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.

People, plans & plants: Capability Brown at Syon

7.30pm, Monday 16 January 2017,
at the Chiswick Memorial Club, Bourne Place, Chiswick, London W4

An illustrated talk by Susan Darling, independent researcher. She was the London Parks & Gardens Trust co-ordinator for the Capability Brown 300th anniversary in 2016 and is continuing to research Brown’s involvement in the landscaping of Syon Park.

Improving Chiswick 1858-1883

The Commissioners at their new sewage works, April 1879 (LB Hounslow Local Studies Collection)

7.30pm, Monday 21 November 2016,
at the Chiswick Memorial Club,
Bourne Place, Chiswick, London W4

An illustrated talk by Tracey Logan on the Chiswick Improvement Commission, our first modern form of local government.

Her recent MRes in Historical Research has covered the story of a body born at a time of extraordinary local change then killed off by angry ratepayers.