The History of the Great West Road, 7.30pm, 20 September 2021

For the start of our autumn programme, we offer an illustrated talk by James Marshall, Hounslow’s former Local Studies Librarian, who wrote the important 1995 book of the same title. This talk marks the centenary of the start of construction work on the road in 1921.

To book a place at this Zoom talk, please email

Your details will be added to the list of participants and the Zoom link will be emailed to you a day before the event. We have 100 places available, so if your plans change and you won’t be attending, please let us know beforehand. Then, if we have a waiting list, we can re-allocate your place.

Gunnersbury Park: the Place and the People, 6.30-7.30pm, 16 September 2021

This online talk is promoted jointly by Gunnersbury Park Museum and the Friends of Gunnersbury Park & Museum.

Val Bott and James Wisdom will present the story of the estate, which they recounted in their book of the same title, issued by Scala Publications in 2018 for the re-opening of the Museum after refurbishment. Their research revealed beautiful prints, drawings and photos from the Museum’s own collection, from the Rothschild Archive in London, from museums and galleries and from private collections and these will be shared in the talk.

Tickets cost £10 per person and should be booked in advance through the Museum website
Copies of the Scala book are available on the Society’s bookshop page and from the Museum at £6.95

Remembering the Chiswick V2, 8 September 2021

In 2004 the Society worked with members of the Battlefields Trust to create the black granite memorial in Staveley Road. This commemorates those who died when the first V2 rocket weapon to hit the UK landed there in 1944. A full account of the 2004 event is on the Society’s website. An information panel beside the memorial records details of the people who died there.

The Society marks the anniversary by laying a wreath of flowers at the exact time when the rocket exploded. You are welcome to join this year’s small ceremony at the memorial at 6.44pm on Wednesday 8 September.

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