Beckenham & Bromley Branch Programme 2017-18

Branch Programme

Ann Wagstaff, last updated: 13th July 2017

Beckenham and Bromley Branch Programme 2017-2018

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

Associate membership of the branch is £14 per year.

For any further information please email

All meetings take place at 8 p.m. in Christ Church Hall, Fairfield Road, Beckenham,

BR3 3LE unless otherwise stated. There is a public car park nearby. For public transport routes and a local map, please see the branch website

Programme of events 2017-2018

Thursday 14 September                     

7.30 p.m.

Annual General Meeting

followed by                

8.00 p.m.

The Role of the Grandmother in Late Medieval Families                    

Dr. Jennifer Ward                        

Thursday 12 October  

Saladin, Richard the Lionheart and the Third Crusade           

Dr. Tom Asbridge

Friday 20 October                  

11.00 a.m.                  

Visit to Westminster School

Numbers Limited       

Pre-booking essential

Friday 20 October                  

2.00 p.m.                    

Visit to Westminster School

If numbers sufficient

Pre-booking essential

Thursday 16 November

How do you rebuild a divided country?

Reconstruction after the American Civil War, 1865-77

Professor Lawrence Goldman 

Saturday 18 November

At the Institute of Historical Research, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

2.00 p.m.                    

Dr. Katya Rogatchevskaia

Hope, Tragedy, Myths:

Putting together the British Library’s 2017 Russian Revolution Exhibition

Dr. Katya Rogatchevskaia

At the invitation of the Central London Branch

Friday 1 December                

11.00 a.m.                                          

Visit to the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom

Numbers Limited                   

Pre-booking essential               

Thursday 14 December

Victorian Visual Culture and the Politics of Empire                     

Dr. Alex Middleton

The evening will conclude with light Christmas refreshments


Thursday 11 January              

7.00 p.m.

Fish and Chip Supper                        

followed by

Mr. Christopher Bishop

The (Almost) Forgotten Battle:

Alfred’s Triumph at Edington

Pre-booking for supper essential

Thursday 8 February

Rethinking Robespierre and the French Revolutionary Terror

Professor Colin Jones

Monday 12 February

11.00 a.m.                  

Visit to the Watermen’s and Lightermen’s Hall

Pre-booking essential

Thursday 15 March                

The Nursing Memorial Appeal Audio-Visual Presentation

Time to Thank Them

(This meeting is part of British Science Week 2018)

 John and Eunice Drewry

Saturday 17 March

11.00 a.m.                  

Visit to Brompton Cemetery

Pre-booking essential 

Thursday 19 April                  

Professor Christopher Wrigley

Gladstone and the Working Class          

Thursday 26 April                  

7.00 for 7.30 p.m.      

Annual Dinner

at Zi Teresa Restaurant, Beckenham

Pre-booking essential

Saturday 12 May

8.15 a.m.                    

All Day Coach Outing to Arundel:

Guided town walk

Visits to Arundel Museum and Castle

Pre-booking essential

Thursday 24 May                   

The History of Late Imperial and Modern China

Professor Yangwen Zheng                                   

Saturday 23 June                                           

11.00 a.m.

Midsummer London Walk

The New River

Led by Kate Boyle

Meet at the Angel Wetherspoon Pub, Islington High Street

Thursday 21 June                   

Professor Stephen Church

King John