A number of Society members will be involved in talks and events during the summer:
Howard Simmons will be giving a talk on The Battle of Brentford on Sunday, 2 June. Howard was part of the team which worked on the interpretation of the battles of Brentford and Turnham Green in 2008, a joint project between the Battlefields Trust’s London group and this Society. His talk is part of a summer programme of talks at Syon House, which also includes Topher Martyn on 600 years of the Syon’s gardens on 16 June, and a talk about the Archaeology of Syon on 30 June. Full details available on 020 8560 0882 or www.syonpark.co.uk. All the talks start at 3pm in the House; you need to buy a House and Garden ticket to get in to hear them.
A number of our members are also Hounslow Heritage Guides, leading historical walks in Brentford, Chiswick and Isleworth from June to October 2013. The full programme is on their web-site. On 2 June a walk on Royal Connections with Isleworth & Syon will begin at 2.30pm.
Vanda Foster, Curator, and Val Bott, local historian, will be speaking at 3pm on Sunday, 2 June on the history of Gunnersbury’s gardens and on Patent Elms, Pineapples and Pears, the history of local nursery gardening in the Terrace Room of the Small Mansion in Gunnersbury Park. This is part of an all-day event called Gunnersbury Park: Garden of Surprises! for The Chelsea Fringe. There will be free activities, including Heritage Tree Walks with John Wells at 11am and 2pm, starting at the Museum entrance, a garden trail and the chance to meet “The Rothschilds’ Head Gardener”. Details from 020 8825 6787 or see www.chelseafringe.com/event/gunnersbury-park-garden-of-surprises
Made in Brentford is Brentford’s Family History & Local History Day at Brentford Library, a free event from 11am to 4.30pm, with displays, publications stalls and refreshments, all with the theme of local industries. There will be talks by Vanda Foster, Gunnersbury’s Curator at 11.30 and James Marshall, Local Studies Librarian, at 12.15.