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Free online talk – Becoming British!

August 6 @ 2:00 pm3:00 pm BST

The National Archives holds records of over a quarter of a million naturalisations which took place between 1844 and 1980. In this talk, they delve into the reasons why people took the decision to naturalise so they could celebrate becoming British, including their touching personal stories. Find out about entertainment pioneers, Lew Grade and Bernard Delfont, and their role in redefining post-war Britain’s cultural identity. Discover why US author Henry James decided to become British in July 1915, at the…

Museum on the Streets – Ealing: Queen of the Suburbs

August 7 @ 11:00 am12:30 pm BST

Join Gunnersbury Park and Museum for a walk delivered by Ealing and West London Tour Guides. Beginning at Ealing Broadway station, the group will explore central Ealing, long known as the Queen of the Suburbs. You’ll hear about Ealing Studios and its famous film industry connections and about one of Ealing's gems, Pitzhanger Manor, Sir John Soane's elegant country home. You’ll also discover a tiny club that changed the face of rock and roll and locations which featured television's most…

Online talk – A materialist’s paradise: William Morris and the Kelmscott Press

August 7 @ 6:00 pm7:00 pm BST

In the 1891 review of News from Nowhere “A Materialist’s Paradise,” Martin Hewlett charged William Morris with “exaggerat the dependence of human nature upon its environment,” and complained that Morris presents “the conditions of human welfare physical” (819). In this lecture Dr Elizabeth Miller will consider Kelmscott Press as Morris’s true “materialist paradise,” the creative project that most fully expresses his refusal to relegate the natural world to the debased category of the profane. Focusing especially on the materials from which…

Emery Walker, Arts & Crafts and the Cotswolds

August 11 @ 7:00 pm BST

Emery Walker was born and bred a Londoner, but he maintained close links with the countryside, ranging from the houses his wife, Mary Grace, would stay at for her health, his travels abroad, and, especially, the Cotswolds It was through his friendships with William Morris, Philip Webb, and with younger members of the Arts and Crafts Movement, such as Ernest Gimson and Sidney Barnsley, who had moved to Sapperton, near Cirencester in the 1890s. In 1922 Walker took the lease…

Free online talk – In Their Own Write: Punishing the Victorian Pauper Complainer

August 13 @ 2:00 pm3:00 pm BST

Uncover how paupers easily found themselves disciplined or 'punished' for writing letters of complaint about how they were treated by local poor law authorities. Conceptually, the new workhouse buildings were built as disciplinary structures (high walls, locked doors, segregated areas etc.) which displayed the visible administrative power of the New Poor Law. The history of the New Poor Law, and the iconic workhouse in particular, abounded with rumoured punishments. Contemporary reports proliferated with allegations of near starvation (or actual starvation),…

Free online talk – Inheritance

August 18 @ 7:30 pm8:30 pm BST

Heiress Mary Davies, born in London during the Great Plague of 1665, inherited an extensive plot of land west of London as a baby. It was this estate that determined the course of a tragic life. In this talk, author Leo Hollis restores the history of child brides, mad heiresses, religious controversy and shady dealings. Hollis recounts how the drama culminated in a court case that determined not just the state of Mary’s legacy but the future of London itself.…

Museum on the streets – Hidden Chiswick

August 21 @ 11:00 am12:30 pm BST

Join Gunnersbury Park and Museum for a walking tour delivered by Ealing and West London Tour Guides. Starting at Turnham Green you will hear about the history of Chiswick, learn about one of the “Healthiest Place in the World” to live, discover a famous Civil War Battle, the creator of Sanderson Wallpaper and meet one of England’s most famous 18th century artists. On our way you will see a music venue once known as the Cave, one of George Gilbert Scott’s…

Gunnersbury Tree Walk

August 21 @ 2:00 pm4:00 pm BST

Join Gunnersbury Park and Museum for a fun, informative walk on Gunnersbury's trees. Local Naturalist, John Wells will give an introduction on how to identify a particular species of tree upon sight and also to learn a few tips such as where a particular chosen specimen is native and it's uses, not only to us but other wildlife. Guests are advised to bring a notebook, pen and binoculars with a x10 lens if available. Tickets: £10 Book tickets: shop.visitgunnersbury.org All…

Free online talk – Top level tips: Tracing your criminal ancestors

August 24 @ 2:00 pm3:00 pm BST

Did one of your ancestors end up on the wrong side of the law? This webinar will give an overview of the criminal records The National Archives holds and how to search them. From trial and conviction to imprisonment and pardon, in just 30 minutes they'll show how 19th and early 20th century criminal records can be used to build a fuller picture of your ancestor’s life. This webinar will be presented by Chris Day Head of Modern Domestic Records…

Micro greens and winter growing with Chiswick House gardeners – workshop

September 4 @ 10:30 am11:30 am BST

Take part in Chiswick Flower Market's first anniversary weekend by learning about vegetable and salad growing with the gardeners from Chiswick House. You think it’s all over – it’s not! There’s plenty that can be grown ahead of the winter months, for harvest now and into next year. They show how to sow, prick out and pot on great salads and vegetables. Ticket price includes all materials, which budding gardeners will be able to take away and put on their…

Chiswick Book Festival 2021 – Palace of Palms: Tropical Dreams And The Making of Kew

September 4 @ 12:00 pm BST

In her acclaimed book, now out in paperback, cultural historian Kate Teltscher tells the human story of the iconic Palm House at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and the men who conceived, realised and maintained it. This session is a special collaboration with the Chiswick Flower Market, which is celebrating its first anniversary with a weekend of special events. Come to the talk on Saturday September 4th, then visit the market on Sunday 5th. Chiswick has a venerable gardening heritage.…

Chiswick Book Festival 2021 – Local Authors Party

September 7 @ 7:00 pm9:00 pm BST

On the eve of the Festival, Torin Douglas and Jo James showcase the wealth of local talent that Chiswick has to offer. 20 authors each have just two minutes to speak about their book, making this a fast-paced, fun and fascinating evening. Presentations are expected to start at 7.15pm, with doors opening at 6.45pm. The following authors will take part (watch here for additions): Kim Ansell (Frederick the Fox), Zoe Antoniades (Cally and Jimmy), Helen Batten (The Improbable Adventures of Miss Emily Soldene: Actress, Writer, and Rebel Victorian), Nicholas Bromley (Stage Ghosts…

Chiswick Book Festival 2021

September 9September 15

The Chiswick Book Festival brings together top authors and their readers for a week of history, poetry, biography, creative writing, fiction, thrillers, gardens, food, wine, politics and children’s books. It started in 2009 with speakers including Lady Antonia Fraser, Anthony Horowitz, Jacqueline Wilson, Lynn Barber and Michael Frayn and has kept up the same high calibre of speakers ever since – Top 10 Things to Do In Chiswick. Plans are well underway for this year’s Festival, which is intended to be held in person, subject…

Chiswick Book Festival: The Mitford Sisters, Chiswick and the Pursuit of Love

September 9 @ 6:00 pm BST

The 13th Chiswick Book Festival will open in the Garden Pavilion, Chiswick House & Gardens, with a panel discussing our fascination with the Mitford Sisters and their connections with Chiswick. Emily Mortimer, writer/director of the BBC series The Pursuit of Love, will speak from New York. Jessica Fellowes will discuss her best-selling ‘Mitford Murders’ and Bridget Osborne, editor of The Chiswick Calendar, will explore the Chiswick connections of Nancy Mitford and her sisters. Chaired by Jane Thynne (Widowland). Supported by The Arts Society Chiswick. Tickets:…

Children’s Book Festival 2021

September 10September 12

Chiswick's Children's Book Festival is returning this year for a series of in person talks, performances and interactive classes. A part of the wider Chiswick Book Festival, this event brings together top authors and their readers for a week of history, poetry, biography, creative writing, fiction, thrillers, gardens, food, wine, politics and children’s books. See the full schedule below. Friday 10 September Prize Giving – Young People’s Poetry Competition, followed by Clare Balding: Fall Off, Get Back On, Keep Going Writer and broadcaster Clare Balding will present…

Chiswick Book Festival 2021 – Friday

September 10

The Chiswick Book Festival brings together top authors and their readers for a week of history, poetry, biography, creative writing, fiction, thrillers, gardens, food, wine, politics and children’s books. It started in 2009 with speakers including Lady Antonia Fraser, Anthony Horowitz, Jacqueline Wilson, Lynn Barber and Michael Frayn and has kept up the same high calibre of speakers ever since. Friday schedule: 4:30-5pm: Poetry Competition Prize Giving Clare Balding will present the prizes for the 11th Chiswick Book Festival Young…

Chiswick Book Festival 2021 – Saturday

September 11

The Chiswick Book Festival brings together top authors and their readers for a week of history, poetry, biography, creative writing, fiction, thrillers, gardens, food, wine, politics and children’s books. It started in 2009 with speakers including Lady Antonia Fraser, Anthony Horowitz, Jacqueline Wilson, Lynn Barber and Michael Frayn and has kept up the same high calibre of speakers ever since. Saturday schedule highlights: 10am: The Duke of Windsor: Traitor King – Andrew Lownie Historian Andrew Lownie discusses the revelations in his book which…

Chiswick Book Festival 2021 – Fine Fiction at The Chiswick Cinema

September 11 @ 11:30 am BST

On Saturday 11 September new venue The Chiswick Cinema will be hosting some of the best of fine fiction to come out this year: 11:30am: Susan Spindler – Surrogate Documentary filmmaker Susan Spindler talks about her acclaimed first novel, Surrogate, examining sensitive issues of ageing, fertility and motherhood. Interviewed by Julia Langdon 1.30pm: Cathy Rentzenbrink – Everyone Is Still Alive Cathy Rentzenbrink discusses her stunning first novel, Everyone Is Still Alive, a story of grief, working motherhood, envy, fear and status – and also friendship, community…

Chiswick Book Festival 2021 – Sunday

September 12

The Chiswick Book Festival brings together top authors and their readers for a week of history, poetry, biography, creative writing, fiction, thrillers, gardens, food, wine, politics and children’s books. It started in 2009 with speakers including Lady Antonia Fraser, Anthony Horowitz, Jacqueline Wilson, Lynn Barber and Michael Frayn and has kept up the same high calibre of speakers ever since. Sunday schedule highlights: 10:15-11am: Chitra Soundar – Nikhil and Jay Listen to author Chitra Soundar tell a story from the Nikhil and…

Chiswick Book Festival 2021 – Hogarth: Life in Progress by Jacqueline Riding

September 13 @ 7:00 pm BST

Jacqueline Riding has written a major new biography of Chiswick’s most famous son, the great painter, engraver and satirist William Hogarth. Where better to discuss it than the new Weston Studio at Hogarth’s House? She is interviewed by Val Bott, chairman of the William Hogarth Trust. “This is a special book that drops you heart first into Hogarth’s world – like the great man’s canvasses, it is full of richness, originality and considered humour, unafraid to shock with thrilling new insight” – Dr…

The Arts Society Chiswick – contemporary sculpture and the public space lecture

September 16 @ 8:00 pm9:30 pm BST

Fresh Encounters: contemporary sculpture and the public space - Anna Moszynska The role of sculpture has changed substantially in recent times. Anna Moszynska looks at how the concept of monument and memorial, familiar since classical antiquity, has shifted towards other concerns. Sculpture now plays a vitally important role in terms of site in the city. The idea of the sculpture park came into being in Britain in the mid-20th century, thanks to the efforts of Sir Henry Moore, and has…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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