Harrow National Trust Association

Talks during 2019

Tuesday 12 February 2019 at 2 pm.    

Literary and Artistic Footprints of the Thames Valley’ by Nick Brazil is a journey up the Thames exploring some of the many locations frequented by famous and notable artists and writers.  It starts at the great house of Mapledurham where the poet Alexander Pope stayed and ends in the ancient village of Aldworth where Alfred Lord Tennyson courted his future wife Emily.  Nick is an author, film maker, photographer and public speaker. 

Tuesday 12 March 2019 at 2 pm 

National Trust Acquisitions and Restorations” is a talk requested by both current members, new members and some visitors who wish to learn about property conservation work including garden restoration projects and the procedure followed when acquiring a property. Mark Bradshaw’s talk will share his story as General Manager and a career with the Trust which spans almost 25 years managing estates, including Anglesey Abbey, Canons Ashby, Clumber Park, Lyveden and Cliveden.  His roles have included major
multi-million pound projects, property acquisitions and uncovering forgotten gardens, so he is the perfect speaker for the topics of interest to us.

Thursday 11 April 2019 at 8 pm 

The Lord Chancellor’s Wallpaper” – this talk was postponed due to inclement weather last spring. Graham Goode will give a glimpse behind the scenes of the Palace of Westminster where he spent 25 years, organising the conservation, and day to day maintenance and organisation of the Historic collection of furniture and furnishings.   He was also responsible for the recreation of historic interiors and state ceremonials. The talk is based on one of the more controversial schemes of its day, namely the restoration of the Lord Chancellor's residence.

Tuesday 7 May 2019 at 8 pm 

“Shakespeare’s Plants and Gardens” looks at how gardens were designed in Shakespeare’s time and the hidden meanings and unexpected uses of plants. There will be reference to the restoration project at Kenilworth Castle in particular.  Andrew Mikolajski is the author of over thirty gardening titles and has been a consultant on several RHS reference works. He is an RHS show judge and contributes material to the RHS website.

 Wednesday 19 June 2019 at 8 pm

Those Magnificent (Wo)men in their Flying Machines” is an informative talk about women pilots during WW2 that the population at large is just beginning to appreciate fully.  Beverley Harrison, a twice retired RAF Flight Lieutenant originally WRAF, will focus on the British pilots but also discuss others during the war.  She will also touch on the (W)RAF move to relative equality, i.e. same pay and jobs bar one.  


Thursday 11 July 2019 at 8 pm  

"What makes a word a word and how does it get into the dictionary?" is the subject of this evening’s talk about the changing English language.   Susan Purcell is a linguist and she has compiled or edited several dictionaries and thesauruses. She is also co-editor of The Puzzler Crossword Solver’s Dictionary, published by Penguin. 

Tuesday 10 September 2019 at 8 pm  

“The Jesus Hospital Charity in Barnet” is the subject of the talk tonight to be given by Simon Smith and Jane Porter. Both work full time for the Charity that has existed for over three hundred years, being founded in 1679 by local benefactors, James and Mary Ravenscroft. The Charity has grown considerably over the years, from the original endowment, which provided six Almshouses for "poor and ancient women" to where we are today.  The speakers will also look at the many other alms-houses in the local area, the UK and world-wide.

Wednesday 16 October 2019 at 8 pm  

We will hold a short Annual General Meeting and then invite members to discuss the future role of the Harrow National Trust Association in an Extraordinary General Meeting.  After which, we will enjoy a social period and vote for our preferred photographs in the Photographic Competition.  

Tuesday 12 November 2019 at 2 pm           

The Trial of Lady Chatterley” is going to be an interesting look at an infamous trial that many may have forgotten.  Andrew Baker is a historian, political scientist and educationalist whose talks include other sensational episodes from the 1960s and 70s (Enoch Powell’s Rivers of Blood Speech, the consequences of John Profumo’s attendance at a weekend party and the story of Jeremy Thorpe.

Tuesday 10 December 2019 at 2 pm

Women can be interesting too”.  As we know, history through the ages has mostly been written by men, so it is full of their manly deeds, but women have done some pretty amazing things too and deserve to be remembered!   Jacquie Russell, a long-standing HaNTA member, is our speaker and she spent her working life as a teacher, first in Bethnal Green, and then in a school for children with learning and behavioural problems in Harrow. 

Pinner Village Hall has a loop system installed to assist members with a hearing impairment.

We ask that HaNTA members bring their current HaNTA card (green) to each talk to avoid paying the entry fee. Visitors will be charged £2 for each talk to help defray the costs of the hall and speaker. Doors open half an hour prior to the start of the talk. 

Harrow National Trust Association
Alyson Brown  07813 593315

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