Saturday, March 14th 2.30 pm

Holy Trinity Church Hall, Claygate KT10 0JP

Founded in 1731, The Gentleman’s Magazine was the world’s first magazine, reporting domestic and foreign news, announcing the latest discoveries in science, medicine and technology, reviewing books and recording freak weather, births, marriages and military promotions.  Its obituaries of the deceased laid the foundation for the later Dictionary of National Biography and are a major source for the lives and deaths of thousands of 18th century people.  This talk will provide an introduction to the magazine, explore its value for family and local historians in the Esher area and uncover hidden stories of Surrey people and the county’s history throughout the Georgian period.


Julian Pooley is Public Services and Engagement Manager at Surrey History Centre in Woking and has been a professional archivist for over thirty years. He has published widely in the field of eighteenth century antiquarian and biographical research. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and Honorary Visiting Fellow at the Centre for English Local History at the University of Leicester.