About the Society: Society meetings

Our meetings and how to get there

Talks and guided walks

Our public meetings are held on the second Wednesday of most months (10 a year), either at Herne Hill United Church Hall, Red Post Hill, London SE24 9PW or Herne Hill Baptist Church, Half Moon Lane, London SE24 9HU. Both buildings are accessible to wheelchair users.

Our guest will normally speak for 45-60 minutes, followed by up to 15 minutes for questions and discussion. Then we take a refreshment break, a raffle and brief announcements.

All talks are free and open to non-members, so do 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.

Wed 8 May, 7:00pm
“Herne Hill Welcomes Refugees”

Herne Hill United Church Hall, Red Post Hill

Herne Hill welcomed the arrival of a family of four in December last year. HHWR will be presenting the many different, often challenging, aspects of the experience, not merely in Herne Hill but in other parts of London.


Wed 12 June, 7:45pm
“Reflecting on Ruskin: Thomas Lynn Bristowe Memorial Lecture”
by Jon Newman

Herne Hill United Church Hall, Red Post Hill

John Ruskin, arguably one of the finest minds to emerge from South London, was a writer and cultural critic with an extraordinary range that included art, architecture, economics and the environment, One of the great English public intellectuals of the 19th century, he simultaneously defined and savagely criticised what it was to be Victorian. In this, the bicentenary year of his birth, writer and archivist Jon Newman looks at why the grand old man of Herne Hill is still relevant today.


Guided walks led by Robert Holden

Sat 14 September, 2.30pm
Herne Hill Heritage Trail: North

Meet Herne Hill Velodrome, Burbage Road entrance

Sat 21 September, 2.30pm
Herne Hill Heritage Trail: Central

Meet Herne Hill Station

Sat 28 September, 2.30pm
Herne Hill Heritage Trail: South

Meet All Saints’ Church, Lovelace Road entrance


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.