TALK: Mrs Pankhurst’s Purple Feather

Mrs Pankhurst’s Purple Feather by Tessa Boase

Monday 29th April, 19:45 at the Small Hall, East Croydon United Reformed Church. This talk is by Tessa Boase, author of the book of the same name. Twelve years before the suffragette movement began dominating headlines a very different women’s campaign caught the public imagination: to save birds from the cruel fashion for feathered hats. Leading the fight was one remarkable Croydon woman: Eliza Phillips – elderly, widowed, articulate and indomitable. Tessa Boase tells the forgotten story of the early RSPB, and how a handful of brave women fought against the plumage trade.

VISIT: Keats House

Keats_House Wikimedia released into public domain by Cj1340

Keats House

Saturday, 20th April. Meet by the Oxfam bookshop opposite Hampstead Tube station (Northern Line) at 14:00. We expect to meet Rob Shakespeare, its Principal Curator, for the first time since he left the Museum of Croydon.



TALK: The Grand Theatre and its place in Croydon

Grand Theatre Croydon 1896-1959

Grand Theatre Croydon 1896-1959

This talk by Carole Roberts will look at the Grand Theatre sixty years after it closed: its performances and in the context of the other contemporary theatres of Croydon, two of which, the Davis and the Empire, also closed in the same year.

New programme details up on the website

Details of our talks, walks and other events are now published on the website.  In another busy few months, there are talks and walks spanning the breadth of the Society’s interests: geology, botany, astronomy, entomology, and of course history, both local to Croydon and further afield.  And again this year, the Society will be participating in the Croydon Heritage Festival.