Thames Luminaries: Strawberry Hill: the open grove in which Walpole explored the ‘gaiety in nature’

5 Feb 2021
7:00 pm

The Thames brought commerce and wealth to South West London, attracting royalty, aristocrats, artists, writers and wealthy property owners. The legacy of these luminaries is an area exceptionally rich in heritage buildings, gardens and landscapes. Pope’s Grotto Preservation Trust and English Heritage’s Marble Hill have organised a series of nine free virtual talks over three weeks beginning on Wednesday 27th January.  Experts will explore, explain and offer insight about a luminary and their landscape, property
and land.

Strawberry Hill is “an open grove through which you see a field which is bounded by a serpentine wood of all kind of trees and flowering shrubs and flowers.” The development of the gardens and landscaping of the grounds started at Strawberry Hill when Horace Walpole acquired the property in 1747. Additions to the gardens were made during the 19th century but it is Walpole’s intervention that provides the greatest significance and interest. We will explore the 18th Century Garden through this lecture to find the ‘gaiety in nature’ that Walpole describes at Strawberry Hill and that is still present today

Dr Marion Harney, who will give this talk, is Director of Studies and Director of Teaching at the University of Bath specialising in the history and theory of historic buildings, designed and cultural landscapes and their conservation. She is Visiting Professor, University of Westminster and External Examiner for the MA in Garden and Landscape History, Institute for Historical Research.

Admission to this talk is free but but we encourage you to make a £5 donation for each talk, if you are able, which will be divided equally between the nine participating organisations. More about the talk and the speaker can be found here and you can book your place at TicketSource.

The talk will start at 7 pm and last for approximately 20 minutes with time being allowed for questions and answers at the end. The event will end at or before 8 pm. It will be delivered using Zoom so you will need a computer or tablet with the Zoom program/app on it. You will be sent a link by email shortly before the lecture begins and you should follow this link at the appropriate time to join the audience. If you haven't used Zoom before, you will be prompted to download the appropriate software as soon as you try to join.

This event is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

(Strawberry Hill House and Garden in 1774. Watercolour by Paul Sandby)

Presented by Pope's Grotto Preservation Trust