Events

  • Sun
    10
    Jun
    2018
    9.45am - 1.30pmChiswick House

    We are delighted to offer our members a private tour of Chiswick House and Gardens.

    Chiswick House is one of the most glorious examples of 18th century British Architecture and the tour will cover architectural and interior design, paintings, furniture and social history.

    The gardens are the birthplace of the English Landscape Movement and this will be a wonderful opportunity to discover more about William Kent and his garden designs that influenced Blenheim Palace and New York’s Central Park.

    We plan to meet at 9.45am in the café prior to the tour staring at 10am. The House tour will last approximately 75 mins (to  approx 11.15am)  when there will be a chance to take lunch in the café if desired. The garden tour commences at 12.15 pm and will finish at approximately 1.30pm

    Please note that the upstairs of the House is not accessible to wheelchair users

     Tickets for members only: £20 to include a souvenir guide book

    Click here to download form to pay by cheque (no fees)

    Click here to pay by debit/credit card via eventbrite (with fees)

  • Sat
    21
    Jul
    2018
    6:00 pmPriory Park Tennis Club, Forest Road

    Don't miss our Summer Party. This is a chance to socialise with other members and enjoy some of the fun we have planned for all.

    Ticket details to follow. Email events@kewsociety.org to add your name to the list.

     

  • Sun
    12
    Aug
    2018
    2pm or 3pmSandycoombe Rd. St Margaret's

    Turners House has been carefully restored and is now open to the public once more.

    Sandycombe Lodge was built by 1813 to the designs of England’s great landscape painter, J.M.W. Turner; working here as his own architect to create a quiet retreat for himself, away from the pressures of the London art world. It also provided a home for his father, old William, in retirement from his trade as a barber and wigmaker in Covent Garden. With old William’s declining health and changes in his own life, Turner sold the house in 1826.  After an interesting history which includes 'airmens goggles' it was bought by Professor Harold Livermore and his wife Ann in 1947. They were careful custodians of the house and its precious heritage, and well-informed collectors of art relating to Turner and his time. In the 1950s they secured Grade 2* listing for the building. Professor Livermore set up The Sandycombe Lodge Trust, now Turner’s House Trust, in 2005 and on his death at the age of 95 in 2010, the Trust became the owner of Sandycombe.

    Please join us for a guided tour either at 2pm or 3pm.

    Please note that within the house, only the ground floor drawing room is fully accessible for visitors with mobility issues. The garden, and toilet is fully wheelchair accessible.

    Ticket price £6 per person.

    To buy tickets with a cheque (no fees) click here to download the form

    To buy tickets via credit or debit card (with fees via eventbrite) click here

     

     

Events Archive

For previous events please check our archive.

EVENTS

Event Information:

  • Wed
    03
    May
    2017
    7:00 pmThe National Archives

     Talk by Simon Inglis (author, Played in London)

    Putney to Kew

    "Charting the heritage of the world’s most historic watercourse”

    Everyone knows that the University Boat Race starts at Putney and ends at Mortlake. But why? And what effect has this quirk of sporting history had upon the Surrey and Middlesex banks of the Thames between two famous points?

    In this illustrated lecture, author and historian Simon Inglis – editor of the English Heritage series, Played in Britain – takes us on a lively tour of the boathouses, bridges pubs, embankments and landmarks that line the river between Putney and Kew, interweaving architecture with sporting, social and urban history, with a bit of Michael Jackson and AP Herbert thrown in for good measure.

    Tickets on the door £3 Members & £5 non members