Northiam  & District Historical & Literary Society

Providing Entertaining & Informative Speakers, Events & Films


 Talks for 2022

We are aiming to re-convene the Society in January 2022, with a “half-season” of five talks. The first meeting will take place on January 11th and will include a talk and the Annual General Meeting. Light refreshments, including wine and soft drinks will also be served. The talks have now been booked- details on the next page.

We will have our usual exhibit at the Bonfire Society’s Summer Fete on the village playing field- now re-scheduled for 7th August- when further details of next year’s talks will be available. We hope to see as many of you as possible on that day. 

The Society’s Committee meets four times per year. It is a very friendly and sociable group, and we are hoping to recruit some new members for the coming year. Please consider joining us: anyone who may be interested in becoming involved is welcome to come along to a meeting as an observer, with no commitment to join. In the meantime, if you would like more information, please get in contact.


Many of you will remember the talk given by Mary Smith. She has now revised her book- details below.

Schoolgirl's war front cover 2nd edition

“A Schoolgirl’s War” – a Christmas gift idea 

The story of school life during WW2 is told in this book through a unique combination of the testimonies of wartime pupils and a fascinating set of contemporary artworks. Helen Keen, a wartime art teacher in Maidstone, documented the lives of schoolgirls and their teachers in paint and pencil as the war unfolded. The record provided by her exquisite paintings and drawings is enhanced by the memories and anecdotes of those at school at the time. The book would be of interest to anyone, of any age and from any part of the country, who is interested in life on the WW2 home front. Copies are available through the website of Maidstone Girls’ Grammar School,, at a cost of £10 each plus p&p. The sale of the books is helping to fund the exploration of a second air-raid shelter uncovered at the school, and the development of a dedicated wartime classroom for educational visits.