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.

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.