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 6th January 2018

A STOREY OF MUSIC HALL:The Business of Pleasure by Margaret Coombs

When we think of music hall it is invariably the comic singers, male and female, who evoke the first memories because they gave music hall its distinctive voice. The talk will look at some of these colourful characters and trace the history of the halls.

It was a building that sparked my interest in music hall; specifically Wilton’s Music Hall in London’s East End.   I first visited Wilton’s in the 1990s when it was dilapidated but it was such an atmospheric space with its original twisty, cast iron pillars and horseshoe-shaped balcony that a sense of past entertainment was palpable.  With support from the Heritage Lottery Fund Wilton’s today is once again a vibrant theatrical place.

Wilton’s may be almost a lone survivor as a music hall building but so much else lives on.  For most of us probably first memories are the comic singers, male and female who gave the business its distinctive voice.   The talk will look at some of these colourful characters as well as other aspects of the music hall business.  From the start it was commercially driven and music hall became big business, pre-figuring the mass entertainment industry of the twentieth-century.

Saturday 3rd February 2018

LOCAL ARCHAEOLOGY by John Phillips and Cheryl Bailey.

Very little was known about the old village of Sutton or the development of the High Street as it turned into a small town. Recent research by Cheryl Bailey and John Phillips is changing this. John will look at the pre-railway town including the village’s role as a coaching stop and quarrying centre. Cheryl will take a look at the rise in consumerism in the second half of the 19th century using the development of Sutton High Street as a focal point.

Saturday 3rd March 2018


The AGM will be followed by a selection of photos by members of our 2017 season, the May weekend visit to Cardiff and outings to Blenheim Palace, Chiddingstone Castle, Arundel Castle and Polsden Lacey

Saturday 7th April 2018

ARCHAEOLOGY OF KNOWLE: Six years of discoveries by Natalie Cohen of MOLA

Nathalie is MOLA’s (Museum of London Archaeology) Head of Community Archaeology and leads the award-winning Thames Discovery Programme.
Nathalie has over 20 years of experience in archaeology, working on projects including the Monuments at Risk Survey in the East Midlands, the Grimes London Archive Project and the Thames Archaeological Survey