SPRING PROGRAMME, 2024
A Happy New Year to you all. Here, hopefully, for your edification and delight is notice of our SPRING PROGRAMME:
In a change to the planned GHS Pantomime (which has been postponed and will instead be performed in January), our forthcoming meeting on Wednesday 22 November is now to be
LEST WE FORGET… THE HISTORY OF THE GREENWICH BOROUGH ARCHIVES.
This will take place at The Trafalgar Tavern. Doors open 7pm, meeting commences 7.30.
This lantern lecture will tell the history of the Greenwich Archives from their inception, revealing the civic pride Greenwich Council once took in the Borough’s history, through to their sadly reduced circumstances of the present day.
THE TALK WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A GENERAL DISCUSSION, DURING WHICH CONTRIBUTIONS FROM THE FLOOR WILL BE WELCOMED.
PLEASE NOTE OUR NEW VENUE FOR THESE MEETINGS IS THE TRAFALGAR TAVERN, PARK ROW, GREENWICH, LONDON, SE10 9NW.
DOORS OPEN 7PM. MEETINGS COMMENCE 7.30.
ALL WELCOME! GHS Members Free. Visitors £3.
Wednesday 27 September
ANN BROADBENT, THE QUEEN OF CROOMS HILL
Olivia Horsfall Turner & Horatio Blood
The death of Ann Broadbent in February was a hugely significant moment in the history of our town, and her departure marks the end of an era: the passing of old Bohemian Greenwich. Ann arrived at 14 Crooms Hill in 1956. For the next seven decades her generosity and creativity were the vital spark in the cultural and social landscape of Greenwich. This celebration rejoices in the unique interiors which she fashioned and reflects upon her colourful vision and irreplaceable flair.
Wednesday 25 October
CHOCOLATE HOUSE GREENWICH
Helen White, Senior Interpretation Manager at the Old Royal Naval College, will talk about the forthcoming exhibition, Chocolate House Greenwich. The exhibition focuses on Greenwich in the early 1700s, when it was a hub of cultural and scientific activity with Sir Christopher Wren’s Royal Hospital for Seamen at its heart and a new meeting place for sophisticated society, the Chocolate House, just up the hill on the edge of Blackheath. Part of the Wren 300 programme marking the tercentenary of the death of Sir Christopher Wren.
Wednesday 22 November
GREENWICH PALACE OF VARIETIES
or, The British Stage in Miniature, presents
BATTLE ROYAL! THE GHS PANTOMIME
As Greenwich prepares to celebrate the Coronation, it encounters opposition from the dreary brigade intent on suppressing jollity at every turn. Nannie (the True Spirit of Greenwich) is determined to keep the flag flying for frivolity. Will she succeed in turning the tide to save the character of the town she loves? All will be revealed in the Seventh Fleeting Farrago of Fun and Frolic, dished up in doggerel verse by Young Blood, that sees the Grand Revival of the GHS Panto. Oh yes it does!
We hold a lecture programme of at least seven lectures a year (open to all) and meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of the following months: January, February, March, April, (occasionally in May), September, October and November.
Our meetings are held at The Trafalgar Tavern, Park Row, Greenwich, London SE10 9NW. Doors open at 7.00. Meetings commence at 7.30 and conclude at 9.00pm. We welcome non-members, from whom we invite a donation of £3 for each meeting.
Our new venue is well served by bus routes 129, 177, 188, 286, 386 running along Trafalgar Road.
There is FREE car parking after 6.30pm in the Park Row car park.
Membership of GHS is open to anyone with an interest in the history of Greenwich. Annual Subscription runs from 1 January to 31 December: Individual membership remains a very reasonable £15 per annum; or £18 for two persons at the same address.
If you require any further details, please contact Horatio Blood,
Hon. Secretary, GREENWICH HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
36, Greenwich Market, Greenwich, London SE10 9HZ
Email: email@example.com (stating GHS as the subject, please).