Lecture at The Guildford Institute – “Then and Now in Surrey” with afternoon tea

26th January 2023, 14:00 - 16:00



Thursday 26 January 2023
2pm – 4pm





A visit to The Guildford Institute with a lively illustrated talk titled “Surrey Then and Now” presented by historian Lorraine Spindler BA. Lorraine is the published author of “Struggle and Suffrage in Leatherhead” and “Leatherhead in the Great War”, she is also a curator at Leatherhead Museum and lectures locally – indeed a busy Surrey lass!

The lecture will start at 2pm so please be ready in your seats in the Studio at the top of The Guilford Institute for the start of the programme at 2pm. There is a lift for those who do not wish to take the several flights of stairs.

After the lecture at 3pm and included in the price of your ticket, Tea, Coffee, and a delicious selection of homemade cakes including Victoria sponge, Lemon drizzle cake, Peanut butter blondies and many more (including gluten free options) will be served in the Institutes Assembly room, now dining room with its’ famous Bechstein piano.

The Guildford Institute building has a Grade 2 listing and has seen many changes since 1881 when it started life as “The Royal Arms Coffee Tavern and Temperance Hotel”. Since then, it has served amongst other things as an Institute for Mechanics, for Natural History, Literature and has seen many other changes within its doors. In 1896 a Chess Club was founded which continues to this day and is renowned as one of the strongest clubs in the UK with beginners to a grand master.

1982 saw the opening of Guildford’s ‘only vegetarian restaurant, run by a group of friends and called “The Friday Beano”. Today that tradition continues with “The V Café” , winner of Surrey Life Food and Drink Award, so (at your own expense), why not treat yourself to a tasty vegetarian or vegan lunch before the lecture.

Cost to members £20.00

Cost to non-members £25.00

Deadline for booking 22 January 2023

NB.  There are lifts at the Institute for those with mobility issues.

This event is not suitable for dogs.

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Today, the Institute hosts a wide and varied range of courses and talks open to the public as well as members. We hope you enjoy your visit and are perhaps inspired to pick up a brochure showing all the activities held here for enjoyment and learning.

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