History talks that explore Norwood’s Dickensian past

The Norwood Society has announced its programme of talks and events for the rest of 2015, beginning this week, on March 19, with a talk about Charles Dickens’s Norwood connections, to be given by Paul Graham of the Dickens Fellowship.

Charles Dickens: the author's south London connections will be outlined in a history talk this week

Charles Dickens: the author’s south London connections will be outlined in a history talk this week

Other topics during the year include how Crystal Palace was involved in pioneering aviation, the artist Pissaro, William Booth and the founding of the Salvation Army, and the history of Crystal Palace football club.

The acclaimed local history talks are held on the third Thursday of the month, starting at 7.30pm, and take place at the Upper Norwood Library, Westow Hill SE19 1TJ

Entry, including refreshments, is free, but donations are appreciated.

March 19: Dickens: the Norwood Connections
Paul Graham, of the Dickens Fellowship, enlightens us about the links between Dickens and Norwood.

April 16: Balloons, Airships and Aeroplanes – all at the Crystal Palace!
Jerry Green explains how Crystal Palace was involved in the pioneering of aviation.

May 21: Pissarro in Norwood
Society Chairman, Richard Lines, tells the story of artist Pissarro’s time in this area.

June 18: The Subway
Stephen Oxford has been closely involved in uncovering the history of this remaining part of the Palace and will uncover both the history and future plans.

September 17: The Crystal Palace – a sporting history.
Stuart Hibberd has been co-author of a history of Crystal Palace Football Club and will talk about the history of the club and other pioneers of sporting history associated with Crystal Palace.

October 15: The Business of Funerals
With one of Britain’s greatest cemeteries in our midst funerals are a common sight. Barbara Thomas will explore the history of undertakers and local firms.

November 19: William Booth
It is 150 years since William Booth founded the Salvation Army. Tony Fletcher will reveal the life of the man who preached to thousands in the Crystal Palace.

December 17: Members’ Social Evening

For enquiries please contact Alun & Barbara Thomas, 07784 941014, history@norwoodsociety.co.uk, or visit the website here.

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