1934-1964 - Barking and District Historical Society

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Barking and District Historical Society:
A Brief Chronology

John Blake
Founded   as the Barking and District Archaeological Society. The initial meeting took   place on 10th November with Robert Hewett in the chair. Lord Salisbury agreed   to become its first president. There were 47 members in the first year. The   society met in the Council Chamber of Barking Town Hall.
First volume of Transactions published under the   editorship of J.E. Oxley. He edited them until 1958.
1935 April
The Society demanded that the Royal College of  Surgeons return two Roman skulls to Barking which were unearthed during  building work in the town.
1938 May
Society  members paid a visit to Valence House at the invitation of J.G. O'Leary.
1939 January
James Oxley became chairman
1939 May
Committee decided to abandon its programme of  excursions due to the international situation
1939 December
Death  of Fred Brand, first vice-chairman and later chairman. He was the Society’s  first Life Member.
1940 January
The AGM  decided that the existing officers and committee be re-elected for the  duration of the war (World War II)
1940 February
Meetings  of the Society moved from Eastbury House to Barking Town Hall because the bus  service “cannot be guaranteed in the blackout”.
1942 January
AGM  held at Barclays Bank Chambers, East Street, Barking.
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