Barking and District Historical Society

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About BDHS

The Society

The Barking & District Historical Society was founded in 1934 to encourage interest in the history of the Barking district.

Indoor talks are held at Harp House, 16 Helmore Road, Barking, IG11 9PH. The 62 bus stops nearby. It is a short walk from Upney Underground Station (District Line).

Talks are free to members and £1.50 to non-members. Visitors are welcome to attend. Refreshments are normally available after the talk. Raffles are held. Most talks are illustrated with slides.

Talks take place on the first Monday evening of the month between September and June, except January. Recent topics have included: Ilford Hospital Chapel, Barking and Dagenham Archives, A History of Christmas, Barking and Dagenham at War, The Brunel Museum, Writing Slopes, Elizabeth Fry, Health and Disease in Barking, and Josiah Wedgewood.

Members are encouraged to contribute to our annual newsletter which contains a variety of interesting articles, announcements of future events, notices and reviews of recent publications, Society business and other items of relevance to the local history of Barking and district.

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