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Citizen UK: Ealing Rises Up

November 29, 2021March 31, 2022

Hear the stories of those who stood up and resisted racism Citizen UK: Ealing Rises Up is an exhibition by The National Portrait Gallery in partnership with Ealing Local History Centre Archives, artists Asia Ahmed and Narvir Singh, and local volunteer Citizen Researchers. This exhibition investigate stories of people who stood up and resisted racism and recognise some of the lesser known figures involved. Using archive material, spoken word and film, we'll tell the stories of Ealing activists and the movements…

Munich – The Edge of War – Live Q&A with George MacKay

January 20 @ 7:30 pm GMT

Riverside Studios are delighted to welcome the star of Munich-The Edge of War, George MacKay, to join them for a Q&A after this screening. George is already celebrated for his leading roles in the Oscar-winning WWI one-shot action thriller 1917, the beloved modern musical Sunshine on Leith, the bold historical dramas Pride and True History of the Kelly Gang and many, many more... "An elegant what-if twist on wartime history"-The Guardian Based on the international bestseller by Robert Harris and…

Thames Foreshore Archaeology Guided Walk: Chiswick

January 24 @ 1:00 pm2:30 pm GMT

Join Thames Discovery Programme for a guided walk exploring the surprising heritage of Chiswick. From trade and transport to naval engineering, the stretch of foreshore at Chiswick tells a rich story. Join one of their expert archaeologists on a guided walk along this part of the Thames. Their guided foreshore walks help support their work to monitor and record the vulnerable archaeology on the Thames foreshore. Places are limited so booking is essential! The foreshore surface is uneven and muddy –please…

Free Online Talk – Flappers, flights and freedom: a social history of the 1920s

January 26 @ 7:30 pm GMT

 A decade of conflict, creation and change - historian Professor Kate Williams brings to life the fascinating world of the 1920s. From strikes and suffrage to innovations in science and arts and culture, the 1920s saw Britain leap forward in some areas but crumble in others. Fuelled by an epic generational battle as the young tried to throw Edwardian values away for good, the decade stood as an incredible period of social change. For some it was one long party,…

Online Talk – Sources and influences of the First Garden Suburb: Bedford Park in Context

January 26 @ 7:30 pm GMT

Following the popularity of their autumn 2021 lecture, the Bedford Park Society has commissioned Nicholas Friend MA FRSA, to provide further insights into Bedford Park in two additional presentations for the Society. The first takes place on Wednesday 26 January and details of the next, planned for March, will be released shortly. Bedford Park, founded in 1875, is often seen as the world’s first garden suburb but it had precedents in estate, mill and retirement villages of the 18th and…

Thames Luminaries – Hogarth vs Everyone by John Collins

January 27 @ 8:00 am5:00 pm GMT

William Hogarth has been described as the father of English painting but over the course of his career he came into conflict with many people. This talk will explore some of Hogarth’s most high profile conflicts with contemporaries on everything from art theory to social campaigning and more. John Collins is the Senior Manager for Historic Houses at the London Borough of Hounslow and has overseen Hogarth’s House since it reopened to the public after a major refurbishment in 2011. See…

Wildlife Photography – Exposure and managing the light

January 27 @ 10:00 am4:00 pm GMT

Photographer Jackie Rado will guide you through a practical and hands on photography workshop which explores exposure settings and how to manage the light in wildlife photography. You'll look at the variables and how to cope with the ever-changing and often elusive winter light, as well as manual controls on the camera and how to create the perfect exposure. The day will begin with an introduction inside, before heading out into the WWT nature reserve. This course is suitable for…

Free Online Talk – From house to home: Mel Backe-Hansen’s guide to the 20s house

February 4 @ 2:00 pm GMT

Discover how our ancestors of 100 years ago led the way for transformation of housing across the country. After the First World War, there was a revolution of housing across Britain. The population demanded better housing for all, more investment into council housing, and changes to mortgages - all of which brought into play a much bigger rethinking of housing provision that would dominate the 1920s and extend into the 1930s. In this fascinating talk, Melanie Backe-Hansen, house historian and…

Workshops at Gunnersbury Park – Indigo Dyeing

February 6 @ 2:00 pm4:00 pm GMT

Join Jess Chan, a designer specialising in Printed Textiles and Natural dyes in exploring natural indigo vat dyeing using shibori (tie dye) resist techniques of folding, clamping, and gathering to create repeat patterns. At the end you’ll head home with your own hand dyed cotton tea towel. To find out more about Jess Chan, visit her website www.jesschantextiles.com Tickets £15 Book tickets: visitgunnersbury.org All events in Chiswick See our events listings for all events in Chiswick: whats-on-in-chiswick Support The Chiswick Calendar…

Arts Society Chiswick – The Imperial Easter Eggs of Carl Fabergé: after the Revolution

February 10 @ 8:00 pm GMT

Between 1885 and 1916, Carl Fabergé made fifty jewelled eggs – Easter presents from Russia’s last two emperors to their wives. Since the brutal murder of the last tsar and his family in a Siberian basement, these eggs have become the most famous surviving symbols of the Romanov Empire: both supreme examples of the jeweller’s art and the vulgar playthings of a decadent court. After going missing in the Revolution, most of the eggs re-emerged in the storerooms of the…

Online Talks – Love in the Archives at Gunnersbury Park

February 11 @ 6:30 pm GMT

Through archived photographs, receipts, letters, and cards, we can piece together love stories of those long gone.  From Beatrice Estelle Ashton’s teenage poetry, the flamboyant Valentine’s cards of Victorians to wedding photos old and new, join archivist Kathryn Rooke for a short talk sharing some of the love stories boxed-up in Gunnersbury Park Museum’s archive.  Tickets £7 Book tickets: visitgunnersbury.org All events in Chiswick See our events listings for all events in Chiswick: whats-on-in-chiswick Support The Chiswick Calendar The Chiswick Calendar CIC is a…

It’s a Wild Life – February Half-Term at London Wetland Centre

February 12February 20

Create some magical memories this half-term and treat the family to an adventure at The London Wetland Centre. Enjoy a creative outdoor experience, meet a wide array of thriving wildlife, and tackle a range of special hands-on activities. Children and family events this half-term: Mud Kitchen Give your young adventurers the chance to finally create their imaginary, culinary concoctions. The Mud Kitchen is a free-play activity that provides a healthy dollop of mud, pots & pans, and all the utensils…

Coppicing and pollard walk

February 12 @ 1:00 pm GMT

Trees are an integral part of the ecosystem at London Wetland Centre, providing benefits to wildlife and biodiversity. During the Centre’s creation more than 27,000 trees were planted. Now their team of wardens work hard to manage this essential habitat throughout the year. On this walk learn about the historic value of trees, how they’re managed here at the Centre and their value to us today as a haven for wildlife. Duration 1 hour, meeting Point: Courtyard Tickets Price: £10 per…

Barnes & Mortlake: A Walk Through the Centuries

February 13 @ 2:00 pm4:00 pm GMT

Join Blue Badge Tour Guide Chris Van Hayden and discover the rich history of these two pleasant towns on the River Thames’s Surrey bank. Olympic Studios, the Stag Brewery, the Mortlake Tapestry Works, the Royal Astrologer, Barnes Terrace & grand houses, the St Mary’s Churches, Burial Grounds & London's most extravagant tomb, the River Thames, the Boat Race & more… The group will meet between Olympic Studios and the church on Church Road, Barnes, SW13 9HL. The walk ends by…

Free Online Talk – The Tudor Socialite

February 18 @ 2:00 pm GMT

The Tudor period continues to enchant and mesmerise the world. Running the gamut of society occasions – from solemn marriages to sombre funerals, and decadent feasts to lavish large-scale gatherings – Jan-Marie Knights acts as a wallflower as she uncovers what life was like in the Tudor court. Documenting the social calendar of Tudor high society in a series of bite-sized chunks, you'll be immersed in the glamour, affluence and human drama of a gilded world and realm of flamboyant…

Free Online Talk – Top Level Tips: Using Discovery

February 22 @ 2:00 pm GMT

Join The National Archives online to learn our top tips for using Discovery, their online catalogue which allows you to download 100 free records a month. You will come away with all of the tools needed to make the most of the catalogue for your research, whether you are a new user or an experienced researcher. This webinar will be delivered by Sarah Castagnetti, Visual Collections Team Manager. What’s Online is a series of talks, in conversation events and webinars…

Small gardens in the time of Hogarth: a talk by Dr Sally Jeffery

February 22 @ 6:30 pm GMT

A look at gardens in the time of Hogarth by Dr Sally Jefferey, an Architectural and Garden Historian This talk will consider smaller gardens in London and its environs, with a focus mainly on the time of Hogarth and his contemporaries. Small gardens, like the one at Hogarth’s House, have been rather neglected by historians, who have tended to explore the stories of grander and larger gardens in town and country. However, modest plots cultivated by less wealthy people are…

Birds swimming at London Wetland Centre

Wildlife Photography Talk – Composition

February 25 @ 10:00 am4:00 pm GMT

Photograph the winter wildlife wonders of the wetlands with practical guidance and tuition from photographer Jackie Rado. Discover and learn about seasonal wildlife of the reserve and how to photograph it. This course takes a closer look at composition and the placement of subjects in your photography. You'll look at compositional examples and guidelines, as well as how to translate what you saw in your mind’s eye into a striking photographic image. The day will begin with an introduction inside,…

Kew Gardens lecture: The Rev. Thomas Birch Freeman — Victorian Botanist and Plantsman

February 28 @ 6:00 pm7:00 pm GMT

Discover a botanical and horticultural legacy that has been lost to time with the inspirational garden historian and presenter Advolly Richmond. This lecture takes us to Ghana where Advolly travelled in 2018 to uncover the fascinating life and legacy of Rev. Thomas Birch Freeman, an Anglo-African Victorian missionary, diplomat and botanist. Also available online, live and on demand In addition to her research, Advolly runs Introduction to Garden History courses for various organisations such as the National Trust and the University of Birmingham.  Tickets £3 Book tickets: eventbrite.co.uk All events…

Strawberry Thief Online Embroidery Course with Becky Hogg

March 1 @ 2:00 pm4:30 pm GMT
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In this three session online ‘Silk and Metal thread embroidery’ course join master embroiderer Becky Hogg to create the iconic Strawberry Thief thrush from one of Morris’s most popular designs. Embroidered in a variety of silk wrapped purls, fine wire purls and glossy cords, discover how to work with these specialist threads to produce texture and decorative surfaces. Learn how to make your own piece of the pattern and finish it off with a freshly stolen strawberry to complete the…

A history of printmaking & Hogarth’s place within it by Richard Roberts

March 1 @ 6:30 pm7:30 pm GMT

Printmaking was an important part of Hogarth’s artistic practice. But what is printmaking? Where does it originate from and what is printmaking like today? This fun talk by printmaking technician Richard Roberts, will do a broad sweep of printmaking through the ages, looking at amongst other things prehistoric handprints, Japanese fish rubbings and, of course, Hogarth’s prints and his legacy on printmaking today. This talk will be great for anyone who wants to know more about printmaking. Richard Roberts is a Printmaker…

Free Online Talk – National Treasures: Saving the Nation’s Art

March 2 @ 7:30 pm GMT

 Dr Caroline Shenton explores the gripping, and sometimes hilarious, story of how a band of heroic curators and eccentric custodians saved Britain’s national heritage during the Second World War. As Hitler prepared to invade Poland during the sweltering summer of 1939, men and women from across London’s museums, galleries and archives forged extraordinary and ingenious plans to send their collections to safety. Using stately homes, tube tunnels, slate mines, castles, prisons, quarries and even their own houses, a dedicated bunch…

What is History, Now? In conversation with Helen Carr and Suzannah Lipscomb

March 4 @ 2:00 pm GMT

Join Helen Carr and Suzannah Lipscomb in conversation about their latest book, What is History, Now?, a ground breaking collection of essays addressing the burning issue of how we interpret history today. Inspired by the influential text What is History? authored by Helen Carr's great-grandfather, E.H. Carr, What is History, Now? covers topics such as queer history, the history of faith, the history of disability, environmental history, the history of racism and anti-racism, escaping imperial nostalgia, hearing women's voices and 'rewriting' the past. Featuring…

Arts Society Chiswick – The Art of the Cartoonist

March 10 @ 8:00 pm GMT

In 'The Art of the Cartoonist' Harry will be tracing the history of his profession with examples from early practitioners like Cruickshank and Hogarth, to more contemporary artists such as Giles and Schulz, bringing events right up to date with cartoons produced fresh on the page that day! Yes, Harry will be drawing live. Prepare to hear some tricks of his trade, learn where to put eyebrows for maximum effect and discover exactly what the Eskimo brothers said in The…

Introduction to Freshwater Ecology

March 12 @ 10:00 am GMT

Think pond-dipping for grown-ups! This one-day workshop will introduce participants to the principles of freshwater surveying, with a focus on the aquatic invertebrates and flora found on our reserve. Suitable for beginners keen to understand the basic principles behind environmental surveying. Participants will spend most of the day out on the reserve doing practical work. Refreshments will be provided but attendees will need to provide their own lunches. Time: 10am (Duration 5 hours) Location: H20 Thames Water building at courtyard Tickets £50…

Researching your family history: Military sources

March 15 @ 2:00 pm GMT

Discover popular military records and how they can be used in your family history research. In this webinar, our experts will draw on collections held at The National Archives and explore how using these sources can enrich genealogical research and help develop your understanding of an ancestor’s time in military service. This webinar will focus on army records prior to the Second World War. This webinar is presented by Will Butler, Head of Military Records. What’s Online is a series…

Ealing Rises Up: Screening and Talk

March 23 @ 7:00 pm GMT

Join Gunnersbury Park and Museum to see the new film produced by Asia Ahmed and Narvir Singh. Including interviews and archive material (some from Gunnersbury Park Archives) the film tells the story of anti-racist activism in Ealing from the mid-1950s to the early 1990s. It features Eric Huntley and Gurinder Chadha amongst other people connected to the borough. After the screening, stay for a conversation with some of the contributors to discuss the impact and aftermath of the Southall riots…

Wildlife Photography – The Colours of Spring

March 26 @ 10:00 am4:00 pm GMT

A delight for the senses, London Wetland Centre looks at the colours which mark the arrival of Spring. This workshop examines the use of colour in nature photography and how to integrate colour into your composition for impact and effect. They also examine the nature of light and how to capture moving versus stationary subjects, covering key elements of exposure and how to light your subject. They also look at focal points and focal modes, as well as the details…

Free Online Talk – The 1920s: Radical Fashion

March 30 @ 7:30 pm BST

Dress historian Amber Butchart looks at radical fashion changes in the 1920s and some of the notable figures that helped to define the decade. Amber also explores the shifts that influenced the style of the era, from women’s political representation to Hollywood, sporting stars, and the avant-garde art movements that were shaping the modern world. What’s Online is a series of talks and events delivered by The National Archives' experts and special guests. Talks last approximately 30-40 minutes, followed by a…

William Morris in Oxford – A Walking Tour

April 6 @ 10:00 am5:00 pm BST

This day long walking tour of Oxford, led by Martin Stott and Jane Bingham, will include some of the places most associated with Morris as a designer and maker, and his later political engagement with the city. Lunch and any admission charges are extra. Full joining details will be confirmed a few days before the event. Please note: the walk will start promptly at 10am from a central location, which will be confirmed before the event. there is a significant…

Arts Society Chiswick – The Art of the Ballet

April 7 @ 8:00 pm BST

Originating in the Italian Renaissance courts in the C15th, Ballet came to the French court in 1533, when Catherine Medici an Italian noblewoman married the French King Henry II. A century later, King Louis XIV, a passionate dancer, popularised and standardised the art form and in 1661 he founded the Royal Academy of Dance, The popularity of ballet soared in Russia in the late C19th with Russian choreographers and composers taking it to new heights and in the early C20th,…

Arts Society Chiswick – The Borgias – the most infamous family in history

May 12 @ 8:00 pm BST

Murder, poison, corruption and incest: all perfect ingredients for sensational popular culture. But in an age known for its brutality and church corruption were the Borgias really so bad? This lecture reveals the real family that dominated the Papacy and Italian politics during the last decade of the C15th: the charismatic figure of Pope Alexander VI, living inside his sumptuously decorated apartments, the career of his son, Cesare - Cardinal, General, employer of Da Vinci and the model for Machiavelli’s…

Arts Society Chiswick – The GPO Film Unit: the Birth of Documentaries

June 9 @ 8:00 pm BST

Howard Smith has a background in Graphic Design, an art form for the 20C. His talk on  The birth of documentary films in the 1930’s is both nostalgic and entertaining. It will be lavishly illustrated by vintage film clips such as the experimental  Soviet era  Battleship Potemkin. In a mere seven years the GPO Film Unity produced 129 films, including the iconic Night Mail with poetry by WH Auden and music by Benjamin Britten. An extraordinary period which saw immense…

Arts Society Chiswick – A Picture a Day: Peggy Guggenheim and the Birth of Mid-Century Modernism

July 14 @ 8:00 pm BST

This lecture explores how the New York heiress, Peggy Guggenheim - the poor little rich girl - came to play such a pivotal role in the making of mid-century Modernism. Friends with so many cultural figures of the day – from Cecil Beaton to Scott Fitzgerald, Barbara Hepworth to Igor Stravinsky and so many more iconic artists. What prompted her to start collecting contemporary art in the 1930s? And what was the impact of her galleries in London and New York…

Arts Society Chiswick – Blenheim Palace: The Agony and the Ecstasy

September 15 @ 8:00 pm BST

One of the most well-known and admired historic buildings in England, Blenheim Palace is an uncompromising monument to English military ambition and one family’s self- importance. The story of its construction is a fascinating catalogue of excess and outrage, the result is both monstrous and utterly sublime – according to our lecturer this evening. The effect on the generations of Marlboroughs is revealing and within this ‘cauldron’ a Churchill was born – recently voted The Greatest Briton of All Time. This lecture…

Arts Society Chiswick – A Photographic Odyssey: Shackleton’s Endurance Expedition Captured on Camera

October 13 @ 8:00 pm BST

This lecture sets out to capture the achievements of Frank Hurley, one of the great photographers of the C20th. He accompanied Ernest Shackleton’s 3rd Antarctic expedition in 1914 on the ship Endurance. Which was trapped and eventually crushed by the pack ice. The crew camped on the ice for 5 months, they rowed to the remote Elephant Island and from there Shackleton sailed for help to South Georgia over 800 miles away returning to rescue his crew 3 months later. …

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