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Talks Programme 2022-2023




All talks start at 7:45 pm (except April 2023)


Entry to the talks is free for members (a donation towards the costs would be appreciated).


Non members are most welcome to attend any talk, there is a charge of £3 for each visitor.






Date:              September 22nd 2022
The Legacy of a Remarkable Man

Presenter:    Dr. Peter Herring


Dr. Peter Herring, Head Gardener at Winkworth Arboretum, will open our season of lectures with a talk on Dr Wilfred Fox, a remarkable physician turned horticulturalist who bought Winkworth Farm and created his best known legacy, although his influence on Britain’s landscape is far wider through his involvement with the Roads Beautification Association and passionate advocacy for tree planting. Expect some beautiful photographs and details of how the National Trust is caring for the Aboretum.





Date:              October 6th 2022
Subject:        ‘Froyle… it was ever there’, Domesday Book

Presenter:    Chris Booth 


Chris Booth and his wife are the archivists for The Froyle Archive and his talk will trace the history of the village, where they have traces of habitation going back to the Iron Age. He may even explain why the place is known, by some who live there, as the ‘village of the saints






Date:              October 20th 2022

Subject:        Charles Raleigh Knight – A True Victorian

Presenter:    Trefor Hogg 


Charles Raleigh Knight is described by our speaker Trefor Hogg, County Councillor for Camberley East, as a Gentleman, Soldier, Artist, Hero, Prison Reformer, Investor and Property Developer and a Friend to the Working Man. Like the Victorian women we heard about last season Charles led a fascinating life .








Date:              November 3rd 2022

Subject:        Portable Antiquities Scheme

Presenter:    Dr Simon Maslin 


Dr Simon Maslin, who is the Finds Liaison Officer for Surrey and Eastern Hampshire will bring us up to date with recent finds. .







Date:              November 17th 2022
Subject:        Sidney Sime

Presenter:    Mary Broughton


The Sime Gallery in Worplesden, near Guildford, houses a major collection of the fascinating and highly characteristic work of Sidney Sime, the famous artist, illustrator and caricaturist. Mary Broughton is Chair of the Trustees and speak on his life and work.











Date:              December 1st 2022 
Subject:        Frost Fairs

Presenter:     Ian Currie


Ian Currie, weatherman, Editor of Weather Eye Magazine and Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society will talk on famous winters when rivers froze including the mighty Thames and the remarkable events that took place on ice.














Date:              January 12th 2023

Subject:         Palaeolithic Farnham

Presenter:     Martin Rose


During 2022, Pam, our Chair, along with a small group from the Surrey Archaeological Society spent time cataloguing the finds held at the Farnham Museum from the Palaeolithic Period.


Martin Rose will give a talk on what they have found and put the Farnham finds within the wider context of the UK.














Date:              January 26th 2023

Subject:        The Art of Variety

Presenter:     Brian O’Gorman

Brian O’Gorman is the Historian of Variety for the British Music Hall Society and is descended from a family of Music Hall and Variety Artists. He is a retired teacher and has written two books on the subject.












Date:              February 9th 2023

Subject:         Surrey’s Remarkable Trees

Presenter:     Liz Ramsay


Liz Ramsay is a member of the Surrey Tree Warden Network and will talk about some of the beautiful trees to be found in the County, the role of Tree Wardens and past landscapes and the role of trees in them.














Date:              February 23rd 2023

Subject:        WAAC’s in the lst World War

Presenter:     Bianca Taubert-Bailey


Women being recruited in London for the WAAC.


Bianca Taubert-Bailey, Curator of the AGC Museum in Winchester, will give a background to how and why the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps was created.








Date:              March 9th 2023

Subject:        Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Architecture and Conservation

Presenter:    Paul Iverson


From the Menin Gate Memorial in Belgium to India Gate in Delhi; from tiny cemeteries containing just a handful of graves to those with more than 11,000 burials, the Commission tends to some of the most iconic architectural structures in the world and ensures the memory of the men and women who died in the two world wars is preserved with utmost respect.


Paul Iverson, a volunteer speaker for CWGC, will talk about the architecture and the work of the Commission to conserve it.






Date:              March 23rd 2023

Subject:        LiDAR

Presenter:    Anne Sassin


Anne Sassin, who spoke last season on her dig in North Farnham returns to talk about LiDAR, how it is used in archaeology and historical landscape studies and how it can be applied to local sites, including new sites being revealed.

It is hoped that by the end of 2022 a project to cover Farnham and Waverley in general will have been completed and covered on the Surrey LiDAR Portal. Anne will explain how the portal works and how it can be accessed.





Date:              April 6th 2023

Subject:        Saxon Shore Forts

Presenter:    Geoff Cumbers


Following his talk to the Society on Hadrian’s Wall, Geoff Cumbers returns to speak about the military installations built along England’s South Eastern coast in the late 3rd Century adjacent to harbours or river estuaries like the one at Porchester illustrated here.


This meeting will start a little earlier at 7.30.


The talk will be followed by the AGM.

















































Rare Roman Coin found near Dorking