Events Calendar

October 1st 2019 The Gardens at Hampton Court Palace
Terry Gough will be speaking to us on the historical trends in gardening which have been reflected in the Hampton Court gardens, his team’s work in researching the gardens and their development, and the decision-making process when they decide to change the gardens around. Terry is an excellent speaker and the evening promises to be fascinating.

Speaker: Dr. Terry Gough, Head of Gardens and Estates at Historic Royal Palaces.

November 12th 2019 Lions, Leopards and Unicorns
The Royal Coats of Arms have changed enormously over the years and Lions, Leopards and Unicorns are among the animals that have appeared on them. Stephen Chater will be discussing how these coats of arms have developed and what factors in different historical periods have influenced their design.

Speaker: Stephen Chater, City of London Guide and Lecturer.

December 3rd 2019 Art Deco
Mark Lewis returns for the next chapter in his talks about art movements in the 19th and 20th centuries. Art Deco was an international movement which first appeared in France before the First World War. In its heyday the movement represented a truly international style of living that was marked by glamour and luxury and its influence still affects many aspects of our lives today.

Speaker: Mark Lewis, Artist and lecturer.

January 7th 2020 AGM & New Year Party
Our Annual General Meeting will be followed by our New Year party and a light-hearted filler.



February 4th 2020 Eavesdropping on High-ranking German Prisoners of War
High-ranking German military prisoners were housed in luxury at Trent Park in North London during the War. What they didn’t realise was that all their conversations were being bugged and the information gained proved to be vitally important to the British war effort. Helen Fry will relate the story of the happenings at Trent Park.

Speaker: Helen Fry, Historian and Author.

March 3rd 2020 Charles Hanson
Television antiques expert and well-known auctioneer Charles Hanson will offer his ‘Tales of an Auctioneer’ to the audience, with stories of exciting finds and his experiences working in television – Bargain Hunt and the Antiques Road Trip, interspersed with humorous anecdotes of things that have happened along the way.

Speaker: Charles Hanson, Auctioneer and Antiques Expert.

April 7th 2020 Picasso – Success and Scandal
Ronnie Ireland will be talking about the multi-talented artist Pablo Picasso. Picasso was one of the most influential artists of the 20th century – lauded for his art – but also known for his avant-garde lifestyle and his tempestuous relationships with many women. This should be a lively talk about one of the outstanding personalities of the last century.

Speaker: Ronnie Ireland, Artist and Lecturer.

May 5th 2020 Bushy House
Bushy House is a nearby Grade II listed building that was originally built in 1663 and then rebuilt in 1714. It was the home of William IV and later his widow. It is a beautiful period house that was given over to the National Physical Laboratory in 1902. Tony Drake is going to tell us about its history.

Speaker: Tony Drake, Lecturer.

June 2nd 2020 Garden Follies
Cherrill Sands will be talking about Garden Follies. They first became popular in French and English gardens in the late 1600s and their appeal continues to this day. From Roman temples to Oriental pagodas, follies come in all shapes and sizes and today they still enhance the gardens they are in.

Speaker: Cherrill Sands, Garden historian.