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

Mar
16
Mon
A History of Telephones in Enfield @ Jubilee Hall
Mar 16 @ 8:00 pm

Talk by John Liffen. The telephone was introduced in Britain in 1878 but it was not until 1899 that the first exchange in Enfield was opened, in a small room next to a pub. Initially take-up was slow but by the 1920s large new exchanges were needed. The talk reviews the development of telephone use across the area of the present London Borough of Enfield, focusing particularly on the visible infrastructure. However, impending changes in communications technology may mean that the prominent exchange buildings will be surplus to requirements in a few years’ time.

As well as recent photos taken by the speaker, the talk will include many historic images drawn from BT Archives, Enfield Local Studies and the Science Museum Group.

Mar
31
Tue
The Lea Valley from Ice Age to Wetlands: the Lea Valley’s return to nature. @ Jubilee Hall
Mar 31 @ 10:30 am

Talk by Dr Jim Lewis. This talk covers 10,000 years of Lea Valley history in one hour and looks at how the valley was formed. Here the opportunity is taken to explore how industrial and domestic growth has brought about unforeseen consequences for our planet. Of course, like many of Jim’s talks, there is always a little bit more!

Apr
15
Wed
William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement @ Jubilee Hall
Apr 15 @ 8:00 pm

Talk by Mark Lewis. Joint meeting between The Enfield Society and Edmonton Hundred Historical Society.  Doors open 7.30pm.  Visitors welcome, £1 each.

Meetings of other local Societies at Jubilee Hall

Enfield Archaeological Society (EAS)

Visitors to Enfield Archaeological Society talks are very welcome (£1.50 per person). See www.enfarchsoc.org.

Edmonton Hundred Historical Society (EHHS)

Visitors to Edmonton Hundred Historical Society talks are welcome (£1 per person). 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 (up to) 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.

Feb
26
Wed
Lavender Hill Cemetery @ Jubilee Hall
Feb 26 @ 2:30 pm

Talk by Joe Studman. A talk which looks at some of the graves to reveal a potted history of late Victorian and Edwardian Enfield. Doors open 2pm. £4 per person.

Mar
6
Fri
Layers of London: Get involved with mapping London @ Jubilee Hall
Mar 6 @ 8:00 pm

Talk by Adam Corsini (University of London). Enfield Archaeological Society talk. Visitors welcome, £1.50 each.

Mar
10
Tue
Evaluating the November 1918 Revolution in Germany @ Jubilee Hall
Mar 10 @ 8:00 pm

Talk by Dr Christopher Dillon (King’s College London). An Historical Association meeting, non-members welcome, £1 each.

Mar
16
Mon
A History of Telephones in Enfield @ Jubilee Hall
Mar 16 @ 8:00 pm

Talk by John Liffen. The telephone was introduced in Britain in 1878 but it was not until 1899 that the first exchange in Enfield was opened, in a small room next to a pub. Initially take-up was slow but by the 1920s large new exchanges were needed. The talk reviews the development of telephone use across the area of the present London Borough of Enfield, focusing particularly on the visible infrastructure. However, impending changes in communications technology may mean that the prominent exchange buildings will be surplus to requirements in a few years’ time.

As well as recent photos taken by the speaker, the talk will include many historic images drawn from BT Archives, Enfield Local Studies and the Science Museum Group.

Mar
17
Tue
Enfield Town’s Lost Palaces @ Dugdale Centre, 1st floor conference room
Mar 17 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Talk by Ian Jones. Enfield’s manor house—a Tudor building known locally as the ‘Palace’—was situated where Pearsons is today until it was demolished in 1928. This talk examines the pictorial and archaeological evidence for the building and gardens with special focus on the surviving Oak room.

Free but advanced ticket reservation is advised.

Mar
18
Wed
EHHS AGM and Talk @ Jubilee Hall
Mar 18 @ 8:00 pm

AGM of Edmonton Hundred Historical Society (EHHS) followed by a talk by Dr Jim Lewis entitled London’s Lea Valley: Home of Britain’s Growing Food and Drink Industry. Doors open 7.30pm. Visitors welcome, £1 each.

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