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Future events

• THAMES LUMINARIES – a series of Zoom lectures in January and February 2021

• THAMES LUMINARIES – a series of Zoom lectures in January and February 2021

Nine historic places linked by the Thames, including Strawberry Hill and Marble Hill, will be the subject of online Zoom talks in January and February.

The gardens of Hogarth’s house, Turner’s Sandycombe Lodge, Alexander Pope’s villa, Chiswick House, Marble Hill House, Strawberry Hill, Boston Manor, Orleans House and Ham House will be explored in these ‘short and lively’ talks, followed by Q&A sessions.

The talks will be chaired by Professor Judith Hawley of the Department of English 17th and 18th Century Literature and Culture at Royal Holloway, University of London. They are free, but booking is essential, and a £5 donation per talk would be much appreciated.

The series will launch on Wednesday 27th January at 7pm: “Within the garden walls at Hogarth’s House”, with Val Bott, chair of the William Hogarth Trust.

Thursday 28th January at 7pm: “A painter’s garden – JMW Turner and the grounds of Sandycombe Lodge”, with Catherine Parry-Wingfield, art historian.

Friday 29th January at 7pm: “Alexander Pope – the poet and the poetic landscape”, with Dr Marion Harney, Director of Studies and Director of Teaching at the University of Bath.

Wednesday 3rd February at 7pm: “Chiswick House, William Kent, and the birth of the English Landscape Movement”, with John Watkins, Head of Gardens and Landscapes at English Heritage.

Thursday 4th February at 7pm: “Marble Hill – Howard and her garden of grottos and groves”, with Emily Parker, Landscape Adviser at English Heritage.

Friday 5th February at 7pm: “Strawberry Hill – the open grove in which Walpole explored the ‘gaiety in nature’”. With Henrietta Gentilli of Strawberry Hill’s Garden Advisory Group.

Wednesday 10th February at 7pm: “Fishponds, great cedars and Jayne Mansfield – renovating the historic landscapes of Boston Manor Park for the 21st century”. With Sion Thaysen, landscape architect, and David Stockdale, social history curator, historic house manager and heritage professional.

Thursday 11th February at 7pm: “Pleasure Garden to Parkland – The Changing Landscape of Orleans House”, with Minna Andersen, a London Blue Badge Tourist Guide and volunteer with Orleans House Gallery and the Poppy Factory.

Friday 12th February at 7pm: “17th to 21st century – is Ham House Garden still a garden of contemporary ideas?”, with Rosie Fyles, Head Gardener of Ham House and a trustee of Silent Space, a charity that promotes peaceful time in green spaces.

Further details of the programme can be found at www.ticketsource.co.uk/popesgrotto/

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