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CLAPHAM SOCIETY EVENTS 2019

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VENUE AND DAY FOR MEETINGS IN 2019.

Our meetings will recommence in January 2019 at Omnibus, 1 Clapham Common North Side, SW4 0QW. The bar will be open as in the past from 7 pm, our guest will speak at 8 pm for about 45 minutes, with around 15 minutes for questions and the bar will remain open until late. The full programme for the year is shown below. We hope you will put the dates in your diary to ensure that you do not miss the meetings.



Tomb of Robert Hudson Monday 21 January
Bob Flanagan, Chairman of the Friends of West Norwood Cemetery, will discuss the history of the cemetery and give details of some of the many remarkable Clapham residents who chose to be buried there. These include the clown Tom Barry, who sailed down the Thames in a tub pulled by geese in 1844, Thomas Cubitt, the developer of Clapham Park, the engineer Sir William Cubitt FRS, the potter John Doulton, the naturalist Robert Hudson FRS, and the Baptist preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

Photo: Tomb of Robert Hudson, FRS (1801-1883) Naturalist resident Clapham Common



John O'Farell book Monday 18 February
An evening with John O’Farrell. Local resident, Clapham Society member, renowned author and comedy scriptwriter. He will talk about his experiences as a writer from Spitting Image to Broadway musicals via numerous books including the recent Things Can Only Get Worse. In between, he found time to stand for Parliament against Theresa May and campaign for a new local school where he was Chair of Governors for eight years.



Brixton Library and Gardens Monday 18 March
Bill Linskey Chair of the Brixton Society will tell the story of the local sugar magnate and philanthropist, Henry Tate. Perhaps best known for his donation of paintings which formed the basis of the Gallery of British Art, later known as Tate Gallery and now Tate Britain, Henry Tate also donated three libraries in Lambeth including the striking Brixton Library in Windrush Square. Bill’s recent book about Henry Tate and the Brixton Library will be available at the meeting.

Picture: Brixton Library and Gardens



Battersea Arts Centre, Grand Hall Monday 15 April
Three years after it was destroyed by a devastating fire, Battersea Arts Centre's Grand Hall has reopened following a multi-million pound refurbishment and restoration by architects Haworth Tompkins. The first production was Missing the show that was running at the time of the fire. Maddie Wilson, formerly assistant to the Director of Battersea Arts Centre, now a producer and coordinator of their new co-working space, the Scratch Hub, will talk about the development of this atmospheric and iconic building.

Photo: Battersea Arts Centre, Grand Hall



Panorama of the Thames Monday 20 May
John Inglis and Jill Sanders will talk about the 'Panorama of the Thames Project'. It was during the course of filming the River Thames from Tower Bridge to Hampton, to produce the contemporary panoramic record of the river, that they uncovered a 60ft panorama from 1829, Richmond to Westminster. Both show continuous views of both banks of the river, now presented on a unique website, enabling comparisons across almost 200 years of social and architectural change.
This presentation is an introduction to a fascinating project, with additional short films illustrating special features.’
Their book A Riverside View of Georgian London (price 25) will be on sale after the presentation? For more details go to: panoramaofthethames.com.

The River Wandle Monday 17 June
Brewing along the Wandle Valley. Alison Cousins is a volunteer at the Wandle Industrial Museum based in Mitcham, Surrey. She has a keen interest in our local heritage and will talk about brewing along the Wandle Valley. While Young's is the best known name associated with brewing in south London, there were many other brewers along the Wandle and now there is a local revival taking place.

Illustration: The River Wandle




Monday 18 September
Growing Up in Wartime Battersea. What was it like to be a child in London during World War II? This talk, narrated by Carol Rahn, shares highlights of filmed interviews with men and women recounting their childhood experiences during the war. It is a fascinating story of the terror - and temptations - of bombing, disrupted schooling and youthful independence that would be unthinkable today. Even for those familiar with the history of the war years, these first-hand accounts are magnetic.

Photo: V2 Bomb in Usk Road, Battersea



Monday 14 October
Annual General Meeting. Guest Speaker to be advised



Clapham Common Station 1934 Monday 18 November
One of our most popular speakers in the past, Edmund Bird, returns to tell us about the architectural history of the London Underground. Edmund has been the Senior Heritage Advisor to Transport for London since 2006 working on projects to refurbish and adapt London Underground and Overground historic stations and Thames bridges together with highway schemes in conservation areas. Before that he was Head of Conservation & Urban Design at Lambeth and Camden boroughs. He has also written five books on the architectural history of Lambeth between 1837 and 2000, a subject he has given talks on to the Clapham Society in previous years.

Photo: Clapham Common Station in 1934.
Copyright TfL from the London Transport Museum collection



There is no meeting in December.

We hope that you will find this an interesting and varied programme with something to suit everyone.
If you have any suggestions for future meetings do please pass them on to the Events Organiser, Christine Armstrong, telephone 020 7720 7449 or christinearms52@hotmail.com.




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