EVENTS – AUTUMN 2020 & SPRING 2021

Online events

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There is no charge, but a voluntary donation of £10 would be appreciated via the DONATE button on the Friends website.  Further details are available here on  the Friends’ website.


‘BRITAIN AS WORKSHOP OF THE  WORLD’  ‘The Great Exhibition of 1851 & the establishment of the Victoria & Albert Museum’ Virtual Online Zoom Talk – Wednesday 14th  2020 at 7.00pm to 8.00pm – Link to follow 

A Talk by Anna Warrillow –  Blue- Badge Guide, University Art History Lecturer & Ex- Curator at the V&A. 

Earlier this year if you  saw the fascinating BBC Two six- part Documentary ‘Secrets of The Museum’ you will not want to miss coming along to hear  Anna Warrillow – an ex-curator at the V&A ( not involved in the documentary)  talk about how in 1851, in London’s Hyde Park, the world’s first international exhibition was held, to display the ‘works of industry of all nations.’


‘RAPHAEL: A MASTER IN THE MAKING’ – 2020 is the 500th Anniversary of Raphael’s deathVirtual Online Zoom Talk – Thursday 10th September 2020 at 6.00pm to 7.00pm  

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Talk by Siân Walters MA (Cantab)  – A renowned Art historian, , lecturing  for the National Gallery, The Arts Society, The Wallace Collection and many other art societies in the UK and Europe – 2020 is an important year marking the 500th anniversary of Raphael’s death. Unfortunately  several important exhibitions  were due to take place to commemorate his death, including the National Gallery opening October 2020, but this has now been postponed to 2022.

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TUESDAY  17th NOVEMBER  2020 –  6.00pm to 7.00pm

‘TURNER, ROMANTICISM & THE MODERN WORLD’ By Dr  DAVID BELLINGHAM – who will  introduce the forthcoming exhibition at TATE BRITAIN ( 28 October to 7 March)

David is an art historian, author, and Programme Director for the master’s degree in Art Business at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London

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MONDAY 7th DECEMBER 2020 – 6.00pm to 7.00pm

‘WHAT GARDENS TELL US ABOUT HISTORY’ By VANESSA BERRIDGE 

Vanessa, a Garden Historian & Author,  will discuss, in particular, her account of the political background to the founding of Kew Gardens in the Eighteenth Century

Kew Bookshop are supporting the Talk – Order all  three of her  books in advance  for a £10 discount via this link. https://www.hewsonbooks.co.uk/berridge & they will arrange for Vanessa to sign the books. 

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TUESDAY 9th FEBRUARY 2021 – 7.00pm to 8.00pm 

‘THE ART OF INNOVATION  – From Enlightenment to Dark Matter’ By Dr Tilly Blyth. 

Dr Tilly Byth, Head of Collections & Principal Curator of the Science Museum wrote this recent book with Sir Ian Blandford, Director of the Science MuseumThis illustrated modern history of the connections between science and art reveals a new perspective on what that relationship has contributed to the world around us, based on the landmark Radio 4 series, and Science Museum exhibition. (This was one of our postponed Talks from last June 2020)

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SATURDAY 24th APRIL 2021 – TBC 

 ‘AN AFTERNOON CHARITY BRIDGE DRIVE WITH SUPPER’ 

Organised by Tina Ruygrok. A superb opportunity to enjoy another exclusive afternoon of bridge with The Friends of St Anne’s.’ This will be followed by supper and a glass of wine with prizes and raffle which will include the engraved ‘The Friends of St Anne’s Bridge Cup’


TBC SPRING 2021These were postponed from Spring 2020    

‘THE GEORGIAN VISITOR’ ‘A Vignette of Garden Visiting in the Eighteenth Century’

A Talk by Richard Wheeler – The National Trust Specialist in Garden History. Richard Wheeler now in his 43rd year with the National Trust is now The Trust’s National Specialist in Garden History giving curatorial and historical advice on the Trust’s 133 registered gardens in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

‘THE PERSONALITIES WHO SHAPED THE GUNNERSBURY ESTATE’

A Talk by David Bowler – Chief Executive the Gunnersbury Estate. Gunnersbury Park is a park between ActonBrentfordChiswick and Ealing, West London. Purchased for the nation from the Rothschild family, it was opened to the public by Neville Chamberlain, then Minister of Health, on 21 May 1926. The park is currently jointly managed by Hounslow and Ealing borough councils. A major restoration project funded by the National Lottery was completed in 2018