Thames Luminaries: A Virtual Lecture Series

Pope’s Grotto Preservation Trust and English Heritage’s Marble Hill, with other local heritage organisations, have organised a series of nine free virtual talks over three weeks which began on Wednesday 27th January. Acknowledged experts will explore, explain and offer insight about a luminary and their landscape, property and land. There will be talks about the occupants and aspects of the gardens and landscapes of Ham House, Boston Manor, Orleans House, Popes Grotto, Chiswick House, Marble Hill, Hogarth’s House, Strawberry Hill and Turner’s House.

Wednesday 3rd February at 7 pm: Chiswick House, William Kent, and the birth of the English Landscape Movement. John Watkins

Thursday 4th February at 7 pm: Marble Hill: Howard and her garden of grottos and groves. Emily Parker

Friday 5th February at 7 pm: Horace Walpole’s ‘enchanted little landscape’ at Strawberry Hill. Doctor Marion Harney

Wednesday 10th February at 7 pm: Fishponds, great cedars and Jayne Mansfield – renovating the historic landscapes of Boston Manor Park for the 21st century. Sion Thaysen and David Stockdale

Thursday 11th February at 7 pm: Pleasure Garden to Parkland: The Changing Landscape of Orleans House. Minna Andersen

Friday 12th February at 7 pm: 17th to 21st century – is Ham House Garden still a garden of contemporary ideas? Rosie Fyles

More information and booking information can be found on

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