2013 Programme

Tue 4 June 8.00 pm - First Tuesday (Informal members evening)

Sat 8 June , Museum Open Day, 2.00 pm to 4.30 pm

Sat 15 June 2.00 pm - Founders day: Guided walk around Reigate with Barrie Clark and Sean Hawkins. Meet at the Museum at 2.00 pm

Wed 19 June 8.00 pm Lecture - Jenny Clark, Sussex Bat Hospital

Jenny provides an update on the hospital she runs to care for sick and injured bats. It forms part of the work of the Sussex Bat Group to help conserve bats and their habitat and to record and monitor the Sussex bat populations.

Tue 2 July 8.00 pm - First Tuesday (Informal members evening)

Wed 10 July 9.20 pm - Glow-worm walk: Meet at the top end of Pilgrims Way, Reigate. Weather permitting we will try and find glow-worms in the field under Colley Hill.

Sat 13 July, Museum Open Day, 2.00 pm to 4.30 pm

Wed 17 July 8.00 pm Lecture - Alexander Bagnall, Thomas Hope and the Deepdene - a lost landscape

Thomas Hope lived at Deepdene, a Palladian house, from 1807. His mausoleum survives in the grounds, although the house was demolished in 1969. Mr Bagnall talks about a project to rediscover Deepdene's lost landscape.

Tue 6 August 8.00 pm - First Tuesday (Informal members evening)

Sat 10 August, Museum Open Day, 2.00 pm to 4.30 pm

Tue 3 September 8.00 pm - First Tuesday (Informal members evening)

Sat 14 & Sun 15 September 10.00 am to 4.00pm - Heritage Open Days at the Museum

Wed 18 September 8.00 pm Lecture - Dr Daniel Allen, Otters of the World

Dr Allen, the author of Otter, is publishing The Nature Magpie, a collection of anecdotes, facts, figures, folklore and literature.

Tue 1 October 8.00 pm - First Tuesday (Informal members evening)

Sat 12 October, The Great Doodle - part of the 'Big Draw' campaign for drawing - to be held at the Museum

Wed 16 October 8.00pm AGM followed by President's Lecture

Sat 26 October 2.00 pm - Leatherhead visit

Sat 26 October - Surrey Local History Committee, Chertsey Hall, Chertsey

Tue 5 November 8.00 pm - First Tuesday (Informal members evening)

Wed 20 November 8.00 pm Lecture - Simon Elson, Thinking big for wildlife

Tue 3 December 8.00 pm - First Tuesday (Informal members evening)

2014 Programme

Wed 15 January 8.00 pm Lecture - David Williams, Some recent archaeological finds

Holmesdale Natural History Club, Founded 1857

President: Dr Gerry Moss

The Holmesdale Natural History Club is a charity (Registered No. 273602), which exists to promote the study of natural history, local history, archaeology and geology in the vicinity of Reigate. It has extensive museum collections (with some specimens collected in the eighteenth century) which include a large collection of stuffed birds, herbarium specimens (including material collected by James Brewer for the first Flora of Surrey which was published by the Club in 1863), local history and archaeological collections.

Lectures given by visiting speakers or Club members are arranged on the third Wednesday of the month (except December and August) in the museum lecture room. Later in the month there is usually some other activity such as a walk, excursion or social event. The museum and its library is open to members on the first Tuesday evening of each month for private study and for the sharing of interests. Members receive a Bulletin three times a year with details of the programme, news, and notes on items of interest to the Club.

The Museum Club for 7-15 year olds usually meets on the first Saturday of the month (excluding July and August). The activities range from exploring the countryside with visiting experts in wildlife, archaeology or local history to visiting museums and other places of interest.

Annual membership fees (from January to December) are £12 per person; £18 for two people living at the same address. Fee for life membership for those over 21 is at the rate of ten years of the appropriate subscription. A bankers order form will be sent on request. Please apply to the Membership Secretary, The Museum 14 Croydon Road, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 0PG. Click here for a membership form.