Serving Westcombe Park in East Greenwich, SE3 7SD

Thursday, 5 March 8:00pm

Felicity Cobbing
Chief Executive & Curator
Palestine Exploration Fund

“The Palestine Exploration Fund: Mapping, Exploring, and Digging the Holy Land in the 19th and 20th centuries”

 Prior to the foundation of the Palestine Exploration Fund (PEF) in 1865, the western world's knowledge of the Holy Land, was based on accounts of pilgrims and independent travellers, all with their own agendas dictating what they saw, what they felt about what they saw, and what they wrote about. Consequently, this knowledge was variable in its reliability, quality, and usefulness. The PEF was founded on public subscription to document consistent and reliable information for all of those interested in the region, for whatever reason. As such, its foundation sees the beginning of a measured, scientific approach to the study of the area, which has been hugely influential on the western world's understanding of the whole region. This talk will describe some of the PEF's most important projects, which have helped to shape how we understand the Holy Land, its people and its past.


​​Our popular, thought-provoking Community Lecture Series resumes on 26 September.  All lectures are held at St George's (see address below) and begin at 8:00 pm.  Free and open to the public. Refreshments provided. Q&A sessions follow.  A voluntary retiring collection will be taken at the end of each lecture.

St George's, Westcombe Park

43 Glenluce Road

Blackheath, London  SE3 7SD                                        For more information, call or email:

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Thursday, 2 April 8:00pm

Neville Grant
Author and Chair, UN Association of Blackheath and Greenwich

“The United Nations: Unnecessary or Indispensable?”

Best known to residents in the Blackheath area as the former editor of the Westcombe News, Neville has been involved, both locally and nationally, with The United Nations Association, a critical friend of the UN. He worked for years in China on a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) publishing project, and as a professional educator, has written English books in use on four continents.  More than 500 million of his books have been distributed around the world! In his words, "Old writers never die - they just become bookworms."

Come hear Felicity Cobbing, Chief Executive and Curator of the Palestine Exploration Fund on 5 March at 8 pm.  For more information, click on the image at right.