Current programme 2021

As it looks as though we will not be able to meet face-to-face during the spring programme months, we will continue with talks on the internet using Zoom. We apologise to those members who don’t use computers or smartphones and so cannot enjoy the sessions. If the regulations allow it, our best suggestion is to try to find a friend nearby with whom to view the talks. But we have been delighted that so many of you have been able to take part, and it has been fun to see some of our members who live away from London (in one case, Australia!). We will publish the 30th edition of our Journal in May 2021 and this will be posted to all members.

We hope you will continue to pay your subscriptions which fall due on 1 January 2021. If a form is enclosed with this programme, your subscription has expired; if there is no form, your subscription is up to date. Make sure we have a current email address so we can send an invitation to each Zoom talk.

Monday 18 January 2021
The Brentford Flood, January 1841
An illustrated talk by Val Bott, marking the 180th anniversary of this disaster and describing how the community coped with it. Val’s book Flood! won the LAMAS Local History Publications Award in 2003

Monday 15 February 2021
The Mourning & Funeral of Sir John Maynard of Gunnersbury
James Wisdom reveals details of the elaborate arrangements made after Sir John Maynard’s death in 1690, for official mourning and a heraldic funeral. This is an extended version of the illustrated talk given at the West London Local History Conference in November 2020

Monday 15 March 2021
The London Routemaster bus – designed in Chiswick

Lifelong transport enthusiast David Shailes presents a brief history of these iconic vehicles. He edits the quarterly magazine of the Route-master Owners’ & Operators’ Association, is restoring his own Routemaster and works for Redroutemaster of Brentford

Monday 19 April 2021
Boston Manor Park – layers of landscape

Hounslow Council’s Head of Culture, David Stockdale, will talk about interpreting the history of the estate and the lottery-funded restoration works which have begun to be implemented there, relating to both the Park and the mansion

Monday 17 May 2021
Annual General Meeting

The agenda and papers will be sent out directly to subscribing members only nearer the time to enable them to book their Zoom 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.

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