TALK: Waterloo – the 200th Anniversary

Lion's Mound, Waterloo, seen from below [Photo: Isabelle Grosjean, Creative Commons 3.0]

Lion’s Mound, Waterloo, seen from below [Photo: Isabelle Grosjean, Creative Commons 3.0]

Unfortunately tonight’s talk had to be cancelled due to the indisposition of the speaker.

Monday 13th July – Chris Shaw Chris is chairman of the Shornecliffe Trust, and gives us a talk on the famous battle complete with mud from the Belgian battlefield.

More on the Heritage Festival

A little video to give you a fun flavour of CNHSS’s day on Saturday, with our stall in North End as part of the Croydon Heritage Festival kick-off – plus a reminder about our events coming up as part of the week.

To recap:

Tuesday, 23 June 2015: John Hickman and Carole Roberts reprise their popular talk on the John Gent Collection of historic postcards (7:30pm, Theatre Studio, Fairfield Halls);

Friday, 26 June 2015: Croydon During the 20th Century on Film – introduced by John HIckman with old silent movies and live piano accompaniment (7:30pm, Theatre Studio, Fairfield Halls);

Saturday, 27 June 2015: Remembering Croydon’s Past Theatres and Their Performers – Carole Roberts and Richard Norman (3:30pm, Maple Room, Fairfield Halls);

Sunday, 28 June 2015: CNHSS Museum Open Day – please call the Curator for more details, information on our programme (1:30pm-4:30pm, afternoon teas available)

WALK: ‘Barking: Medieval and Tudor’

Wall paintings in the Painted Chamber, Eastbury Manor House. Photo: Mark Tyson

Surviving wall paintings in the Painted Chamber, Eastbury Manor House. Photo: Mark Tyson

Sunday, 7 June 2015 – Mark Tyson (Twitter: @RestrictedView) A walk taking in the ruins of Barking Abbey, founded in 666AD by Erkenwald, first Abbot of Chertsey, for his sister St Ethelburga, with surviving curfew tower. Then one stop on the tube to Eastbury Manor House, a brick-built Tudor house of around 1573, with walled garden, wall paintings and original turret staircase. £4 admission to house, National Trust members free. Meet East Croydon station at 10:00, or 11:30 at Barking Station. All stations are in Travelcard zones 4-5.

Photographs from the visit are over CNHSS Facebook page – photos from Barking walk

The Heritage Festival approaches…

Croydon Heritage Festival logo, 20-28 June 2015

Croydon Heritage Festival: 20-28 June 2015

The Croydon Heritage Festival is once again upon us, promoted by the Whitgift Foundation, with a theme for this year of ‘Famous Croydon’. The programme is wider-ranging than that, however, with opportunities to visit important historic Croydon landmarks alongside some fascinating walks, talks and exhibitions.

Croydon Natural History & Scientific Society is well-represented in the programme, starting with a stall on North End for Croydon Heritage Day on 20 June 2015 – pop along to buy our publications, postcards and maps. We’ll be there alongside a diverse range of other Croydon organisations amidst a generally buzzy atmosphere in the town centre.

The main CNHSS events for the remainder of the week are:

Open Day at our Museum in Chipstead on 28 June 2015refer to our programme for details of how to get in touch with the Curator and let him know you’re coming;

A reprise of the popular talk on the John Gent Postcard Collection on 23 June 2015, by Society President, John Hickman, and Society Council Member, Carole Roberts;

On Saturday 27 June 2015, a talk on the town’s past theatres by Carole Roberts and Richard Norman.

There’s plenty more as well: browse the Croydon Heritage Festival website, or download the booklet – and check the website periodically as more events may get pop up. The Twitter hashtag is #famouscroydon.

TALK: The Making of Penge

Monday, 18 April – Martin Spence 

Penge Station, looking east. Wikimedia Commons/Sunil060902 Creative Commons licensed

Penge Station, looking east. Wikimedia Commons/Sunil060902 Creative Commons licensed

A talk based on the speaker’s book ‘The Making of a London Suburb’ about its transformation from rural solitude to railway suburb.

TALK: “Beneath the Strand and theatre-land”

Wednesday, 13 May – Lyn Blackmore, Senior Finds Specialist, Museum of London Archaeology

The Strand (Wikimedia, Creative Commons licensed, Chris Whippet)

The Strand (Wikimedia, Creative Commons licensed, Chris Whippet)

A talk outlining the development of Strand and the area around Theatreland from an archaeological perspective, providing insights into Anglo-Saxon London, AD400 to AD886 and showing how our understanding of the growth and decline of the trading settlement of Lundenwic has changed since the 1980s.

WALK: “Bank Holiday Bluebells”

Monday, 4 May – Led by Malcolm Jennings

Bluebell - Wikimedia Creative Commons licensed Jim Champion

Wikimedia Creative Commons licensed Jim Champion

A walk to see the bluebells at In Wood and other Spring flowers at Dollypers Hill Nature Reserve. Meet at the end of Canons Hill, Coulsdon, nearest the wood, at 14.00.