Making a living from the Thames, 17 January, 2022

Making a living from the Thames in Brentford and Chiswick
an online talk at 7.30pm on Monday, 17 January 2022

For the first of our 2022 talks, James Wisdom, our Chairman, will present a revised version of the talk he gave to the 41st West London Local History Conference, with special emphasis on our area. He will demonstrate how important the river has been to the local economy in the past – for fishing and river transport, ferries and bridges, boat-building and sport.

As usual there will be no charge to join this event but you should reserve a place via Ticketsource here: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/booking/t-yrqako

Zoom details will be sent to ticket holders on the evening of Sunday 17 October; last minute ticketsavailable up to 30 minutes beforehand.

Christmas meeting, 7.30pm, 20 December 2021

an online meeting, 7.30pm, 20 December 2021

As we cannot meet face to face for our usual Christmas party with a quiz, we asked if any of our members had a local history topic on which they would like to give a short presentation. We are delighted to say that we will have a lively mixture of very varied contributions at our Christmas meeting.

Martin Daly has discovered an Italian family, the Pastorellis, who made barometers and scientific instruments and came to live in Victorian Chiswick

Giz Marriner has researched her family of Brentford watermen who lived on the waterfront just upstream of Kew Bridge in the first half of the 19th century

Nadege Forde Vidal is co-ordinating the Black Chiswick Through History research project at Chiswick House, to identify 18th and 19th black people living in the area

Adam Grounds has recently purchased for the Local Studies Collection a group of handsome ink drawings depicting unusual views of Brentford in 1905

Please use this Ticketsource link to book a free place: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/booking/t-dnnnzl
Zoom details will be sent to ticket holders on the evening of Sunday 19 December or early on Monday 20th; last minute tickets will be available up to one hour beforethe meeting.

10,000 Years of Brentford, Jon Cotton, 15 November 2021

10,000 Years of Brentford: the early history of a riverside town

an online talk at 7.30pm on 15 November

In this illustrated talk Jon Cotton will set the current excavations in the town into the wider context of decades of local archaeology. Jon is a freelance archaeological researcher who has undertaken excavations in Brentford in the past. He is also a trustee of the Thomas Layton Trust.

As usual there will be no charge to join this event but you should reserve a place via Ticketsource. Book your place here

Zoom details will be sent to ticket holders on the evening of Sunday 17 October; last minute tickets up to 30 minutes beforehand.

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