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Farewell Griffin Park – The Fans’ Story

August 14December 31

As Brentford FC enters its first Premier League season, the Club will remember its past and the role of its fans and the local community. ‘Farewell Griffin Park- The Fans’ Story’ will be a special exhibition at the London Museum of Water & Steam, next door to the Brentford Community Stadium. It will be open throughout the Premier League season. The Brentford Supporters Trust ‘Bees United’ has teamed up with the Club to bring together a century of fan memories about the club’s…

Thursday Opera Lectures with Ross Alley

September 9 @ 2:00 pmDecember 9 @ 4:00 pm BST

Ross Alley was, for many years, a music lecturer for Birkbeck College (University of London). He has also given numerous guest lectures for the Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Wigmore Hall, the Wagner Society, the Gustav Mahler Society, and NADFAS. Following his series of online lectures 'Opera and Colour', Ross is excited to welcome guests back to his in person events at the Chiswick Memorial Club. For more information email rossalley@gmail.com Tickets: £10, pay on the door All events…

Free online talk – Recovery and Regeneration after the Great Fire of London (1666)

September 10 @ 2:00 pmOctober 8 @ 2:00 pm BST

On 2 September 1666, a fire began in the bakery on Pudding Lane. The fire spread rapidly across the city of London, resulting in the destruction of 13,000 homes, 87 churches, the Royal Exchange and St Paul’s Cathedral. Upon witnessing the scale of the destruction, the famous diarist Samuel Pepys lamented that it was the ‘most horrid malicious, flame’ that he had seen. How did seventeenth-century Londoners recover from disaster? This talk gives an insight into how devastation offered opportunity…

Underground Uncovered

September 23September 26

Explore the depot and uncover the hidden spaces below London's streets The TFL Acton Depot will be diving deep for all things Underground this autumn. Inspired by their award-winning Hidden London exhibition, and new Secrets of the Underground documentary – they will be exploring the stories of dark and hidden spaces that lie beneath London’s streets. Tickets: Adults £15, Children £7.50 Book tickets: ticketfeed.ltmuseum.co.uk All events in Chiswick See our events listings for all events in Chiswick: whats-on-in-chiswick Support The Chiswick…

Mudlarks and the Thames – Hands on History

September 25 @ 10:00 amSeptember 26 @ 5:00 pm BST

This highly interactive mudlarking exhibition showcases the collections of 20 mudlarks (10 on the 25th September and 10 on the 26th September). This is an opportunity to meet London’s mudlarks and see their collections that have been assembled over decades – the result of a passion that combines the meticulous approach of the archaeologist with love of stories of the historian. Mudlarks and the Thames is a great chance to come and find out what mudlarks have uncovered in the Thames…

William Morris House & Walking Tour

September 26 @ 2:00 pm4:00 pm BST

Join William Morris Society Curator Mallory Horrill and local Hammersmith mudlark Jason Sandy on a walking tour where they will explore William Morris’s love of the River Thames and his time spent living in Hammersmith (1878-1896). William Morris was greatly influenced by the natural world. Morris owned two homes along the River Thames and found inspiration for a number of his works from the Thames and other bodies of water. This walking tour will begin at Chiswick Pier Trust. Tickets…

Free Online Talk – Ethel Rosenberg: A Cold War Tragedy

September 29 @ 2:00 pm BST

A loving mother. A courageous idealist. The first woman in the US to be executed for a crime other than murder. On 19 June 1953, Ethel Rosenberg was electrocuted along with her husband for espionage on behalf of the Soviet Union, orphaning their two young boys. Regarded at the time by J. Edgar Hoover as the ‘trial of the century’, the story of her execution has a much more human side; a tale of a woman with dreams of becoming…

In conversation with Jane Cumberbatch

September 30 @ 6:00 pm8:30 pm BST

Join author and interiors stylist, Jane Cumberbatch in conversation with journalist and writer, Fiona McCarthy on Friday 30th September between 6-8.30pm. Together, they’ll discuss Jane’s latest book ‘Pure Style in the Garden’ and guests will have a chance to pitch their own questions, as well as have time to shop instore out of hours. Jane’s philosophy is all about making the most of what’s around you and finding beauty in the simple and everyday. Your ticket price includes a copy of ‘Pure Style in…

Online Lecture – Designing utopia – Norman Shaw and the architecture of Bedford Park

September 30 @ 7:30 pm8:30 pm BST

Norman Shaw, one of the most prominent and influential architects of his time, was appointed Estate Architect of Bedford Park in 1877 in the early stages of the development of its unique character. His designs — including houses, St Michael and All Angels Church and the Tabard Inn — set the tone for the estate, recognised internationally for its architectural importance. The Bedford Park Society’s autumn lecture will look at Bedford Park’s importance as a chapter in the Victorian house design revolution. Rather…

Free Online talk – Harry and Ethel: Unlikely Spies

October 8 @ 2:00 pm BST

Discover a fascinating story of spies, state secrets and the Soviet Union. Members of the Portland Spy ring, a notorious espionage case active at the height of the Cold War in the late 1950s to 1961, Harry Houghton and Ethel ‘Bunty’ Gee were far from archetypal spies. As part of a larger chain of agents, they were responsible for passing British intelligence to the Soviet Union via an underground trail from Dorset to London. In this illustrated talk, Principal Contemporary…

Chiswick House at Night

October 8 @ 6:00 pm10:00 pm BST

A rare opportunity to experience Chiswick House at night at this special evening of workshops and performances after dark. Reflect on consciousness with an artist and a physicist, make a bamboo fruit basket or blend your very own herbal tea. With live acoustic music in the House, followed by a DJ set by Peter Adjaye in our Garden Pavilion. Chiswick House will be opening it’s doors for the evening on 8 October. From 6pm, explore the House and experience their…

Autumn Steam Up at the London Museum of Water and Steam

October 9October 10

Discover the fascinating world of water and steam with tours, talks and hidden gems from our archives. Check back closer to the date to see which engines might be in steam and for more information. The Association of 16mm Narrow Gauge Modellers will also be back with their wonderful model steam locomotives! Tickets: Included with entry Book tickets: lmws.digitickets.co.uk All events in Chiswick See our events listings for all events in Chiswick: whats-on-in-chiswick Support The Chiswick Calendar The Chiswick Calendar…

A community of gardeners – Georgian nursery gardening families in West London

October 12 @ 6:30 pm7:30 pm BST

Join Gunnersbury Park and Museum for an online talk exploring the distinct history of west London’s horticulture. Join Val Bott, owner of nurserygardeners.com as she explores the distinct history of west London’s horticulture, including the gardening families who made their mark and the changing fashion in gardening from 1650 – 1800. Tickets £7 Book tickets: shop.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 community…

Free Online Talk – Women for peace: Greenham Common

October 13 @ 7:30 pm BST

Cardiff, 1981. A group of women with hand-made banners embark on a march of over one hundred miles to Greenham Common military base – all in the name of nuclear peace. This protest against nuclear missiles led to the establishment of camps that, for nearly two decades, drew women from all over the world, provided a place for female voices to be heard, and paved the way for future female activists. Women for Peace displays the incredible craftsmanship and powerful…

The Arts Society Chiswick – Cleopatra lecture

October 14 @ 8:00 pm9:30 pm BST

Cleopatra - images of a dream woman - Lucy Hughes-Hallett Cleopatra, the woman for whose love’s sake Antony is imagined to have given up the chance to rule the Roman world, has been inspiring painters, poets and (more recently) film-makers for over two millennia. Their gorgeously voluptuous depictions of her offer insights into changing concepts of beauty, and into the racial and sexual assumptions underlying them. Showing images ranging from Roman portrait busts, through medieval illuminations, the glorious works of…

Free Online Talk – Rethinking the Lives of Black Victorians

October 15 @ 2:00 pm BST

Discover stories of the Black British population and their lives within Victorian Britain. Even in recent years, there has been a noticeable lack of progression in Black History’s presence in British scholarship – there are multitudes of forgotten geographies of black men and women within Victorian society. In this enlightening talk, Caroline Bressey returns to the individuals she wrote about in her PhD and tells their stories in the context of the multi-cultural communities they lived and worked in. Especially…

Paula Rego and Hogarth: A Marriage a la Mode across the centuries by Colin Wiggins

October 19 @ 6:30 pm7:30 pm BST

The current Paula Rego exhibition at Tate Britain has received universal acclaim and she is now recognized as one of the most significant artists in the world today. With her work rooted in story-telling, she has often looked to Hogarth for her inspiration and is herself a collector of his prints. This talk by Colin Wiggins, a former curator at the National Gallery who has worked with Dame Paula on different exhibitions, will look at how the two artists are closely…

London Luminaries Lecture Series – Autumn-Winter 2021

October 20November 4

The London Luminaries is a group of historic organisations who collaboratively work together 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…

In conversation with Kate Summerscale: The Haunting of Alma Fielding

October 22 @ 2:00 pm BST

London, 1938. Alma Fielding - an ordinary young woman - begins to experience truly bizarre supernatural events in her suburban home. Nandor Fodor – a Jewish Hungarian refugee and chief ghost hunter for the International Institute for Psychical Research – begins to investigate the goings on. In doing so, he discovers a different and darker type of haunting: trauma, alienation, loss, and the foreshadowing of a nation’s worst fears. As the spectre of Fascism lengthens over Europe, and as Fodor’s…

Museum on the streets – Brunel, Bunnies, Locks and Lunatics

October 23 @ 11:00 am12:30 pm BST

Join Gunnersbury Park and Museum for a walk delivered by Ealing and West London Tour Guides. On this walk they will be looking at the first major engineering feat of the great Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, walking through a delightful park with a zoo and a maze, and learning about a major figure in rock and roll history. They'll also follow the Grand Union Canal, and pass the Hanwell Flight of locks and a large, pioneering mental hospital. Tickets:…

Diwali Masterclass Demonstration and Food Tasting

November 1 @ 6:30 pm8:00 pm GMT

Join Manju Malhi (TV Chef and cookbook author) for some traditional festive delights. Manju will show you how to prepare easy snacks and answer culinary queries and solve your curry conundrums while sipping chai. You’ll be able to sample the vegetarian dishes and have a fun 90 minutes in Gunnersbury Park's Historic Kitchens steeped in Victorian history. Tickets £15 Book tickets: shop.visitgunnersbury.org All events in Chiswick See our events listings for all events in Chiswick: whats-on-in-chiswick Support The Chiswick Calendar…

Symposium: The Kelmscott Press and Its Legacies

November 6 @ 10:00 am6:00 pm GMT

Keynote speakers: Dr Marcus Waithe (University of Cambridge), ‘Pocket Cathedrals: Craftsmanship, Architecture, and the Kelmscott Press’; Yoshiko Yamamoto (Arts & Crafts Press, Tacoma) The Kelmscott Press was Morris’s last great artistic undertaking. With the support and expertise of his friend and collaborator Emery Walker, Morris established a book printing operation near his home on the River Thames in Hammersmith. Morris’s respect for traditional craftsmanship, his search for perfection in design and his love of literature all came together in the…

The Arts Society Chiswick – Grayson Perry lecture

November 11 @ 8:00 pm9:30 pm GMT

Pots & Frocks – the world of Grayson Perry from Essex Punk Potter to Superstar National Treasure - Ian Swankie Widely known for his outlandish appearances dressed as his feminine alter ego, Claire, Grayson Perry is now a core part of the art establishment, a Turner Prize winner, Royal Academician, popular broadcaster and colourful character. He’s possibly one of the world’s best-known contemporary artists. His works of ceramics, textiles, tapestries and prints are highly sought after. Often controversial, he tackles…

Free Online Talk – The wedding of the century: Arthur and Katherine (1501)

November 12 @ 2:00 pm GMT

In November 1501, an extravagant ceremony took place that enthralled the nation and altered the course of English history. In an age when public perceptions of those in power were limited to how government touched everyday life, large and lavish state events were a way in which the common people could judge their leaders’ qualities in a very different light. The wedding of Katherine of Aragon to Arthur Tudor in November 1501 was the most spectacular royal wedding and public…

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

November 16 @ 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…

All the Kings’ Fools: Disability and the Tudors

November 17 @ 7:30 pm GMT

For centuries, disabled people and their history have been hidden in plain sight. Before the advent of modern medicine, any impairment, disease or frailty was often a matter of life and death. The treatment of disabled people reveals a great deal about periods throughout history and contemporary wider societies – join us in asking: What was done to support historical disabled populations? Very little on the infirm and mentally ill was written down during the Renaissance period and the Tudor…

West London Rocks! A Musical Tour of Chiswick

November 21 @ 11:00 am12:30 pm GMT

Join Gunnersbury Park and Museum for a circular tour exploring Chiswick's musical connections. On this musical history tour you'll pass the studios where the Rolling Stones and The Who recorded their last albums, visit the place where many a pop artist has their tracks mastered, find the headquarters of Island Records and see the home of the writer of A Hard Days Night. Not forgetting Liberace! You can read more about Chiswick's rich musical legacy here. Meet at Stamford Brook…

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…

Thames Luminaries – Hogarth vs Everyone by John Collins

January 27, 2022 @ 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…

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