Calendar

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.

Apr
28
Tue
Recreating young Queen Victoria’s rooms at Kensington Palace @ Jubilee Hall
Apr 28 @ 10:30 am

Talk by Lee Prosser. The rooms where Queen Victoria grew up at Kensington Palace were, until recently just a shadow of their former selves. Research has helped to restore them to Regency splendour for the latest exhibition dedicated to her early life and also tells a different story of her childhood. In the talk Lee will trace that story and explore some of the discoveries.

May
26
Tue
Putting on the Ritz: 1920s and 30s fashions @ Jubilee Hall
May 26 @ 10:30 am

Talk by Carol Harris. In the 1920s and ’30s, women shortened their skirts, bobbed their hair and threw away their corsets. Fashion trends for men and women were set by the younger royals and the emerging Hollywood film industry. This talk looks at the fashions of those inter-war years, and what those clothes say about the lives and interests of, especially, the women who wore them. Tutankhamun, smoking, celebrity culture and new textiles are all parts of the story, and the talk is illustrated with items from Carol’s extensive collection.

Jun
11
Thu
Enfield Society AGM @ Jubilee Hall
Jun 11 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Doors open 7.30pm. All members welcome. Our speaker this year will be Nick Dines, Managing Director Concilio, who will be talking about the redevelopment of Edmonton Green Shopping Centre.

More details about our AGM. . .

Jun
30
Tue
Painting the East End @ Jubilee Hall
Jun 30 @ 10:30 am

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.

The East End vernacular: post war and present day artists @ Jubilee Hall
Jun 30 @ 10:30 am

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.

Nov
24
Tue
Swinging London @ Jubilee Hall
Nov 24 @ 10:30 am

Talk by Nick Dobson. The Sixties saw London cast off the gloom of the post-war years and transform into the bright, swinging centre of style and culture. This illustrated timeline will provide a reminder of that groovy, swinging decade!

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