Indoor Meetings

Indoor Meetings are usually (but please refer to the programme below in case of changes) held on the first Saturday of every month from November to April at 3.00pm at Milton Hall (the Darby & Joan Club), Cooper Crescent, Carshalton, SM5 2LG. Cooper’s Crescent is off Nightingale Road and not far from Carshalton Station.

Lectures of local or general interest are given at all indoor meetings except the one in March – when the Annual General Meeting is held and slides are shown of pictures taken on visits during the preceding year. All meetings are followed by tea and cakes – which are provided free to members.

Previous recent lectures have been on Merton Priory (David Saxby), the Portable Antiquities Scheme (David Williams), Bhutan Land of the Thunder Dragon (Beryl Palmier), The Changing Face of London from the Air (Tom Samson) and British Heritage Railways (Paul Whittle). Roman Food (Joan Alcock), London’s Other City – Westminster (Pete Smith), Treasures of the Thames (Elliot Wragg), and Thames Road Bridges (Richard Fitch).

Non-members are welcome to attend any lecture on payment of £2.

Upcoming meetings

We have a full and varied programme planned for this winter. There will be talks on local excavations and other projects as well as one on Roman Lamps.

Saturday 1st December 2018

At Milton Hall, Cooper Crescent, Carshalton

Michael Marshall of Museum of London Archaeology will talk on ‘Relighting Londinium – new
work on Roman ceramic lamps’.

Saturday 5th January 2019 – Wandle Valley Regional Park

Sue Morgan of the Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust will speak on ‘Bringing the Wandle Valley Regional Park to life!’ and our Field Officer John Phillips will speak on recent work in Beddington Park, funded by
the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The Wandle Valley is a vibrant and beautiful area, comprising over 40 green spaces and 12 nature reserves that cover 900 hectares of land, linked by the riverside Wandle Trail. This is an exciting time for
the Trust and its Wandle Valley partners, having worked hard to secure £166k funding. This will provide the opportunity to explore innovative ideas and new models of partnership and realise the vision to deliver a really significant piece of green infrastructure in south London.

Saturday 2nd February – Church Meadow, Ewell

Nikki Cowlard of the Epsom and Ewell History and Archaeology Society will speak on ‘Church Meadow
– an insight into the everyday and ritual in Roman Ewell’.
Three seasons of community excavations in Church Meadow, Ewell 2012-2014 revealed tantalising glimpses of life on the edge of the known Roman roadside settlement. Nikki, the site director, will describe how the project came about, what was found and how it relates to what has been found previously, and since, in Ewell.

Saturday 2nd March at 2:45 p.m

Our AGM, which will starts a little earlier than usual will be followed by slides of the May
Weekend and Summer Outings 2018.

Saturday 6th April at 3:00 p.m

Alexis Haslam of the Fulham Palace Trust will speak about recent and current work at this important
site, the former residence of the Bishop of London. We hope to be able to visit the
Palace in our Summer programme of 2019.