B&CLHS Lecture programme, 2011

17 January 2011
Lesley Blanch and the Run-Away Game: a talk by Anne Boston, author of Lesley Blanch: Inner Landscapes, Wilder Shores, tracing the romantic traveller’s early life in Chiswick and Richmond; the paperback, launched in January 2011, was on sale.

21 February 2011
Gunnersbury Park: a Rothschild house 1835-1925, an illustrated lecture by Diana Davis based on her recent MA thesis, exploring the significance and style of the Large Mansion and its use both as a home and for glamorous entertaining.
A joint event with the Friends of Gunnersbury Park & Museum

21 March 2011 This talk postponed until 19 September 2011:
A Hive of Industry
Vanda Foster, Curator of Gunnersbury Park Museum, explores her current exhibition, highlighting some famous products made in Brentford and Chiswick

but in its place: Peter and Carolyn Hammond on the History of Christ Church Turnham Green and James Wisdom on History from a skip – what was in the tin trunk?

18 April 2011
Strawberry Hill House and Horace Walpole
An illustrated lecture by Michael Snodin, Chairman of the Strawberry Hill Trust and curator of the 2010 exhibition on Walpole at the Victoria & Albert Museum

16 May 2011
Annual General Meeting
Journal 20
was issued at the meeting. Copies were posted to members unable to collect their copy in person and also available to buy on the bookshop page. Three short talks followed the business meeting: Janet McNamara on Robert Richard Bignell (d 1888), a Brentford Councillor who lived at Stile Hall, Peter Hammond the proposals for Chiswick House grounds made by a young Lewis Kennedy in his Notitiae of 1814 and Val Bott on the 1617 will of Richard Griffin, a Chiswick Gentleman.

23 July 2011
Summer Outing, Three significant local history museum projects

The museums in Barking, Romford and Chelmsford are either new or recently-refurbished, two with Heritage Lottery Fund money; they can help us plan the future of our local museum at Gunnersbury. Full details overleaf. Tickets cost £30 to include coach fare, admission fees, lunch and tea. The coach leaves at 8.45am from Heathfield Terrace/Chiswick Main Post Office, returning about 7.30pm.

19 September 2011
A Hive of Industry
The Curator of Gunnersbury Park Museum, Vanda Foster, explored the museum’s current exhibition, highlighting some famous products made in Brentford and Chiswick

17 October 2011
Layton’s Legacy: 100 Years on
Jon Cotton, formerly of the Museum of London, presentedan illustrated talk about Thomas Layton (1819-1911) and some other antiquarian collectors of his time, marking the centenary of Layton’s death

21 November 2011
Daniel Burford, Sutton Court and 18th century farming in Chiswick, an illustrated talk by James Wisdom based on recent research using Burford’s probate inventory

19 December 2011
Christmas Meeting
Our usual annual get-together over seasonal food and drink and a rather difficult local history picture quiz

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