The London Luminaries is a group of historic organisations who work together collaboratively to share knowledge and ideas about heritage.
London was the epicentre of commerce and wealth, thanks to the River Thames which attracted royalty, aristocrats, artists, writers and wealthy property owners. A legacy of these luminaries is an area exceptionally rich in heritage buildings, gardens and landscapes.
Drawing on the success of the Thames and Twickenham Luminaries virtual lecture series, Pope’s Grotto Preservation Trust and English Heritage’s Marble Hill, with other local heritage organisations, have organised a series of twelve free virtual talks over two seasons beginning in October. Acknowledged experts will explore, explain and offer insights about a luminary and their connection to Poets, Princes, Politicians or Painters.
This season’s run will include talks from Kew Palace, Garrick’s Temple, Ham House and Garden, Chiswick House & Gardens, Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery, and Pope’s Grotto.
Chiswick House will be showcased on Thursday 28 October. Hosted by team member Nadege Forde-Vidal, they will be exploring ‘The Secret Lives of Chiswick House’ and delving into the stories of some lesser-known historical characters connected with the House.
Each 20-minute talk will be delivered using Zoom and will begin at 7.00 p.m. They will be chaired by Professor Judith Hawley of the Department of English, Royal Holloway, University of London. Time will be allowed for questions and answers at the end. The events will end at or before 8.00 pm. Attendees will be sent a Zoom link by email about an hour before each talk begins.
Image above: some of the many iconic estates in west London, with Chiswick House shown bottom left
Free but a £5 donation for each talk encouraged, if you are able, which will be divided equally between the twelve participating organisations.
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