About the Society: Society meetings

Our meetings and how to get there

Our public meetings are held on the second Wednesday of most months at Herne Hill United Church Hall, Herne Hill (junction with Red Post Hill), London SE24 9PW.

For venue (unless otherwise stated), see the map at the bottom of this page. Our guest will normally speak for 45-60 minutes, followed by around 15 minutes for questions and discussion. Then we take a refreshment break, a raffle and announcements.

Meetings are free and open to non-members, so bring your friends along. But as no tickets are issued, we cannot guarantee a seat.

We start promptly at 7:45pm (doors open at 7:30pm). Please arrive before the speaker is introduced to avoid disturbing others.


No talks in July or August

Wed 12 September, 7:45pm
“Respectable Tenants Wanted: Early Days of Rosendale Road Estate”
by Bob Reeves

In 1902 the Peabody Estate in Rosendale Road opened to its first tenants. Built away from smoky central London, near Brockwell Park, it was a pioneering venture, in social housing. But who got to be a tenant? More importantly, who got to keep their tenancy? Bob Reeves explores the view that the project was primarily for “respectable” working-class tenants.

Wed 10 October, 7:45pm
“The Architecture of the London Underground Since 1850”
by Edmund Bird

Transport for London’s Heritage Advisor gives an illustrated talk on the architectural history of the tube network appraising the diversity of Victorian, Edwardian and 20th-century station styles employed by architects and engineers - from the steam age through to the classic ox-blood designs of the 1900s and the monumental inter-war stations by Charles Holden, right up to the futuristic interchanges of the Jubilee Line extension.

Wed 14 November, 7:45pm
“William and Margaret Huggins, Astronomers”
by Louise Devoy

William and Margaret Huggins had their own observatory in Tulse Hill during the 1860s. Louise Devoy is the Curator of The Royal Observatory, Greenwich.

Wed 12 December, 7:45pm
“Remembering Herne Hill 1914-18”
Speakers TBA

A celebration of our Lottery-Funded World War I project. We plan to launch our new book, Grace’s Story, the memoir of a young girl growing up in Kemerton Road during and after the war.


Sun 2 September, 2:30pm
Herne Hill Heritage Trail / South
All Saints’ Church, Lovelace Road entrance
Led by Robert Holden

Sun 9 September, 2:30pm
Herne Hill Heritage Trail / North
Herne Hill Velodrome, Burbage Road entrance
Led by Robert Holden

Sat 15 September, 2:30pm
Herne Hill Heritage Trail / Central
Herne Hill Station
Led by Robert Holden

The venue, and how to get there

Herne Hill United Church Hall is the smaller building next to the Church. It is on the 68/468 and P4 bus routes, and a 15-min walk from the following stations: Herne Hill, Denmark Hill, Loughborough Junction and North Dulwich.

The hall is accessible to wheelchair users.

Meetings you may have missed

To get an idea of the sort of events we put on, go to our Facebook page. Talks are reviewed in our quarterly Herne Hill magazine.