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


Saturday 4th January 2020 – The Lavender Industries of Mitcham

Alison Cousins of the Wandle Industrial Museum
This is an illustrated talk looking at the lavender industry that was a massive part of Mitcham a hundred years ago. Lavender covered a large part of Mitcham extending into Carshalton.

Saturday 1st February 2020 – The Mughals and the Taj Mahal

By Margaret Coombes

There can be scarcely a holiday advertisement for India that does not present a beautiful photograph of the Taj Mahal. It has become an iconic symbol of India and is often described as a ‘symbol of love’. Well yes, but it is far more, because the building represents the zenith of Indo-Islamic architecture and is the most famous product of the Mughals. It is a tomb that enshrines the remains of the fifth emperor of the dynasty, Shah Jahan, and those of his second wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Mughal Empire flourished in India between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries. At its heart lay an effective partnership between The Muslim Mughals and the warrior nobles of India, most of whom were Hindu. The talk will look at the history of the first six emperors of the dynasty (1526-1707), known as The Great Mughals, and place the Taj Mahal into its architectural context.

Saturday 7th March 2019 – Starting at 2:45 p.m

The Annual General Meeting of the Society takes place on Saturday 7 March 2020, when the Officers are elected to the Executive Committee for the upcoming year. There are currently TWO vacancies for important roles: The Honorary Secretary is responsible for the minutiae of ensuring that the work of the ExCom is carried out in an orderly and successful manner – this is a vital role for the good operation on the Society, which requires someone with good administrative capabilities, particularly in ensuring the timely circulation of Agendas and Reports to ExCom members (the Minutes of Meetings are competently recorded and circulated by our Minutes Secretary – Joyce Brown).
The lack of someone filling the position of Hon. Secretary since the AGM in March this year has placed additional work on me as (outgoing) President and (continuing) Hon. Treasurer which situation cannot continue.
The other important vacancy is for a Programmes Secretary to co-ordinate the efforts of our very effective Programmes Team, who plan and arrange speakers for the Winter Lectures programme and also plan and run the Summer Outings programme. The vacancy in this role for the past two years has put additional strain on the Team and is a situation that needs to be resolved for the continued effective future of the Society.
Please contemplate if you – or indeed someone you know who would like to gain experience in an administrative role to improve their CV – would be prepared to consider either of these two vacancies.
Thank you.
Phil Groves: President & Hon. Treasurer CaDHAS


Saturday 4th April 2020 – The Restoration of Clandon Park

Tom Dommett will discuss Clandon Park House after the fire.

In April 2015 a fire broke out in the basement of Clandon Park House, a Palladian mansion attributed to the renowned architect Giacomo Leoni. The fire caused catastrophic damage to a large portion of the mansion. Over the past four years the National Trust has been working to preserve what survived of the house and its collection, to use this tragedy as an opportunity to discover more about the history of the site, and to develop plans for the restoration and re-making of this magnificent building. Tom Dommett, Regional Archaeologist for the National Trust, will discuss how archaeologists, curators and conservators responded to the unique circumstances in the aftermath of the fire, how our understanding of the building has changed as a result, and what the future of Clandon Park might look like.