Northiam  & District Historical & Literary Society

Providing Entertaining & Informative Speakers, Events & Films

Coronavirus Update (late September) 


In the current situation, it seems very unlikely that we will be able to meet as usual in the New Year. We have therefore decided, with great regret, to cancel the remaining speakers for this season. We hope that we will be able to reschedule the promised talks for the following year.

In  the meantime, we send our best wishes to our members; we look forward to seeing you all after the present crisis has passed.

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

“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. 


Cauthar Tooley

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