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 31st edition of our Journal in May 2022 and this will be posted to all members.

Monday 17 January 2022
Making a living from the Thames in Brentford & Chiswick
James Wisdom, our chairman, presents a revised version of the talk he gave to the 41st West London Local History Conference, with a special emphasis on our area, showing how important the river has been to the local economy in the past – such as fishing and river transport, ferries and bridges, boat-building and sport.

Monday 21 February 2022
The impact of the Great War on health and housing in Brentford
Dr Alison Appleby‘s recent research reveals how the Great War brought about changes in the lives of local people. A local resident since 1985, her long career, teaching history, politics and related subjects, includes over 20 years as an Open University tutor. She currently teaches at the City Lit.

Monday 21 March 2022
Perry, Monk & Billings: three local men who voyaged with Captain Cook to the far side of the world, 1768-1780
Phil Philo knows our area because he was Curator at Gunnersbury Park Museum in the 1980s. His wide-ranging knowledge of Cook’s journeys in the 18th century comes from his work managing the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum in Middlesbrough 2002-17 and a voyage on the replica of the Endeavour in 2003

Monday 25 April 2022
Black Chiswick through history
Nadege Forde Vidal is leading the volunteer research team on the Black Chiswick Through History project at Chiswick House. She will share some of their findings, revealing the hidden histories of 18th and 19th century black people who lived and worked at Chiswick House and nearby.

Monday 16 May 2022
Annual General Meeting and a short talk on some Chiswick houses
The business meeting will review the year and receive the financial report. A short talk will follow: The Hartington Park Estate: Histories of a row of 1890s houses in Hartington Road, Chiswick, in which Val Bott will share her recent study of past owners of these suburban homes and the changes made to the buildings over 125 years. Issue 31 of the Journal 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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