Because of the current restrictions we are currently meeting monthly via Zoom Meetings.
PROGRAMME FOR AUTUMN 2021
Please Note that meetings may now be via Zoom or, if and when, held in the lounge of the Southdown Methodist Church as in the olden days. We shall notify members accordingly. All meetings are on Wednesdays and begin at 10.30 am.
|21 July||‘Dresden'||Roger Thompson|
|25 Aug||'Great Palpitations; Charles Dickens and Railway History'||Eric Midwinter|
|22 Sept||'Japan's War; WWII from the Japanese Viewpoint'||Roger Thompson|
|20 Oct||'The UK's Most Influential Civil Servant: Edwin Chadwick (Edwin Who?) '||Eric Midwinter|
|24 Nov||'The Boer War: the Full Story'||Roger Thompson|
|15 Dec||'It is 1896; We are the Government: the Question: Shall we repeal the 1865 Red Flag Road Act?' And...'Quiztory - a Merry Christmas quiz to boost the party spirit|
Before Covid-19, we used to gather at our Southdown Methodist Hall meeting venue. In the past, we have debated whether the USA was right to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We investigated the measures introduced by Gladstone’s first government (1868–74) and we looked at archaeological discoveries providing clues about who built the ancient Mexican city of Teotihuacan (and what led to its destruction). We have also studied: early railway developments in Britain and their effect on social reform; the Vietnam war; First World War poets; controversies surrounding women’s suffrage; and Karl Marx.
Some Topics in 2021:
CIVILISATION; HISTORY'S GREATEST MISTAKE?
1641; WAS THAT THE MOST IMPORTANT YEAR IN ENGLISH HISTORY?
'THE RETAILING REVOLUTION'; THE HISTORY OF SHOPPING FROM 1750 TO THE PRESENT DAY