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Royston Pike Lecture: Julian Pooley, Surrey's County History

Wed 13 Feb

This talk, drawing on the rich archive materials of Manning and Bray, the antiquary Richard gough and the printer John nichols, shows how the project was part of a national culture of local history research which remains a basic tool for students of surrey’s past. Julian Pooley is Public services Manager at surrey history Centre and has been a professional archivist for over thirty years. he has published widely in the field of eighteenth century antiquarian and biographical research.

Royston Pike: Hilary Brandt presents A Holiday in North Korea

Wed 3 April

Hilary Bradt enjoyed an 18-day ‘pioneering’ trip to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in 2016, travelling to all parts of the country, discovering beautiful mountain scenery and fine beaches, as well as numbingly dull factories. But in north Korea, even the boredom is interesting and the people, without exception, friendly and charming. Hilary Bradt MBE is the founder of Bradt Travel guides which published the first ever guide to north Korea in 2003.

An evening with Tony Walsh, Poet aka Longfella

Sat 6 April 

A regular on tv and radio since 2011, Tony performs and teaches internationally and his work has been commissioned by a growing list of major institutions, attracting a legion of fans and celebrity admirers. His work came to worldwide attention in May 2017 when broadcast globally from the vigil for victims of the arena bomb outrage in his beloved Manchester. his performance trended worldwide on social media and his poem, ‘This is The Place’, entered the folklore and fabric of the city he’s still proud to call home – painted onto walls, recited in schools, re-mixed by DJs, even tattooed onto skin.