Events for 2020

On this page we aim to publish regular information to help provide some entertainment during these times of isolation etc. If you would like to make comment then please address them to:  and someone on the committee will respond in due course.

Wednesday 23 September 2020 at 8.0pm

Objects of Empire – A talk by Amy Swainston of Elmbridge Museum (Via Zoom)

The British Empire presents a challenging, contentious history. Local history, especially, might seem worlds away from the colonial landscape, giving many museums no incentive to delve deeper into the topic and uncover now hidden stories. As part of their new online exhibition, Elmbridge Museum has taken 20 objects from its collection, using the research and commentary of expert historians to look at them from a new perspective – through the lens of the history of the British Empire. These objects will soon be going on display at Walton Library as part of a new temporary exhibition. In her talk to Molesey Local History Society, Elmbridge Museum’s Exhibitions and Interpretation Officer Amy Swainston will be revealing these objects, as well as ones which didn’t make it into the exhibition, in even greater detail, and uncovering some of the links to Empire in the borough’s landscape which are often hidden in plain sight.

This talk can now be heard again here –

Our third Virtual Tour – August 2020

An email was sent to members on 17th of this month with a link to a summer stroll which Tony Osborne created ten years ago round the East Molesey (Kent Town) Conservation Area.   The conservation area is shown edged in red on Tony’s map of the stroll and extends from Cigarette Island to Pemberton Road and from Molesey Lock almost to Walton Road.  
The walk starts and finishes at St Paul’s Church and covers most of the conservation area, apart from the riverside, the station and the shopping area of Bridge Road, all of which were included in Tony’s summer stroll of 2008, the map of which was forwarded to you on 14 April this year.  Since Tony prepared his Kent Town map, the conservation area has been slightly extended by the addition, in 2011, of 11 Vine Road, the house next to St Lawrence School, and by numbers 64 – 88 Bridge Road, on the south side of the road. Further information concerning the conservation area can be found on Elmbridge Borough Council’s website:

Details and photographs of many of the locations mentioned on Tony’s map can be found in ‘Molesey Then and Now’, in Rowland Baker’s ‘Book of Molesey’  or on the Molesey History website

 Please click here for the link to the map and Tony’s notes on the numbered sites on the map:

Tuesday, 11th August 2020 – Coffee Time Presentation

‘Molesey in 1841’ this is the subject of our second zoom presentation and all members are welcome to join us. Please contact us by email at the address given on our recent email or  

Tuesday, 7th July 2020 – Coffee Time Presentation

Our first ‘ZOOM’ coffee time presentation on ‘Postcards of Molesey’ was a success and enjoyed by all. This can now be viewed on YouTube via our Members Only section.

Our second Virtual Tour – May 2020

The following email has been sent to members today, Thursday 29th May.

We are glad that so many of you enjoyed receiving the link to the map created by the late Tony Osborne for our summer stroll along the Thames Riverside in 2008.  This month the link is to a map which Tony drew for the Society’s first summer stroll in 2007  round the East Molesey Old Village Conservation Area.  The road names on the map are as shown on the 1868 Ordnance Survey Map.

As restrictions on exercise have been eased, we hope that it may now be possible for more of you to do the actual walk.  However, if you are unable to go out, you will still be able to go on an imaginary walk.  There are details and photographs of many of the locations in Rowland Baker’s ‘Book of Molesey’ and in our own ‘Molesey Then and Now’ – also on the Molesey History website,

Please click here for the link to the map and Tony’s notes on the numbered sites on the map.

Virtual Tour email to members sent April 2020

A recent article in the New Scientist suggests that we can get the health benefits of nature, even though we may be isolated indoors: ‘you don’t actually have to go into nature to reap the benefits. Experiments have shown that photographs, videos and audio recordings –”surrogate nature” – have a similar though less powerful effect.’

Many of us are unable to go out and take long walks and we thought it might be possible to use our minds to take an imaginary walk through some of the historical locations in the Molesey area by revisiting some of our past Summer Strolls.

So, here is a link to a map created by the late Tony Osborne for our Summer Stroll in 2008 along the Thames riverside, together with information to help stimulate the imagination. You will find more details and photographs of many of the locations in Rowland Baker’s ‘Book of Molesey’, ‘Thameside’ and in our own ‘Molesey Then and Now’ – also on the Molesey History website,

We hope it will not be too long before we are able to go out and about and that we will all be able to meet up for our stroll in the summer.

Jenny Wood


Due to the Corona Virus our events are subject to change and we shall endeavour to keep our web site up to date with the latest information.

Thursday, 19th March – A talk by Keith Hathaway about:

The Kaleidoscopic Life of Horace Walpole – Creator of Strawberry Hill

EVENT POSTPONED – we hope to have a revised date in October

Tuesday, 19th May – A talk by Anita Anand about:

Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary

Our annual Clore Centre visit and a talk by Anita Anand on Princess Sophia Duleep Singh, Queen Victoria’s god-daughter, Hampton Court resident . Details will be announced nearer the time for this members only event.

EVENT POSTPONED hopefully a revised date next year can be arranged for this talk.

Molesey Carnival

We have been advised that this event will not be taking place this year.

Tuesday, 16th June – A talk by Michael Miller about :

The Golden Age of the Postcard.

8.00 pm St Lawrence School, Church Road, East Molesey KT8 9DR

EVENT POSTPONED we hope to have a revised date soon.

Thursday, July 16th Molesey River Walk – Details to follow

Wednesday, 23rd September – A talk by Linda Wilson about:

The Artefacts of St Paul’s Church

8.00 pm St Paul’s Church, Palace Road, East Molesey KT8 9DR

Friday, 13th November – Designing Post-War Britain. Renowned Molesey Architects

8.00 pm Imber Court, Ember Lane, KT8 0BT

Late November or early December Magical Molesey 2020

We hope to have one of our projects on display

Tuesday, 26th January 2021 – Our AGM followed by:

A talk by Norma Millard about Molesey War Memorials

Venue to be announced