to seeing you next month.

Sep 26, 2017


St Peter & The Guardian Angels Church, Paradise St, 1903-2017

The society gives a warm welcome to Father Graham Preston from St Peters and the Guardian Angel Church in Paradise Street


A small but distinctive and diverse Catholic Church in the quaint village of Rotherhithe, on the edge of King's Stairs Gardens. The church has a history dating back to 1902, surviving the bombings of both First & Second World Wars. Today the church is a thriving community of 250-300 parishioners, led by Fr. Graham Preston

Oct 24, 2017


Bermondsey Beat

Something a little different, we give a warm welcome to Bermondsey Beat.  If you have been to an event in the area, chances are Bermondsey Beat were the ones who helped get the entertainment, through them the area has welcomed Chas & Dave, Rebecca Ferguson, Paul Young and many many more.

Nov 29, 2017


Ridgewell Airfield Memorial Museum

We welcome Paul Bingley, from Ridgewell Air Base in Essex 

Paul Bingley has worked in the aviation industry for 30 years. In addition to his role as an airline manager, he is also a freelance writer specialising in military and civil aviation. A regular contributor to FlyPast magazine, he has also written a number of historical articles for several local and national magazines. He has enjoyed considerable writing success with a range of national and international newspapers. he is a volunteer tour guide at Duxford’s Imperial War Museum since 2010, he is well-versed at public speaking. In 2016 he was elected as chairman of the Ridgewell Airfield Commemorative Association Museum, he now delivers talks on the subject of RAF Ridgewell.

Paul Bingley is perfectly placed to tell the fascinating story of this evocative place having lived on the edge of its former hardstand ‘number 11’ since 2012.

Dec 13, 2017


The History of Borough Market

We are delighted to welcome Julie Carver-Pierce, Office & Building Facilities Manager at Borough Market, who will talk about the history of Borough Market.       


As an introduction to the evening, Julie has kindly shared her personal story of the market with us:


I have been with the Market for 7 years now.  I had been a visitor to the Market on and off since the mid 90s and never imagined that this hidden gem deep within the arches of London Bridge was steeped in such history and dating back to possibly even Roman times.


My fascination with the history of the Market started back in 2010 when I came across a crumpled green paperback book that transpired to be the catalogue of all the artefacts we possess and their location; The London Metropolitan Archives.  This started me on a treasure hunt, spending many hours at the Archives going through just some of the historical documents that we possess.  The feeling of holding handwritten documents dating back to the 1700s was amazing.  Reading through past literature opened a window to life back then and my journey began into the Market’s and Southwark’s very eventful past.  I look forward to sharing some of my findings with you.

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