Beckenham & Bromley Branch Programme

Beckenham & Bromley Branch Programme 2023-24


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

Associate membership of the branch is £14 for 2023/2024 or £21.50 with our monthly news bulletin, the Beckenham Historian.

All meetings take place at 7.45 p.m. in Christ Church, Church Hall, Fairfield Road, Beckenham, unless otherwise stated.

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



Thursday 7 September,7.30 p.m.

Annual General Meeting followed by                                         

7.45 p.m. Mr. Nick Oram

Spitfire Pilot Stories from the Second World War


Friday 8 September 11.00 a.m.

Visit to Cutlers’ Hall

Numbers Limited, some places may still be available


Thursday 5 October

Professor Lawrence Goldman



Thursday 16 November                         

Dr. Alison Kitson

History, climate change and the relationship between the past, present and future


Thursday 7 December              

Dr. Sally Dormer

The Christmas Story in Medieval Art

The evening will begin with light Christmas refreshments




Thursday 18 January, 7.00 p.m.

Fish and Chip Supper followed by

Mr. Hugh Alford

Our Moon – Magnificent Desolation

Pre-booking for supper essential


Friday 26 January, 1.00 p.m.

Visit to the British Vintage Wireless and Television Museum

Numbers limited, pre-booking essential


Thursday 8 February

Presidential Lecture

Professor Alexandra Walsham

Persecution and Toleration in Britain, 1400 - 1700


Wednesday 21 February 11.00 a.m.

Visit to Bletchley Park

Numbers Limited, pre-booking essential


Thursday 7 March

Professor David Stevenson

The Origins of the Cold War

This lecture will be in our Church accommodation but Professor Stevenson will lecture via Zoom

Pre-booking essential if watching remotely via Zoom


Thursday 11 April, 12 noon

Visit to Strawberry Hill House

Numbers limited, pre-booking essential


Thursday 18 April, 6.30 for 7.00 p.m.

Annual Dinner

at Lugana Restaurant, Beckenham, pre-booking essential


Thursday 25 April

Professor Jim Endersby

Darwin’s Troubled Legacy


Saturday 18 May, 10.50 a.m.

Spring London Walk led by Kate Boyle

A Guided Walk around Kings Cross


Thursday 23 May

Professor Michael Broers

Napoleon: The Famous Delinquent


Sunday 2 June, 8.45 a.m.

All-day coach outing to Layer Marney Tower and Colchester

Pre-booking essential


Thursday 27 June                      

Professor Matthew Seligmann

Rum, Sodomy, Prayers and the Lash: Reform in the Royal Navy, 1900-1915


Wednesday 17 July, 2.00 p.m.

Branch Anniversary Tea

At the Bromley Court Hotel

Pre-booking essential


We will also be arranging a twilight session for primary school teachers in 2024.

This will be held at St. David’s Prep, Beckenham Road, West Wickham BR4 0QS.

Details to follow.