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Our 2019 programme of meetings


Wednesday February 20th, Harold Bailey, architect of the Church Hall, New Malden

The story of Harold Bailey and the Church Hall, New Malden. Harold Bailey was a notable architect in the 1910-1940’s era, & designed buildings all over the UK including quite a few all over New Malden. Our own Peter Karpinski will present this illustrated talk. Peter has undertaken an enormous amount of research into this Church hall which he has also put forward for Grade 2 Listing to Historic England. 

Wednesday March 20th, Kingston upon Thames in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

The Oxford DNB is the national record of men and women who have shaped British history and culture, worldwide, from the Romans to the 21st century. Its 60,000 lives include over 200 notable historic figures connected with Kingston upon Thames and its local area. Their life events in Kingston range widely. Some were born here and went away; others went to school or college here; some were drawn here as residents or by their employment; others were laid to rest here. A select few, of course, were crowned here.

This talk will focus on people in the Dictionary active in the period after 1800 who had Kingston connections, and will examine what perspectives their lives bring to the history of modern Kingston. Examples will also be drawn from Surbiton, New Malden, Tolworth, and the other neighbourhoods which constitute the royal borough.

The Oxford DNB ( is freely accessible to public library members, either in public libraries or by remote access.
Mark Curthoys is a research editor on the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Wednesday April 17th, Berrylands Nature Reserve

Elliot Newton will give us new and interesting insights into this precious green space within our borough.


Coming to our public meetings

Unless otherwise noted, all our meetings are held in the Judge Lecture Theatre, Tiffin School, Kingston upon Thames KT2 6RL. Click here to see a map of the area.

Access is from the London Road entrance where there is free parking available, subject to other events happening at the school. There are bus stops outside and opposite the school entrance, and the main bus and railway stations are within short walking distance. The Judge Lecture Theatre is accessed through the main doors next to the new circular school cafeteria. It is on the ground floor and we believe you will find it accessible.

Meetings begin promptly at 7:30pm. Doors are open at 7:00.

Free admission for members of the Society. Members of the public are very welcome to attend and are asked to pay £2 toward our costs, alternatively they can join the Society on the night for just £10.



The Society organises occasional visits to demonstrate the good and the bad of architecture and design.