Programme for 2018

15 January 2018, 7.30pm
“Almost her Creation” – the lost wings of Chiswick House
Discover how Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, transformed Lord Burlington’s compact Palladian villa into an elegant, comfortable home, with Esme Whittaker, the English Heritage curator responsible for interiors at Chiswick House and Marble Hill.

19 February 2018, 7.30pm
Medieval treasure in the Thames: accident, rubbish or ritual?
John Clark, formerly a Museum of London curator, considers why the 2,600 Thames objects in its collection – ranging from Anglo-Saxon spearheads from Brentford to pilgrim badges from the City – were deposited in the river.

19 March 2018, 7.30pm
Gunnersbury Park: the Place and the People
A talk by James Wisdom and Val Bott, using more than 60 images, some newly discovered, and the recent research which will appear in their forthcoming Scala Publications book on the history of the Gunnersbury estate.

16 April 2018 7.30pm
Creating the Chiswick Timeline
An illustrated talk by Karen Liebreich and Sarah Cruz, project co-ordinators from Abundance London, about the new murals under the Turnham Green Station bridge. The initial idea became an ambitious project supported by a concertina-style publication with all the maps and images, postcards of the illustrations and lively community activities, creating a ceramic model of Chiswick and a needlework map. All are welcome

21 May 2018, 7.30pm
Annual General Meeting
After the business meeting the Brentford & Chiswick Local History Journal 27 will be available for members to collect, then copies will be posted to those unable to attend. We hope also to present a few short members’ papers with recent research