Club activities:


Wed 15 January 8.00 pm

Lecture: Caroline Bateman, The Flowering Plants of Arable Fields

Caroline will talk about arable 'weeds' – the archaeophytes – one of our most threatened groups of plants. She will be looking into their origins; the reasons for their decline (their particular requirements, modern intensive farming practices); some of Surrey's rarities; the survivors (those that one still has a good chance of seeing on a field margin or footpath through arable land); measures to bring back rarities from the brink. Most of the photos will be from Surrey fields.

Wed 19 February 8.00 pm

Lecture: Martin Ellis, Clandon Park: the Fire and the Future

After the disastrous fire at Clandon Park House on 29 April 2015 there has been much work on the building to preserve as much as possible and plan for its partial restoration. Martin will tell us about these plans, their progress and future work.

Sat 29 February

Surrey Archaeological Society Research Symposium (non-HNHC event)

The annual symposium is at Ashtead with a range of topics including excavations of a prehistoric site at Nutfield and a new Norman castle at Alfold. Click here for full programme and booking

Wed 18 March 8.00 pm

LECTURE CANCELLED: Keith Betton, Return of the Peregrine

Members will remember the talk by Keith in February 2019 on the Red Kite. This time he will consider another survival story, the Peregrine Falcon. Once much threatened in the UK, with the banning of organochloride pesticides such as DDT and conservation efforts, it is now making a welcome return.

Sat 31 March

EVENT CANCELLED Surrey Local History Symposium (non-HNHC event)

The symposium is on the theme of Poverty in Surrey. This event is organised by the Surrey Local History Committee of the Surrey Archaeological Society.

Click here for more details and booking

Wed 15 April 8.00 pm

LECTURE CANCELLED: David Bellamy, An introduction to the history of Reigate Heath

Wed 20 May 8.00 pm

LECTURE CANCELLED: Caroline Withall, 'And since that time has never been heard of' The forgotten boys of the sea: Marine Society merchant sea apprentices, 1772-1873

Caroline has been researching the Marine Society at the National Maritime Museum. Nearly 4,000 poor boys from Surrey were recruited and extensive records survive of their backgrounds. The Marine Society also has extensive records of their subsequent activities.

Our programme of activities is currently suspended due to Covid-19

Lecture nights

On lecture nights members are welcome to display any exhibits or report any interesting observations before the lecture starts. This does not need to be related to the subject of the talk.

Members are also invited to stay for tea or coffee and biscuits after the lecture.

The library is also open for members to visit, consult reference works, and to borrow or return books from 7.00pm on lecture nights.

Other Club events

Sat 18 April 2.00 pm

CANCELLED Visit to Nower Wood

The Surrey Wildlife Trust reserve (Post Code KT22 8QA) is located by Mill Way (the road from Headley to Leatherhead) with parking on site. We will be shown round the new Education Centre and there will be an opportunity to do some pond dipping. (Contact 01293 821 073)

Sat 2 May 2.30 pm

Visit to Newdigate Brickworks Nature Reserve

Newdigate Brickworks Nature Reserve is located near Newdigate off Hogspudding Lane (old maps call it New Barn Lane). Parking is in the car park in Mulberry Place (on the recently built estate between Hogspudding Lane and the Nature Reserve). Keep turning left in Mulberry Place and the car park is at the end of the road. (TQ 203425) (Contact 01293 821 073)

More detailed information on the lectures and other Club activities is published in the HNHC Bulletin.