Beckenham & Bromley Branch Programme

Beckenham & Bromley Branch Programme 2024-25


Entry to meetings is free for HA members and £2 for visitors.

Associate membership of the branch is £12 for 2024/25 or £19.50 with our monthly news bulletin, the Beckenham Historian.

All meetings take place at 7.45 pm in Christ Church Hall, Fairfield Road, Beckenham, BR3 3LE unless otherwise stated. Tea and coffee is served from 7.30 p.m.

There is a public car park nearby. For public transport routes and a local map, please see the branch website



Programme of events 2024-2025


Wednesday 17 July 2024 at 2pm

Branch Anniversary Tea at the Bromley Court Hotel

Pre-booking essential


Thursday 19 September 2024 starting at 7.30pm

7.30pm Branch Annual General Meeting

followed by

7.45pm Talk

Professor Joanna Story

Manuscripts in the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom


Thursday 17 October 2024

Professor Anne Curry

Henry V


Tuesday 29 October 2024 at 1.45pm

Guided Tour of The Old Palace, Croydon

Pre-booking by 4 October essential


Thursday 7 November 2024

Dr. Katja Hoyer

Beyond the Wall: East Germany, 1949–1990


Tuesday 19 November 2024 at 11am

Guided Tour of St. Paul’s Cathedral, London

Pre-booking by 25 October essential


Thursday 5 December 2024

Professor Penelope Corfield

‘The Aristocracy of Talent’: The Coming of the Meritocratic Idea, 1750-1830

The evening will begin with light Christmas refreshments


Thursday 16 January 2025

Fish and Chip Supper

followed by

Jon Fox talks and sings about Gilbert & Sullivan

Pre-booking by 13th January for supper essential


Thursday 6 February 2025

Professor Heather Jones

The First World War in the Mediterranean


Thursday 13 February 2025 at 11.30am

Visit to The Salters’ Company, London

Pre-booking by 24 January essential


Saturday 22 March 2025 at 11.30am

Visit to the British Schools Museum, Hitchin

Pre-booking by 28 February essential


Thursday 27 March 2025

Dr. David Smith

James II and the Glorious Revolution


Thursday 10 April 2025

Dr. Vanessa Jenkins

The Grand Tour


Thursday 24 April 2025, 6.30 for 7pm

Annual Dinner at Lugana Restaurant, Beckenham

Pre-booking by 4 April essential


Thursday 15 May 2025

Professor Jonathan Harris

Byzantium, Russia and Ukraine in the Early Middle Ages


Saturday 17 May 2025 at 10.50am

London Spring Walk: Battersea Reinvented

Led by Kate Boyle,pre-booking essential


Saturday 14 June 2025 at 9am

All Day Coach Outing to Grantchester and the Fitzwilliam Museum with leisure time in Cambridge

Pre-booking essential


Thursday 26 June 2025

Chris Bishop

Did Alfred Really Burn the Cakes?


Wednesday 16 July 2025 at 2.30pm

Branch Anniversary Tea at the Bromley Court Hotel

Pre-booking by 2 July essential