Evening Talks – listed below and Scroll Down further for Coffee Time Presentations

Zoom presentations are recorded and available for a limited time. Access to these can be found in the ‘Members Only‘ section.

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Wednesday, 27 January 2021 at 8.00pm
Victorian Life: Upstairs and Downstairs (A Zoom Presentation)

A talk by Judy Hill –

In 1851 there were over a million servants in Britain. This illustrated lecture draws on letters, diaries and autobiographies and provides a vivid insight into the day-to-day lives of country and town house servants. The presentation will also explain how the Victorian household operated with a large army of servants.
Judy is a freelance lecturer and researcher based in Surrey and previously taught history at the University of Surrey.

Tuesday, 16th March 2021 at 8.00pm
Down the Drain (A Zoom Presentation)

A talk by Ray Elmitt.

One of the most down-to-earth problems facing local communities in the second half of the 19th century was how to deal with the human waste generated by their ever-growing population. It was a topic that occupied huge numbers of column inches in newspapers and fuelled lively and sometimes bitter debate. How did such an unprepossessing issue come to force itself centre-stage in the attention of so many worthy and capable local politicians? This talk will reveal how Molesey found itself the centre of attention for the whole Lower Thames Valley area, how it escaped unscathed and how it eventually solved its own local problem – with a solution which is still operating to this day. Ray is a local historian who has written several books on the history of Hampton Wick.

Thursday, 22nd April 2021 at 8.00pm

In the Footsteps of the Impressionist (A Zoom Presentation)

A talk by Michael Robinson.

This talk concentrates on Alfred Sisley, perhaps the least known of the Impressionists and yet the only one who stayed loyal to the aesthetic qualities of Impressionism for his whole career. In the summer of 1874 Sisley came to stay in East Molesey. Here he captured the essence of leisurely life on the upper reaches of the River Thames. 

Michael is an art historian and London Blue Badge Tourist Guide.

Coffee Time presentations planned and being scheduled for 2021

Due to the success of the ‘coffee morning’ presentations during 2020, we are looking to continue with this activity. These will normally be during the month where a full presentation is NOT taking place. We shall also try and do them on different days of the week to allow as many to attend as possible, as we are aware people are doing various things during this lock down period to keep themselves occupied!

Zoom coffee morning’s will be recorded and access will be available in the ‘Members Only‘ section.

Wednesday, 10th February 2021 at 10.30AM (A Zoom Presentation)
The History of Boat Building on Platt’s Eyot

Roger Haile and Roger Day will talk about Platt’s Eyot. The presentation Lasted about 25 minutes and, was followed by a time for questions and comments. A recording of this talk, and the subsequent discussion, can be found in the Members Only section.

Located opposite Hurst Park, Platt’s Eyot is just one of the islands on the Molesey reach and has a rich and interesting history, some of which will be covered in the presentation.  The island was originally a typical eyot used for growing osiers but, in the 1860s, boat building began on the island, when Tom Tagg built a boatyard, which was later taken over by Moritz Immisch and then Thorneycrofts