Welcome to the 2017/18 season of lectures 

Arranged by Sheila Neil on behalf of the committee. 

 We hope you find them interesting and stimulating.

As a local History Society, we aim to offer more than just the lectures – although that is the main focus for us all, and enables us to meet together once a month. As in recent years, at the first meeting of the season the committee would like to take the opportunity of meeting and talking to members both old and new.

Our meetings are held in the Parish Hall, Station Road, Charing, Kent and start at 8pm.

Doors open at 7:30pm and Visitors are welcome at £3

Tea and Coffee served from 7:30pm followed by the talk at 8pm.

Membership (email for more details)
Adult £9 p.a.
Family membership: £16 p.a.
Full time students: free


Date Lecture
14 Sept
The Making of Spielberg's Film War Horse 
Andy was the Historical Consultant for the film and worked on every stage of production from the screenplay, by Richard Curtis, to the last day of filming. He also appears in the film as a British officer, German soldier and a body! His photographs are a unique record of a special film
Andy Robertshaw
12 Oct
Bad King John?
King John is familiar to everyone as the villain from the tales of Robin Hood – greedy, cowardly, despicable and cruel. But who was the man behind the legend? Was he truly a monster, or a capable ruler cursed by ill luck? In this talk historian Marc Morris will examine John’s career and character, and assesses the king’s actions against the standards of his own age. Drawing on contemporary chronicles and the king’s own letters, Marc aims to bring the real John vividly to life
Dr Marc Morris
9 Nov
Behind the Scene at Leeds Castle
A look at the original interior design and the recent refurbishment of Leeds Castle detailing the history of Lady Baillie's refurbishment of the castle with her two main designers
Annie Kemkaran-Smith
14 Dec
Christmas Social Evening  
11 Jan
A Schoolgirl's War
The talk tells the fascinating story of school life in Kent during World War 2 using an exquisite and unique set of paintings and drawings created by an art teacher as the war unfolded 
Mary Smith
8 Feb
Ragstone to Riches
The fascinating story of how Roman London was built from ragstone quarried in the upper Medway Valley
Simon Elliott
8 Mar
Godinton House and Gardens
A brief history and a behind the scenes look at Godinton House and gardens
Nick Sandford
12 Apr
Horatio Nelson and Emma Hamilton
The more human side of Admiral Lord Nelson - through his relationship with Lady Hamilton (postponed from 2017)
Sheila Boyd
17 May
19 May
Cadman Event (venue TBC) 

updated 15/3/2018