Annual General Meeting, 7.30pm, 17 May 2021

Our Annual General Meeting will take place on-line on 17 May.  Please save the date!

The agenda and papers will be sent out directly to subscribing members only nearer the time to enable them to book their places. We are hoping to include a short talk after the business has been completed, but details of this have not yet been finalised.

When we met in person this was the occasion for distributing the Journal. We are pleased to report that issue no 30 is nearing completion and will be sent out by post after the meeting. Copies will also be made available for sale on the bookshop pages here by the end of May.

Pleasure Gardens & Pineapple Stoves, Val Bott, 22 April 2021

Pleasure Gardens & Pineapple Stoves: Gardeners at Chiswick House 1700-1850, Thursday 22 April at 6.30pm

This online talk by Val Bott is being promoted by the Chiswick House & Gardens Trust. To book a place please visit their website – tickets are free but the Trust welcomes donations when you book your place.

The talk will introduce you to the people who cared for the gardens at Chiswick House. Without them there would have been no fruit or vegetables for the household, no cutting flowers to grace the parlour and, above all, no-one to realise the proposals of Burlington, Kent and others. Such horticultural expertise gave landowners high status, but by the mid 19th century some of the gardeners had high reputations and status of their own.

Boston Manor Park – layers of landscape, David Stockdale, 19 April 2021

Detail from Rocque’s map, 1746

This online talk takes place at 7.30pm on Monday 19 April 2021.

Hounslow Council’s Head of Culture, David Stockdale, will talk about interpreting the history of the estate. Major restoration works are being implemented there with substantial grants for both the Park and the House from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Planning these has been informed by new historical research.

To book a place please email

Your details will be added to the list of participants and the Zoom link will be emailed to you the 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.


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