A Virtual Arcadia

6 Jan 2022 - 6 Jan 2022
5:30 pm
The Exchange

Pope’s Grotto Preservation Trust has commissioned Professor Paul Richens to create an interactive digital reconstruction of Alexander Pope's villa and garden, together with the adjacent Thames and the buildings along the river.  At the same time, we commissioned storyteller Giles Abbott to write and perform the commentary. The first public showing will be at The Exchange, Twickenham, on 6th January 2022.

The audience will gain some understanding of Twickenham in 1740 and, in particular, Pope’s villa and garden, which have been meticulously researched and reconstructed from historical sources. The experience starts in a wherry (rowing boat) on the Thames at Twickenham with a local waterman rowing you upriver.  We disembark on the lawn in front of Pope’s Villa and walk through the grotto into the garden. Here we will explore the shell temple, the spiral mound, the kitchen garden, the pineapple house, the quincunxes, the vineyard, Pope’s obelisk to his mother and many other features. As we approach the garden’s various features, appropriate quotations from Pope will be voiced.

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This event has been supported by the National Lottery Heritage Find and Arts Council England.

Presented by Pope's Grotto Preservation Trust

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