The Holmesdale Natural History Club of Reigate will hold a glow-worm walk tomorrow (Wednesday, July 10), meeting at 9.20pm at the top end of Pilgrims Way, Reigate. Weather permitting, the walkers will try and find glow worms in the field under Colley Hill. The club's museum at 14 Croydon Road, Reigate, will also hold an open day this Saturday (July 13) from 2pm to 4.30pm, with free admission.
Another free open day will be held on Saturday, August 10, between the same times.
The public will be welcome to see the museum's collections and special displays highlighting new acquisitions, local history research, natural history and the activities of the Junior Club.
The museum will also be open on the Heritage Open Days – Saturday, September 14, and Sunday, September 15 - from 10am to 4pm. Holmesdale Natural History Club, founded in 1857, is a charity promoting the study of natural history, local history, archaeology and geology in and around Reigate. It has an extensive library and museum collections, with some specimens collected in the 18th century. These include a large collection of stuffed birds, herbarium specimens, including material collected by James Brewer for the first Flora of Surrey, which was published by the club in 1863, local history and archaeological collections. Lectures given by visiting speakers or club members are arranged on the third Wednesday of the month (except December and August) in the museum lecture room. The next will take place on Wednesday, July 17, at 8pm, when Alexander Bagnall will talk on Thomas Hope and the Deepdene – A Lost Landscape.
Thomas Hope lived at Deepdene, a Palladian house, from 1807, and his mausoleum survives in the grounds, although the house was demolished in 1969. Mr Bagnall will talk about a project to rediscover Deepdene's lost landscape.
For more details visit the club's website at: www.hnhc.co.uk