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(Currently closed due to the Corona Virus outbreak)The National Archives, Kew

June 1
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Open Tuesday – Saturday, closed Sunday & Monday but please check as they close for the usual public holidays throughout the year.

Open Tuesday – Saturday, closed Sunday & Monday but please check as they close for the usual public holidays throughout the year. The National Archives is home to millions of historical documents covering a huge range of subjects, including more than 70,000 images, from ancient maps to iconic advertising. The building houses records which have been created and collected by UK central government departments such as the Home Office and the Foreign Office, and major courts of law such as…

Arts & Crafts Trail, Hammersmith

June 1
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating indefinitely

This is a walk that you can do at your leisure. You just need to download the map, or pick it up from the William Morris Society Museum in Hammersmith, open Thursday and Saturday, 2.00 – 5.00pm. Start at Hammersmith Bridge and make your way along the river to Hammersmith Terrace, reading about some of the interesting Victorians as you go. The riverside at Hammersmith was an important hub for the Arts & Crafts movement, home to several of its…

Visit Watermans arts centre, Brentford (All screenings and events have been cancelled until at least Sunday 5 April)

June 1
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating indefinitely

There’s something on at Watermans arts centre every day of the year except Christmas Day. Watermans arts centre offers a variety of arts activities for varied age groups and interests. This includes a cinema, a 250 seat theatre, contemporary art gallery, and an on-site cafe. Year round they provide activities for families, including children’s theatre and comedy, and workshops varying from music to creative writing. watermans.org.uk Cinema Daily, Watermans screens the latest box office hits, independent art house cinema, foreign…

(Currently closed due to Corona Virus outbreak) Visit the William Morris Museum

June 4 @ 12:00 pm5:00 pm BST
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Sunday, Thursday and Saturday, repeating indefinitely

The William Morris Society has small museum is in the coach house and basement rooms of Kelmscott House. William Morris lived at Kelmscott House from 1878 until his death in 1896 and the main section of the house is still a home today. The coach house is now the seasonal exhibition space, where they hold events and exhibitions of work by Morris and those inspired by him here but much has happened in this room; Morris started to weave his…

The Arts Society Chiswick – From Garbo to Garland – the magical art of Hollywood

June 11 @ 8:00 pm BST

Lights, Camera, Action! – inside stories of the art and artifice of the early decades of Hollywood. This lecture covers the work of stills photographers, costumiers, publicists, actors, actresses and the movie moguls who made it all happen. Dr Geri Parlby, who will be hosting this talk, is a former Fleet Street journalist and film PR. She has a first-class honours degree in History and Theology, a Masters in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute and a Theology doctorate from Roehampton…

Bedford Park Festival opening weekend site for Green Days fete, showing tents and seating and microphone

Bedford Park Festival

June 12June 28

2020 Bedford Park Festival – Friday 12 – Sunday 28 June The Bedford Park Festival is a two week arts and community festival which takes place early in June. A celebration of the arts, with music concerts, theatre productions, art and photography shows, walks and talks, the festival raises money for St Michael & All Angels Church and three church charities. It has an excellent reputation for high production standards, particularly for its Classical music concerts, which are a staple…

Artists at Home

June 19June 21

63 pop-up exhibitions await you across Chiswick, Hammersmith and Shepherds Bush. 77 artists will be delighted to welcome you to their houses, studios and flats, to view paintings, glass-making, ceramics, printmaking, sculpture, photographs, textiles, and jewellery. This is an exciting chance to discover new original work for your home and to talk to artists about how they create. A fun and lively event with many regular addicted visitors. If you've never been before, make this the year you visit. Browse…

The Arts Society Chiswick – Turner vs Constable: the great British paint-off

July 9 @ 8:00 pm BST

This is the story of the epic rivalry between the two giants of British art, J.M.W. Turner and John Constable. As unlike in background and temperament as their paintings were in style, these two creative geniuses transformed the art of landscape. This lecture sets them head-to-head and examines their differences, their similarities, their battles and their shared triumphs. But who will ultimately be crowned star painter? As well as giving an overview of Turner and Constable, the subject provides an enjoyable…

The Arts Society Chiswick – Mr Barry’s War: rebuilding the Houses of Parliament

September 17 @ 8:00 pm BST

A highly topical lecture, given the current arguments about the multi-billion pound restoration planned for Westminster! The Houses of Parliament is one of the most famous and staggering buildings in the world. It rises serenely from the Thames at Westminster, on a site which has been the centre of power and government in England from the earliest times. It is a masterpiece of Victorian architecture and a spectacular feat of civil engineering: but from the beginning, its design and construction…

The Arts Society Chiswick – Art Transported: How did it get here from where it was made? Who owned it before?

October 8 @ 8:00 pm BST

We love standing in a museum gazing at a painting by Titian or Caravaggio, but we rarely question where it was before it came to be in that museum or who, in earlier times, stood in front of it and gazed nor by what practical means it got there. When Napoleon invaded Europe he had the best of Europe’s works of art sent back to Paris for his new Musée Napoleon. But how did they get four life -size bronze…

The Arts Society Chiswick – Pompeii: Digging Deeper with the Muddy Archaeologist

November 12 @ 8:00 pm GMT

The tragedy of Pompeii’s burial by Mount Vesuvius’ eruption in AD79 provided an archaeological miracle that enables us to see how Roman villas were richly decorated with stunningly beautiful frescoes. It also gives us a glimpse into how luxury villas reflected their owner’s aspirations. They were also used as working estates for business and industry. Yet, even here, there is art in abundance.Their preserved remains and contents show us aspects of Roman life that archaeologists could never have guessed at…

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