Tracing Convict Lives from West London using the Digital Panopticon, 1780-1925

Old Bailey, September 1750

7.30pm, Monday 24 April 2017,
at the Chiswick Memorial Club,
Bourne Place, Chiswick, London W4

A presentation and demonstration by Bob Shoemaker, Professor of British History, University of Sheffield & co-founder of the Old Bailey Proceedings Online. The Digital Panopticon project is tracing the lives of 90,000 convicts sentenced at the Old Bailey to transportation or imprisonment. It is a collaboration between the Universities of Sheffield, Liverpool, Sussex, Oxford and Tasmania, funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council.

Life Afloat – Houseboat Residents on the Thames

7.30pm, Monday 20 March 2017,
at the Chiswick Memorial Club,
Bourne Place, Chiswick, London W4

Adrian Evans LVO, of the Thames Festival Trust, presents his film on the history of living on houseboats and introduces his current oral history project on boatyards from Chiswick to Teddington.
View the film on line

The History of Mortlake Crematorium

7.30pm, Monday 20 February 2017,
at the Chiswick Memorial Club, Bourne Place, Chiswick, London W4

An illustrated talk by Dr Brian Parsons, author of The London Way of Death. Opened in 1939, this was the first jointly-run municipal crematorium where tens of thousands of local families have commemorated their relatives and friends. The local authorities of Richmond, Barnes, Hammersmith and Acton joined forces from the start; the local authority for Brentford & Chiswick was initially involved, then withdrew before applying to join again in the 1940s.