Talks at the Pub

Sunday evenings 6.30 for 6.45 start, finish 8.00
Tickets £5.00 on the door at The Brookmill Pub
65 Cranbrook Road, SE8 4EJ

Talks audio-recorded for anyone unable to access the upstairs room.

March 10: The Extraordinary Life Cycle of Eels

We have eels in the park!  Travelling from the Sargasso Sea to the Creek near Elverson Road, these creatures help ensure the presence of our local kingfishers.  Joe Pecorelli, Marine and Freshwater Conservation Programme, Zoological Society London, will throw light on their mysterious life cycle and their state of health in the Thames and its tributaries.

March 24: Margaret and Rachel McMillan

The McMillan sisters founded the Open-Air Nursery School and Training Centre in Deptford in 1914.  Working with communities, described as amongst the most deprived in Britain, their influence on early years education continues to inspire educators in the UK and beyond. Dr Betty Liebovich, Lecturer in Early Years Education at Goldsmiths, University of London, will speak about their work and enduring legacy.

April 7: Bags, Bottles and Balsam – A Life Along the River

Lawrence Beale Collins is Corporate Partnerships Officer, and former Ravensbourne Officer at Thames 21, the organisation working to improve London’s waterways for communities and wildlife. He leads river clean-ups in Brookmill Park and contributes to the #Oneless campaign. He will give an overview of plastic removal from our rivers and the eradication of water borne invasive species.


Previous talks 2019

February 10: People’s History and Everyday Heroism

Dr John Price, historian at Goldsmiths, University of London, will talk about People’s History and Everyday Heroism including selfless individuals who died saving the lives of others, commemorated by the Watts Memorial in Postman’s Park, EC1. He’ll also touch on South London heroes, recipients of the Daily Herald Order of Industrial Heroism.

February 24: South East Sounds-Local Bands from 1975-now

Local resident, John Turner, is a historian, playwright, musician and theatre director with long Deptford associations.  He was part of community theatre company, The Combination (based at the Albany), and is lead singer of renowned and recently revived 70s and 80s pub band, Rubber Johnny.  He will talk about bands originating in South East London, which went on to receive wider acclaim.