An illustrated talk by Peter Aylmer. London is a great place for walkers, if you know where to look—and if you know what to look for, once you get there. Peter’s guidebook Walking in London, published by Cicerone Press, deliberately seeks out some of the 13,000 species that inhabit its parks and gardens, rivers and heaths—the London Wildlife Trust helped Peter put the guide together. But that diversity couldn’t be possible without a wide range of open spaces, and Peter will also tell of how Londoners created arguably the greenest large city on the planet, often in the face of opposition from the powerful.
Peter is chair of the London group of the Long Distance Walkers Association. He brings a wide variety of perspectives and comparisons to walking in London, having walked most of England’s National Trails and created his own walks from south to north of each of Wales, England and Scotland. He is also the author of the Cicerone guide Walking in Essex. Joint talk with EHHS
Talk by Georgie Perrot. During her long career at Covent Garden Opera House Georgie worked in a variety of roles, mostly in the Costume Department but latterly working as Administrative Assistant to the Directors of the Opera House. During this time she met many of the famous performers from the Royal Opera and Royal Ballet and says she will be ‘shamelessly name-dropping’ during her talk! Georgie will also display some of the fabulous costumes used in performances at the Opera House along with a pair of Darcy Bussell’s shoes.
Talk by Judith and Christine Hughes. Quilling is an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs. Judith and Christine will describe the history of quilling from when paper was first invented through to the modern day. They will talk about some of the famous people who have been involved in this art form and show examples of quilling that they have produced. There will be an opportunity to buy items they have made.
An illustrated talk by Stuart Harvey. Stuart continues his series of interesting talks with this one on Britain’s most famous architect who was responsible for St Paul’s Cathedral and many churches in the City of London as well as buildings for Oxford University and the Royal Naval College at Greenwich.
Edmonton and Eastern Enfield Group.
A talk by Michael Priaulx, Swift Conservation. The wildlife with which we’ve shared our towns and cities for centuries is disappearing fast. Swifts, sparrows, and starlings are all now officially “endangered” in the UK as we deck our gardens and convert our lofts. But find out how we can easily help these and other species, especially relevant now London is the World’s first National Park City.
Talk by Ivor Evans from the Broomfield House Trust. The Trust was involved in curating the exhibition Hidden Treasures Revealed: Broomfield House and Park which may be seen at the Dugdale Centre until 22nd April. For more information on the House, see article by Stephen Gilburt.
Talk by David Cufley. Joint TES/EHHS talk.
Talk by Tony Eagle. Pictures from its steam-powered inception to modern times will be included together with collections from the 1950s to the present day. Audience participation will be invited and there will be a light-hearted quiz.
Talk by Ann Johnson and John Wallington. Experience the Spanish Colonial influence and the Majan Heritage through views of local culture and archaelogical sites in the Guotemola and Yucaten peninsula of Mexico.