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Mullard Space Science Laboratory and Polesden Lacey (NT), Dorking Friday 14 Sept 2018

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10:15 – 17:00 14 Sep 2018
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Dorking Station (meeting place), Station Approach, Dorking, Surrey, United Kingdom, RH4 1TF

This visit has been organised by Stewart Coulter.

Additional places: The maximum of 20 for the guided tour of Polesden Lacey has now been reached but there is still room for 25 further places for REMS members or guests who, instead of joining the tour, will visit the house freely as members of the public. There are still places for the morning visit to  the Mullard Space Sciences Laboratory.

If there are any cancellations meantime or no-shows for the guided tour on the day, these will be offered to participant #21 etc.

I am enquiring whether a second guided tour is possible so watch this space.

As there is no charge for the tour, the price is unaffected. 


The Mullard Space Science Laboratory (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/mssl) is UCL's Department of Space and Climate Physics.  Set in the Surrey Hills it is a world-leading research organisation and is the UK's largest university-based space research group.  Since its establishment in 1966, it has participated in more than 35 satellite missions and over 200 rocket experiments.  Home to well over 100 academic staff, PhD students and engineers, it includes a clean room for satellite instrument preparation.


Lunch is at The Parrot (RH5 5RZ), a fine country inn a few miles away overlooking the Surrey Downs.  Pre-ordering is required.

Poleseden Lacey

This NT property is the lavish country retreat of Mrs Greville, a vivacious Edwardian socialite.  We will be taken on a1h tour (free) after which we can roam on our own.  It closes at 5pm. 

Postcode: RH5 6BB.


Polesden Lacey


Parking is so limited at MSSL that REMS will subsidise the cost of a minibus at notional cost.  Pickup will be at Dorking station at 10:45, drop off around 17:30.  The all-day parking charge at the station is £6.40, not assured.  If you wish to drive we have permission to park early at The Parrot (RH5 5RZ) which is on the route from the station to MSSL.  After lunch you can then drive to Polesden Lacey where parking is copious or you have the choice to depart early.

Where and when to meet 

Dorking station (Main) 10:45 (or at The Parrot 11:00 by arrangement).

Getting there by train (about £20 return):

Waterloo 09:24-10:12  09:54-10:42

Victoria 09:16-10:12  09:25-10:21  09:46–10:42 

Lunch Pre-order required CONTACT THEM 2 WEEKS IN ADVANCE


10:15   Meet Dorking station café

10:45   Minibus to MSSL

11:00  Visit

13:15   Lunch at The Parrot

15:00   Guided tour of Polesden Lacey

17:00   Depart for Dorking station

Size of party  Additional places: See new note at the top of this flyer. Max size of party now = 45.  NB There is effectively no limit at MSSL (45!) but 20 is the maximum size of a group tour at Polesden Lacey.  However if the 21st and subsequent participants were happy to visit freely that limit would not apply.  The coach will be according to the size of the party.

Cost    £5 transport + £8 entry (free for NT members).  Lunch at cost.

Contacts Before the day: contact Stewart Coulter at stewartcoulter.rems@gmail.com or on 01895 255576 or 07747 800837. On the day: call 07747 800837.

Late arrivals.  Call Stewart on 07747 800837, if travelling by train a taxi would be required to get you to MSSL .



You can pay either by cheque or by bank transfer.  It is possible to pay for several places on one transaction.

Cheque:  make your cheque payable to The Institute of Physics (not IOP) and send them to:

Tony Colclough (REMS)

34 Sugden Road

Thames Ditton

Surrey KT7 0AE

*** Please annotate the rears of your cheques with:  REMS, Event title; event date.

If you are paying for several events with one cheque, please write them all.


Bank transfer: IOP Bank details are as follows:

Account Name:                 Institute of Physics (GBP)

Sort Code:                         40-14-13

Account Number:             82403552

Bank Name:                      HSBC Bank plc

Bank Address                   62 George White Street, Cabot Circus, Bristol BS1 3BA

BIC:                                    MIDLGB22

IBAN:                                 GB15MIDL. 40141382403552


*** Please enter a reference with the transfer as follows:  REMS EVENT ddmmyy  

Where  ddmmyy is the date of the event (first event if you are paying for several)


Organised by: Stewart Coulter for the Retired Members' Section of the London & South East Branch, IOP

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Dorking Station (meeting place), Station Approach, Dorking, Surrey, United Kingdom, RH4 1TF
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10:15 – 17:00 14 Sep 2018

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