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Area: London (West)

'London’s largest dedicated children’s literature event ... Barnes is put on by families for families so we’re 100% committed to making sure your tribe has an amazing time. As well as bringing you all your favourite authors and illustrators, we’re always pushing the boundaries of traditional literature festivals to create loads more space for the family-friendliest fun.  At Barnes we programme books as theatre, music, maths, science, art, craft, cookery, film, football, whatever it takes really to bring the magic of reading and writing to the kids.' Normally held Late June.

'Founded in 2004 by a group of Barnes friends to provide a literary focus for members in the local area and beyond. The Society offers stimulating monthly evening events in a friendly atmosphere in the centre of Barnes, when there is an opportunity to hear published authors and other speakers give talks on a wide variety of literary topics. These range from novels to historical writing, drama, crime and contemporary issues. We also enjoy visits to places of interest once or twice a year.'

'Supported by The Royal Institute of Philosophy and based in Barnes, London SW13, UK. Any subject is open for discussion: aesthetics, ethics, ancient Greek philosophy, modern continental philosophy, political and social philosophy, philosophy of music, or even in asking "what is philosophy?" or indeed "what is the point of philosophy?".'

 

Member of the Royal Institute of Philosophy Grouping

Category Local Heritage

'Considered the world’s first garden suburb, Bedford Park continues to retain its identity, community spirit and unique character bequeathed by the inspiration and genius of its original founder and architects ... The Society has been part of the community for over 50 years, with strong links to other local organisations. Our parties, lectures and other events, such as our annual meeting, are a chance for members to meet each other and chat informally to the committee.'

Also indexedBetjeman Lecture

'The London Borough of Brent was formed in 1965, combining the boroughs of Wembley and Willesden ... Collecting material about the history of Brent for over 50 years and we have over 10,000 objects in our collection ... The Archives holds a variety of material relating to the local areas of Brent, from Alperton to Uxendon ... We produce a lively and varied programme of exhibitions, events and projects throughout the year.'

'We organise weekly classes, events, concerts and productions throughout the year. Our courses and activities are open to everyone, including members of the public, staff and students, whatever you’re studying. They include singing, acting, creative writing, music theory, digital photography, oil painting, life drawing, pottery and guitar groups.'

'Brings together top authors and their readers for a week of history, poetry, biography, creative writing, fiction, thrillers, gardens, food, wine, politics and children’s books.' Normally held Early September.

Category Local Heritage

'Chiswick House, built between 1726 and 1729 is one of the earliest and most important neo-Palladian villas in England ... By the 20th century, the House and Gardens were in decline and in 1929 the reduced estate was sold to Middlesex County Council. In 1948, ownership of the house passed to the Ministry of Works, which embarked on a restoration campaign aimed at returning the villa to its original size and design and the gardens to their original layout. Following a major restoration project, which finished in 2010 with £12m support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, London Borough of Hounslow and English Heritage Trust formed the independent Chiswick House and Gardens Trust to unify the care of the House and Gardens ... Today we welcome over one million visitors every year. Our vision is simple – we want to be here for everyone, every day.'

'Aims to preserve and enhance the character of Fulham for the benefit of all, to preserve what is good and to help change what needs improving. It lobbies, campaigns, informs and influences to protect the interests of all who live and work here. Our area of interest is the old Metropolitan Borough of Fulham, that is as it was in 1962 before the Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham was created ... The Society arranges events, lectures and outings. We encourage members to share their views and actively participate in all that we do.'

'Habitats & Heritage is the local charity that acts for the natural and historic environment in south and west London ... Explore our Habitats & Heritage events as well as those run by our community and charity friends and partners! from practical nature conservation activities, walks, talks and community clean-ups to lectures, webinars and food reuse cafes, there is always something to get involved with across south and west London.'

'Advancing public appreciation of geology by observation, discussion, field studies, research, illustrated talks and exhibitions ... Expert speakers give illustrated talks on all aspects of geology, and answer all our questions afterwards. The evening finishes with refreshments and informal chat.'

Category Harrow

Member of the Photographic Societies - London (West) Grouping

'We hold a range of events, from free public talks on records of interest, to training courses for archivists and academics.' The Friends of The National Archives organize 'special Friends-only events, including behind-the-scenes tours and visits to historic buildings and collections' - as well as occasional lectures.

'Rooted in Richmond Upon Thames, providing a window on the world, we bring writers and communities together. We're a hub of thought-provoking experiences for bookworms, arts lovers and discerning minds. Whether you’re an avid reader or seeking literary inspiration, join us for entertaining and meaningful events.' Normally held Mid November.

'The Society exists to promote interest in and understanding of science in all its disciplines, and to provide grants for purposes of educational support to local schools ... In normal circustances we meet once a month at 8pm on a Wednesday.'

Our gardens date back to the early 18th century, as a royal palace to today's globally renowned scientific institution for plant and fungal research ... Get closer to our scientific and horticultural work with our expert-led talks and lectures ... Since 1871 the Kew Mutual Improvement Society has been running an annual lecture season to boost your knowledge of the plant and fungal kingdom.'

'Set up in London in 1882, the first scientific organisation ever to examine claims of psychic and paranormal phenomena. We hold no corporate view about their existence or meaning; rather, our purpose is to gather information and foster understanding through research and education.'

'Aim is to educate the general public in bee-keeping. Twickenham and Thames Valley Bee-keepers hold free classes for individuals, offer opportunities for group visits and welcome the general public to our annual Honey Show and Open Day events ... The association is run entirely by volunteers.'

'Organises ten philosophy events per year (monthly except in July and August) that are open for anyone to attend. Five of our events are held on Saturday afternoons and five on weekday evenings – usually on a Tuesday or Thursday.'

'The Society was founded in 1967 and has a membership mostly drawn from a wide area of the western side of London ... We meet every month except August,  alternately at two venues in Harrow and Hillingdon boroughs, so we cover a wide area of the west of London area. You definitely don't need to be an advanced amateur to join, as we try to keep meetings at a level which anyone with a general interest in astronomy can follow. Probably the majority of our membership consists of people just like you – interested but not obsessed!'

Category Local Heritage

'The York House Society is Twickenham's oldest amenity society. It was formed in 1924 from the committee of councillors and local residents that was originally set up in 1922, to persuade the then Urban District Council to buy York House for conversion to a town hall ... It has no political allegiance. It is concerned with York House and the central area of Twickenham and its river frontage. Among the objects of the Society are preservation of the historic character of the neighbourhood, its architectural qualities, public gardens, parkland and riverside.'

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