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Riverside Studios, Hammersmith – Book Club

July 30 @ 7:00 pm BST
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An event every month that begins at 7:00 pm on day Last of the month, repeating indefinitely

Literary conversations on the last thursday of each month. Go and meet like-minded book-loving souls to discuss books with affiliation to Riverside's heritage. In February there will be a discussion on The Buddah of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi who once worked there and in March the set reading is The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Attwood who held book launches there and is one of Riverside's Heritage Icons. Please bring along your own copy of the book or ebook. Book your…

Chiswick Book Festival

September 10September 14

The 12th Chiswick Book Festival will take place across the long weekend from September 10th to 14th 2020, with a few events in the days before and afterwards. It will be marking the 60th anniversary of the first production of The Caretaker – which Harold Pinter wrote while living in Chiswick, based on events at his flat in the Chiswick High Road. Lady Antonia Fraser and his biographer Michael Billington will share their memories of Harold Pinter with Festival director…

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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