About our talks

A regular programme of talks is arranged by the Enfield Society at Jubilee Hall. These are free to members and non-members are welcome to attend for a modest charge (typically £1 per meeting).   Refreshments will be available and our sales counter will be open. Jubilee Hall, 2 Parsonage Lane, is near the junction with Chase Side and there is an access ramp for wheelchairs.

Talks either take place during the day or in the evening.  You can check our events calendar for all talks, or just the daytime talks or evening talks.

Other organisations also meet in Jubilee Hall—if you are interested in booking the hall, please see our Jubilee Hall for hire page for details.

If there is a particular subject you would like to see covered at our meetings, or if you know of someone who can speak on a particular topic, please contact the meetings organiser or use our contact form or leave a telephone message with Jubilee Hall.

Next Enfield Society talks

Jan
20
Mon
From Zion Chapel and Chase Side Chapel to Christ Church @ Jubilee Hall
Jan 20 @ 8:00 pm

Talk by Stephen Gilburt. This illustrated talk will tell the story of the buildings and some of the colourful characters associated with Zion and Chase Side Chapels and Christ Church Congregational Church Chase Side Enfield since 1780. Several members also had active roles in the local community, with Rev Henry Storer Toms and George Spicer campaigning to establish a School Board for Enfield and Dr John James Ridge seeking to improve public health in the late 19th century. In the 20th century Rev Ebenezer Rees was a founder, chairman and later president of the Enfield Preservation Society (the former name of The Enfield Society) and was involved with many other local organisations.

Joint meeting with the Edmonton Hundred Historical Society.

Jan
28
Tue
My Father, Station Master @ Jubilee Hall
Jan 28 @ 10:30 am

Talk by by John Green. An anecdotal account of John’s father’s career as a railway station master, first in Lincolnshire then at Gordon Hill, Northumberland Park, then re-opening the Southbury Loop in the days when railway stations had signalmen, booking clerks and porters and steam trains were the norm.

Feb
17
Mon
Lost Buildings of Enfield @ Jubilee Hall
Feb 17 @ 8:00 pm

Talk by Joe Studman. Enfield Palace, Durants Arbour, Burleigh House, Percy House, Enfield Assembly Rooms, Prounces House, Zion and Chase Side Chapels, Gentleman’s Row bothy, Cecil Road farm as well as several 17th and 18th century inns and 20th century cinemas are among the many interesting historic buildings in Enfield which have been demolished. Many of these and others will be illustrated in Joe’s talk.

Meetings of other local Societies at Jubilee Hall

Enfield Archaeological Society (EAS)

Visitors are very welcome (£1.50 per person). See www.enfarchsoc.org.

Edmonton Hundred Historical Society (EHHS)

Talks are free to members; there is a charge of £1 per head for visitors. See www.edmontonhundred.org.uk.

Historical Association (HA)

Visitors to meetings of the North London Branch are welcome for the small charge of £1.00 per person. More details from the Branch Secretary, Robin Blades (020 8368 5328), Associate Membership available for £5 a year for an individual or £8 a year for a couple. robin.blades@outlook.com.

Below is a listing of the next six talks taking place at Jubilee Hall which may include The Enfield Society, EAS, EHHS, HA as well as talks for which an entrance fee is normally charged to everyone attending.

Dec
18
Wed
Christmas Carols. What are they? Where did they come from? @ Jubilee Hall
Dec 18 @ 8:00 pm

Talk by Philip Norman. An Edmonton Hundred Historical Society meeting.  Visitors welcome, £1 each.

Jan
14
Tue
Early Medieval London: From Market to Metropolis @ Jubilee Hall
Jan 14 @ 8:00 pm

Talk by Dr Rory Naismith (King’s College London). An Historical Association meeting.  Visitors welcome, £1 each.

Jan
20
Mon
From Zion Chapel and Chase Side Chapel to Christ Church @ Jubilee Hall
Jan 20 @ 8:00 pm

Talk by Stephen Gilburt. This illustrated talk will tell the story of the buildings and some of the colourful characters associated with Zion and Chase Side Chapels and Christ Church Congregational Church Chase Side Enfield since 1780. Several members also had active roles in the local community, with Rev Henry Storer Toms and George Spicer campaigning to establish a School Board for Enfield and Dr John James Ridge seeking to improve public health in the late 19th century. In the 20th century Rev Ebenezer Rees was a founder, chairman and later president of the Enfield Preservation Society (the former name of The Enfield Society) and was involved with many other local organisations.

Joint meeting with the Edmonton Hundred Historical Society.

Jan
22
Wed
Treason Plots & Murder @ Jubilee Hall
Jan 22 @ 2:30 pm

Talk by Joe Studman. The 17th century saw a series of plots against The Crown many of them involving Enfield people and places. £3 per person.

Jan
28
Tue
My Father, Station Master @ Jubilee Hall
Jan 28 @ 10:30 am

Talk by by John Green. An anecdotal account of John’s father’s career as a railway station master, first in Lincolnshire then at Gordon Hill, Northumberland Park, then re-opening the Southbury Loop in the days when railway stations had signalmen, booking clerks and porters and steam trains were the norm.

Feb
11
Tue
Parliament and the Life of the Nation in the 18th Century @ Jubilee Hall
Feb 11 @ 8:00 pm

Talk by Professor Julian Hoppit (UCL). An Historical Association meeting, visitors welcome £1 each.

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