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Kathy Atherton

17th May 2022

Kathy is an ex-city lawyer who wrote H and I for the Oxford English Dictionary in a past life. She now writes history, and has written the Museum Guide to Dorking as well as books on the history of the Holmwoods, the Pethick-Lawrences and the fight for the vote in the Surrey Hills, the First World War in Dorking and the Dorking Mayflower travellers. Kathy has also lead battlefield tours in France and Belgium.She is now working on a book about Mary Neal, the Esperance Dancers and the Morris Dance Revival. Kathy is Chair of Dorking Museum & Heritage Centre and is also responsible for permanent and temporary exhibitions. She also runs the Museum’s guided walks team which offers guided walks in Dorking, on the Deepdene Trail and at Betchworth Castle. Kathy recently campaigned for the installation of two blue plaques in Dorking and Holmwood to mark the area’s contribution to the campaign for the vote for women and speaks regularly at events and on radio.