Talk by by Chris Truran. Chris joined the Metropolitan Police in 1975 and worked as a Scenes of Crimes Officer (SOCO), working in central, north and north west London for over 38 years. Chris examined over 25,000 crime scenes ranging from shop-lifting to murder. Last year Chris spoke to us about the development of fingerprint and DNA technologies.
In this second talk he will cover the first use of physical trace evidence in France in 1888 to trap a murderer which marks the birth of the use of Forensic Science in crime detection. The talk will cover the Soham murders of schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman and the kidnap and murder of Sarah Payne.
Talk by Joe Studman. In 1800 only St Andrews and All Saints existed as parish churches. In 1900 there were 20. £3 per person.
This festive meeting will start with a review of Enfield Society events that took place across the past year, with this being followed by a light-hearted quiz. Last year you were tested on your knowledge of hats, vegetables and flowers: this year brush up your knowledge of birds, cakes and bits of Enfield—put your quizzing caps on and come along prepared to do battle! All accompanied by mince pies of course and prizes for the victorious winning team. An extra prize will be awarded to the team with the best team name. There’s everything to play for!
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.
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.
Talk by Trudi Axtens and Ursula Taylor, North London Waste Authority. For 50 years there has been a waste disposal site at the Edmonton EcoPark that has diverted more than 21 million tonnes of non-recyclable waste that would otherwise have gone to landfill. The current energy from waste facility is now nearing the end of its useful life and plans for its replacement have been progressing since 2014, with proposals for a new facility that will be far more efficient than the one it is replacing. Perhaps more importantly though in these energy-conscious times, the new energy recovery facility will not just be cleaner but will also produce up to 78 megawatts of low carbon energy each year to supply electricity and heat for up to 127,000 homes. Using waste to generate energy will lead to carbon savings equivalent to 215,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year when compared to the alternative of sending it to landfill. That’s like removing 110,000 cars off of the road. Work on the site began in early 2019 and in this talk Trudi and Ursula will describe the project’s progress and how the facility, when completed, will make a major contribution to managing the non-recyclable waste collected in north London and to achieving the Government’s target of ‘Net Zero’
Talk by Joe Studman. A talk which looks at some of the graves to reveal a potted history of late Victorian and Edwardian Enfield. £3 per person.
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!
Talk by Fiona Atkins. Fiona curated the sell-out exhibition at the Townhouse Gallery in June 2016 that first brought the work of East End artist Doreen Fletcher to the attention of a wider public, and is the author of ‘Lost Time’, a catalogue published to accompany that exhibition and more recently updated to coincide with the 2019 exhibition of Doreen’s work at the Nunnery Gallery. In this talk Fiona will discuss perceptions of the East End and will illustrate her talk with a selection of Doreen’s work and other post war and current-day artists in the realist tradition.