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Chiswick Pier – ‘The River’s Archaeological Tale’ A talk by archaeologist Josh Frost from the Thames Discovery Programme

January 28 @ 7:00 pm GMT

Explore the history and archaeology of the River Thames without having to get your feet wet. From the prehistoric to the present day, the Thames has been at the heart of London’s story. Twice a day from Erith in the east to Isleworth in the west, low tides reveals the archaeology of the foreshore, but with increasing erosion this archaeology is at risk. The Thames Discovery Programme is a community archaeology project dedicated to monitoring and recording the incredible archaeology…

Thursday Opera Lectures with Ross Alley – Ernani

January 30 @ 2:00 pm4:15 pm GMT

Ernani is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi, based on the play Hernani by Victor Hugo. Join Ross Alley for his lecture on the opera. 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. For more information contact: sara.turnbull40@gmail.com or call 07717 353183. Tickets are £10 on the door, tea or…

The National Archives – The Three Curses of Tutankhamun

January 30 @ 7:30 pm9:00 pm GMT

Tutankhamun lay in his tomb undisturbed until 1922, when British archaeologist Howard Carter and his wealthy patron, Lord Carnarvon, revealed him to the world. But the discovery of the century came with a price. Or rather three prices – the three curses of Tutankhamun: overwhelming popularity, damaging political blunders, and lingering ancient dark magic. This talk will be presented by Juliette Desplat, Head of Overseas, Intelligence and Security Records at The National Archives, alongside a document display. nationalarchives.gov.uk

The Upper Room Winter Lecture – Dame Darcey Bussell

January 30 @ 8:00 pm9:00 pm GMT

Torin Douglas will be in conversation with Dame Darcey Bussell, the retired ballerina and former judge on BBC dance Contest 'Strictly Come Dancing'. The event is free but donations are welcome. Lectures are from 8pm until 9pm. Refreshments will be available from 7.40pm. Donations welcome. The Upper Room’s vision is to support and improve the lives of vulnerable people in our community to make them more resilient and to help them make positive life choices. UR4Meals provides free evening meals…

The National Archives – Behind the Scenes Tour

January 31 @ 11:00 am12:30 pm GMT
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An event every month that begins at 11:00 am on day Last of the month, repeating until March 27, 2020

The National Archives are opening the doors of The National Archives' repositories to offer you the chance to go behind the scenes. Discover how they keep and maintain the record for future generations and explore some of the hidden gems in our collections. Tours last approx. 1 hour 30 minutes. Dates: 31 January, 11.00am - 12.30pm 28 February, 11.00am -12.30pm 27 March, 11.00am - 12.30pm Tickets nationalarchives.gov.uk

Thursday Opera Lectures with Ross Alley – Operatic Contrasts 3: Friendship and Rivalry

February 3 @ 2:00 pm4:30 pm GMT

Join Ross Alley for the second of third lectures on Operatic Contrasts. This lecture revolves around Friendship and Rivalry. 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. For more information contact: sara.turnbull40@gmail.com or call 07717 353183. Tickets are £10 on the door, tea or coffee and biscuits…

Chiswick Medical Centre – Parent Talk: When to worry and what’s normal

February 4 @ 6:30 pm8:00 pm GMT

Chiswick Medical Centre (part of HCA Healthcare UK), in partnership with The MotherHood, is inviting you and fellow mums to an important talk from Dr Elia Maalouf, general paediatrician, and Dr Anthi Thangarajah, consultant paediatric gastroenterologist, to learn “when to worry” if your little one isn’t feeling well. Dr Maalouf and Dr Thangarajah will be on hand to discuss their areas of expertise – answering questions you may have on fevers, rashes, vomiting, coughs and colds to tummy troubles, gut-related food…

The National Archives – Cholera! Public health in mid 19th century Britain

February 7 @ 2:00 pm3:30 pm GMT

The 1848-1849 cholera epidemic in England and Wales was described by a government report as if a “foreign army” had “held possession of the country, and slain 53,293 men, women and children”. In the mid-19th century the country faced an epidemic of filth; poorly drained, overcrowded towns created an environment ripe for diseases like typhus and cholera. In response, the government passed the Public Health Act of 1848, creating a General Board of Health to oversee sanitary measures throughout the…

George IV – Babble Talks: She Is Fierce; Amazing Female Writers That History Forgot

February 11 @ 11:00 am5:00 pm GMT

RECLAIM YOUR BRAIN ... BRING YOUR BABY! Babble Talks are daytime TED-style talks for parents, not about parenting. For parents and carers with babies under 1 year old. She Is Fierce: Amazing Female Writers That History Forgot Many female writers today are achieving the success they deserve but it has not always been that way. Anthologist Ana Sampson seeks out the hidden talent of female writers of the past. Who are these women and why do we not already know…

Thursday Opera Lectures with Ross Alley – Operatic Contrasts 4: Seduction and Rejection

February 13 @ 2:00 pm4:30 pm GMT

Join Ross Alley for the second of fourth lecture on Operatic Contrasts. This lecture revolves around Seduction and Rejection. 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. For more information contact: sara.turnbull40@gmail.com or call 07717 353183. Tickets are £10 on the door, tea or coffee and biscuits…

St. Nicholas Church – Talk: Chiswick’s Glebe Estate

February 13 @ 7:00 pm GMT

Urban historians Tracey Logan & Richard Szwagrzak will give a talk entitled : “To materially improve his mission': Revd Dale's benefice & Chiswick's mid-Victorian working class Glebe Estate (1866-1893), which will be a discussion of the genesis of Chiswick's Glebe Estate and its early development. Doors open at 6:30, refreshments will be available.

St Nicholas Church – Talk: ‘To materially improve his mission’: Revd Dale’s benefice & Chiswick’s mid-Victorian working class Glebe Estate (1866-1893)

February 13 @ 7:00 pm GMT

The next Friends event in St Nicholas Church, Church Street, W42PJ, will be a talk about the development of Chiswick's Glebe Estate, entitled "To materially improve his mission": Reverend Dale¹s benefice and Chiswick's Victorian working-class Glebe Estate (1866-1893)¹, to be given by local historians Tracey Logan and Richard Szwagrzak, at 7.00pm on Thursday 13 February . This is a most important chapter in the history of Chiswick and its housing stock, so the talk will be of considerable interest to…

The Arts Society Chiswick – The Field of Cloth of Gold: 6,000 Englishmen in France for 18 days – How did they do it?

February 13 @ 8:00 pm GMT

In June 1520 Henry VIII and Francis 1 met to ratify an Anglo-French alliance and celebrate the betrothal of Henry’s daughter Mary to the Dauphin. The two handsome ‘Renaissance Princes’ are in their 20’s with similar reputations in military prowess, sport and patrons of the arts.  Both have imperial ambitions and are eager to display themselves as magnificent nobleman and warrior kings.  Each brings an entourage of 6,000 to a field south of Calais for 18 days of various events…

Le Cercle Français – Talk: Le XXième siècle “dessiné” par Tintin

February 14 @ 7:00 pm GMT

The Cercle Français de Chiswick invites French speakers, Francophiles and students of all ages to come and listen to professionals speak on a variety of subjects. Today's talk will be on Le XXième siècle "dessiné" par Tintin by Thierry Viennois, come along at 6:30 there'll be time for a glass of wine and a chat before the talk begins at 7.00pm. Le cercle Francais Chiswick Admission: Annual membership Adult £35 Couple £50 Student £25 Talk’s non-membership £8, Student £5 New members…

The National Archives – ‘Hidden Love?’: LGBTQ+ lives in the archives

February 20 @ 7:30 pm9:00 pm GMT

“Yes, if to LOVE is to sin? We sinned.” The National Archives’ collections offer a valuable insight into how the government interacted with and viewed LGBTQ communities in the past, at a time when the State played a major role in repressing and controlling the lives of gay and bisexual men and women. This talk will take you through records relating to queer history, using photographs, court reports, witness statements and seized items to highlight both criminalisation and brave acts…

Thursday Opera Lectures with Ross Alley – Fidelio

February 27 @ 2:00 pm4:30 pm GMT

Join Ross Alley for a lecture on the opera Fidelio by Beethoven. 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. For more information contact: sara.turnbull40@gmail.com or call 07717 353183. Tickets are £10 on the door, tea or coffee and biscuits are included.

The National Archives – The rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell

February 27 @ 7:30 pm9:00 pm GMT

Diarmaid MacCulloch, Emeritus Professor of the History of the Church at the University of Oxford and Fellow of St Cross College, introduces his ground-breaking biography of Thomas Cromwell, the self-made statesman who married his son to King Henry VIII's sister-in-law, reshaped Tudor England and Ireland, and sent the kingdom on a Protestant course for centuries. In this talk, Diarmaid MacCulloch examines the myths that have developed around Cromwell’s career, some of them four centuries old, and discusses the personal, political…

The Upper Room Winter Lecture – John Humphrys

February 27 @ 8:00 pm GMT

The second event sees a reversal of roles for John Humphrys, the ‘feared inquisitor’ and presenter of the BBC Radio 4 Today programme for over 30 years. Asking the questions will be the journalist and broadcaster Julian Marshall. Lectures are from 8pm until 9pm. Refreshments will be available from 7.40pm. The event is free but donations are welcome. The Upper Room’s vision is to support and improve the lives of vulnerable people in our community to make them more resilient…

Thursday Lectures with Ross Alley – Der fliegende Hollander: Part 1

March 5 @ 2:00 pm4:30 pm GMT

Join Ross Alley for the 1st of 2 lectures on the opera Der fliegende Hollander by Wagner. 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. For more information contact: sara.turnbull40@gmail.com or call 07717 353183. Tickets are £10 on the door, tea or coffee and biscuits are included.

Thursday Lectures with Ross Alley – Der fliegende Hollander: Part 2

March 12 @ 2:00 pm4:30 pm GMT

Join Ross Alley for the 2nd lecture on the opera Der fliegende Hollander by Wagner. 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. For more information contact: sara.turnbull40@gmail.com or call 07717 353183. Tickets are £10 on the door, tea or coffee and biscuits are included.

The Arts Society Chiswick – 150 Years of London Underground Design

March 12 @ 8:00 pm GMT

Since its establishment 150 years ago as the world's first urban subway, the London Underground has continuously set a benchmark for design that has influenced transit systems from New York to Tokyo, Moscow to Paris and beyond. This lecture is based on Mark’s book London Underground by Design, which is a comprehensive history of one of the world's most celebrated design achievements, and of the visionaries who brought it to life. Beginning in the pioneering Victorian age, Mark charts the…

Le Cercle Français – Talk: Douce Creuse, cher pays de mon enfance

March 13 @ 7:00 pm GMT

Le Cercle Français de Chiswick invites French speakers, Francophiles and students of all ages to come and listen to professionals speak on a variety of subjects. Today's talk will be on Douce Creuse, cher pays de mon enfance by Maryse Wright, come along at 6.30 and there'll be time for a glass of wine and a chat before the speaker begins at 7.00pm. Le cercle Francais Chiswick Admission: Annual membership Adult £35 Couple £50 Student £25 Talk’s non-membership £8, Student £5…

Thursday Lectures with Ross Alley – Jenůfa by Janáček

March 19 @ 2:00 pm4:30 pm GMT

Join Ross Alley for the lecture on Jenůfa by Janáček. 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. For more information contact: sara.turnbull40@gmail.com or call 07717 353183. Tickets are £10 on the door, tea or coffee and biscuits are included.

The National Archives – Victoria and Albert: myth and reality

March 19 @ 7:30 pm9:00 pm GMT

Victoria and Albert have one of the most famous marriages in history, one often seen through the lens of Victoria’s excessive grief after Albert’s death. But was everything as it appears in hindsight? And was Victoria’s ultra-widowhood born of grief or guilt? Join Daisy Goodwin, writer of the highly popular ITV historical drama Victoria, in this compelling talk that uses research from our archives to reveal the truth of their relationship. This talk includes a document display and book signing. Tickets…

The National Archives – Margaret Thatcher: the paper trail

March 20 @ 2:00 pm3:30 pm GMT

The handwritten comments found in the margins of Prime Ministers’ memoranda and letters (‘marginalia’) can reveal fascinating insights into their personality and approach to the job. This talk will examine the forthright personality and style of Margaret Thatcher during her premiership, as revealed in the public records held by The National Archives. Mark Dunton, Principal Contemporary Records Specialist at The National Archives, will present this talk alongside a document display. Buy tickets here

Thursday Lectures with Ross Alley – Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky

March 26 @ 2:00 pm4:30 pm GMT

Join Ross Alley for the lecture on Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky. 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. For more information contact: sara.turnbull40@gmail.com or call 07717 353183. Tickets are £10 on the door, tea or coffee and biscuits are included.

The Upper Room Winter Lectures – Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen

March 26 @ 8:00 pm GMT

The final lecture offers a revealing look into British theatre and the first 115 years of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen, Chairman of RADA, will be interviewed by the actor and RADA graduate Graham Seed. Lectures are from 8pm until 9pm. Refreshments will be available from 7.40pm. The event is free but donations are welcome. The Upper Room’s vision is to support and improve the lives of vulnerable people in our community to make them more…

The Arts Society Chiswick – Raphael: a Master in the Making (2020 marks 500th Anniversary of his death

April 2 @ 8:00 pm BST

Raphael is often referred to as one of the three giants of the High Renaissance in Italy, alongside Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, yet his fame and position in the canon of art history may seem hard to explain. He made no discoveries like those of his celebrated rivals: although undoubtedly a draughtsman of exceptional talent he made no great progress in the fields of anatomy, science and construction nor did he share the wide-ranging talents which Leonardo and Michelangelo…

Thursday Lectures with Ross Alley – St. John Passion by Bach

April 3 @ 2:00 pm4:30 pm BST

Join Ross Alley for the lecture on the opera St. John Passion by Bach. 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. For more information contact: sara.turnbull40@gmail.com or call 07717 353183. Tickets are £10 on the door, tea or coffee and biscuits are included.

Le Cercle Français – Talk, Simone de Beauvoir: une femme engagée

April 17 @ 7:00 pm BST

Le Cercle Français de Chiswick invites French speakers, Francophiles and students of all ages to come and listen to professionals speak on a variety of subjects. Today’s talk will be on Simone de Beauvoir: une femme engagée by Annie Kean come along at 6.30 and there’ll be time for a glass of wine and a chat before the speaker begins at 7.00pm. Le cercle Francais Chiswick Admission: Annual membership Adult £35 Couple £50 Student £25 Talk’s non-membership £8, Student £5 New members are…

Le Cercle Français – Talk: Notre-Dame de Paris

May 1 @ 7:00 pm BST

Le Cercle Français de Chiswick invites French speakers, Francophiles and students of all ages to come and listen to professionals speak on a variety of subjects. Today’s talk will be on Notre-Dame de Paris by Laurence Bish come along at 6.30 and there’ll be time for a glass of wine and a chat before the speaker begins at 7.00pm. Le cercle Francais Chiswick Admission: Annual membership Adult £35 Couple £50 Student £25 Talk’s non-membership £8, Student £5 New members are always welcome.…

The Arts Society Chiswick – The Other Side: Counter Memorials – Germany’s post-WWII Culture of Apology & Atonement

May 14 @ 8:00 pm BST

In these years of World War 2 anniversaries the subject of this talk is hugely relevant. Relatively little is known in this country about Germany’s complex post-war process of remembrance and the counter memorial movement that started there in the 1980s and continues to this day. Germany’s very specific situation rendered all traditional concepts of monuments and memorials irrelevant and inappropriate. Instead of commemorating their own losses German artists looked to creating art forms that would respond to questions of…

Le Cercle Français – Talk: Manon Lescaut, sphinx étonnant!

May 29 @ 7:00 pm BST

Le Cercle Français de Chiswick invites French speakers, Francophiles and students of all ages to come and listen to professionals speak on a variety of subjects. Today’s talk will be on Manon Lescaut, sphinx étonnant by Emilie Capulet, come along at 6.30 and there’ll be time for a glass of wine and a chat before the speaker begins at 7.00pm. Le cercle Francais Chiswick Admission: Annual membership Adult £35 Couple £50 Student £25 Talk’s non-membership £8, Student £5 New members are always…

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

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…

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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