events banner

Regular meetings

We hold meetings in Central London on the second Saturday of every other month: February, April, June, August, October and December.


King's Cross Methodist Church
6 Crestfield Street
London WC1H 8BB.

The church is opposite King's Cross Mainline Station.


The nearest Underground / train station is King's Cross St Pancras (Piccadilly, Circle, Metropolitan and Victoria lines).


The rooms are open from 12.15 and there is space for people to eat lunch before the meeting starts. Tea and coffee are available.

Speakers usually give their talks at 13.30 and 15.30 (except at the AGM in June).


8 February 2020

1.30pm - ‘Philately Can Get You Anywhere!’ – Fred Feather, Vice President, Essex Society for Family History

This talk is in two parts. The first part is about a sailor/prisoner who spent 5 years of the Great War in the camp concert party at Doberitz camp near Berlin. There are rare pictures of costumes, plays and variety performances. The second part is the tragic story of Leutnant Meiser, a German Hussar POW and his death in a Cunard Liner off Southend Pier in 1915. Both accounts show how well prisoners were treated early in the war.

3.30pm - Ally Pally Prison Camp - Dr. Maggie Butt, Middlesex University

This multi-media, multi voice presentation tells the hidden story of Alexandra Palace in north London when it was used as an internment camp for 3000 internees from 1915 to 1919. This presentation combines extracts from the prisoners’ own words from letters and memoirs with evocative photographs, plus full colour paintings by internee George Kenner and poems by the speaker, Maggie Butt, and is based on Maggie’s book, Ally Pally Prison Camp, published in 2011 by Oversteps Books. Her book is available on the book stall.

18 April 2020 – Please note this is the 3rd Saturday, not 2nd, due to Easter being the 12-13th of April!

1.30pm - Women, The Home and Spanish Flu in the Great War – Ian Porter, London guide

Ian writes that the Great War was won on the home front and in this talk he tells the story.

(NB - Sharon Hintze has had to postpone her talk on 'Catching up with Family Research for German Ancestors' to the October meeting due to a conflict with the event at Alexandra Palace.)

3.30pm - The Chance of a Lifetime: WWI from an Antipodean Point of View - Bronwyn Klimach, member

The Australian Government brochure encouraged enlistment into the army during WWI with the offer of a ‘Free Tour to Great Britain and Europe’ (the Old Country to most Aussies)!

13 June 2020

1.30pm - AGM

3.30pm - The Hanseatic League - Alison Gowman, Alderman, Ward of Dowgate, City of London Corporation

At one time this important trading league stretched from London to Novgorod and would have influenced life across Europe, particularly all along the Baltic and northwestern European coasts as well as in London and along the coast of southeast England. Alison was involved in creating the fascinating BBC Radio 4 program about the Hanseatic League.

5.00-8.00pm - Summer social

Lovely food, fun quiz and good company. Please contact Nöele Barnfield to book your place.

8 August 2020

1.30pm - TBA


3.30pm - TBA


10 October 2020

1.30pm - Catching Up with Family Search for German Ancestors – Sharon Hintze, retired former director of the London Family History Centre, LDS Church

Sharon will get us up to date on recent developments in Family Search and offer suggestions for looking for your German ancestors. (Please note that this talk was originally booked for April of this year.)

3.30pm - TBA


12 December 2020

1.30pm - TBA


3.30pm - At Home in Whitechapel’s Deutsche Kolonie – Dr. Sarah Ann Milne, Research Associate, Survey of London, UCL

Sarah has been researching the German sugarhouses in the Whitechapel area. Her talk will be about what life was like for the German-origin families in that area of East London in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

5.00-8.00pm - Christmas social

Lovely food, fun quiz and good company. Please contact Nöele Barnfield to book your place.