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