A-Z LECTURES and CATEGORIES

Area: London (West)

'Acton is now a suburb of West London about 5 miles from the centre, and well within the built-up area, but for the greater part of it's history, consisted of only a small cluster of houses around the medieval Church of St. Mary's, providing refreshment for travellers on the road from London to Oxford; together with a smaller farming community at East Acton and a number of scattered farm dwellings.'  Normally, the History Group 'meets at 7.30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month from September until March in St Mary's Church Hall'.

LECTURES and TALKS2021-22 Programme

'Founded in 1955. The Society promotes interest in the local history of Barnes, Mortlake and East Sheen in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. The Society plays an important role in the local community. Our lectures and other activities are justifiably popular with our 400 members and are well known for their friendly atmosphere, attracting enthusiastic support from members and guests ... The Society presents a monthly lecture from September to April. The emphasis is on local history but our programmes are varied and include a wide range of historical topics. The lectures are free to members; non-members are very welcome and are asked to make a payment.'

LECTURES and TALKS2021-22 Programme

'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.'

LECTURES and TALKS2021-22 Programme

'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?".'

LECTURES and TALKS2021-22 Programme

'The Borough of Twickenham Local History Society focuses on the history of Twickenham, Whitton, Teddington and the Hamptons which in 1965 was incorporated into the newly established London Borough of Richmond upon Thames ... Our Programme of Talks attracts some of the finest speakers in the land.'

LECTURES and TALKS2021-22 Programme

'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.'

LECTURES and TALKSRegular Programme

'We are dedicated to the protection, conservation, improvement, and increased appreciation of the parks ... We are composed entirely of members, many of whom are our volunteers. We have no employed or full-time staff. We organise activities throughout the year offering members the opportunity to meet in an informal setting. (In) our Talks ... we learn about such things as local history, the natural world, and insights into The Royal Parks and Historic Royal Palaces.'

LECTURES and TALKS2021 Programme
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.'

LECTURES and TALKS2021 Programme

'Established in 1967 when many of our founding members were closely involved with local residents’ associations in opposing the Council’s radical plans to re-develop the centre of Ealing. We are not connected with any political party or the Council ... The Society holds a number of regular events during the year held at venues in central Ealing.'

LECTURES and TALKS2021 Programme

'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.'

LECTURES and TALKS2021 Programme

'Founded in 1992 in a studio in Hampton Hill, we are a small group of friendly and enthusiastic local photographers. We offer: * Monthly meetings; * High-quality presentations & talks ...'

LECTURES and TALKS2021 Programme

'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.'

LECTURES and TALKS2021 Programme

'We are a club for photography enthusiasts, whatever their age or experience, where creative and technical ability is developed and celebrated in a friendly and vibrant atmosphere.'

LECTURES and TALKS2021 Programme

'Established in 1987, and exists to promote family history and genealogy and celebrate Hillingdon's past ... Family history is our passion, and we want the joy that genealogical study brings to be widespread. Anyone is more than welcome to join the society, whether you have a historic family connection to the area, live locally or are simply interested in family history.'

LECTURES and TALKS2021 Programme

'Hounslow and District History Society was formed in 1960 ... Meetings of the society are held on the last Tuesday of each month from September to April (except December).'

LECTURES and TALKS2021 Programme

'West London's friendliest Camera Club. Based in Ealing. Photography workshops, Photo walks, competitions and guest speakers.'

LECTURES and TALKS2021 Programme

'We meet monthly and provide a wide range of activities. There is an exchange packet, a regular bulletin (The Pinner Post), displays by members or visiting speakers on a whole range of topics, auctions, a quiz evening, competitions, a library and an annual dinner. Come and join us - visitors are always welcome at any of the meetings.'

LECTURES and TALKS2021-22 Programme

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.'

LECTURES and TALKSRegular Programme

'In July 1978 the Federation of Family History Societies co-ordinated the foundation of three family history societies to cover the City of London and the former county of Middlesex. From west to east, these were the West Middlesex Family History Society, the Westminster and Central Middlesex Family History Society and the London and North Middlesex Family History Society. This division continued until 2001 when the latter two societies combined forces to form what was renamed the London, Westminster and Middlesex Family History Society. West Middlesex Family History Society now covers 32 of the ancient parishes in the west and south-west of the ancient county of Middlesex.'

LECTURES and TALKS2021 Programme

'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!'

LECTURES and TALKS2021 Programme

'Formed in 1974, the Willesden Local History Society believe that a community’s future health is enhanced by a good knowledge of its past. Our aim is to foster interest in history, archaeology, conservation, and related subjects, with particular emphasis on our own locality, and to carry out research into the history and culture of our own locality. WLHS has members of all types, active researchers, family historians, authors, photographers, and some who just enjoy the lectures and fellowship at the meetings. All are welcome.'

LECTURES and TALKS2021 Programme
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.'

LECTURES and TALKS2021 Programme

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