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  1. CURATOR’S TALK AT TURNER’S HOUSE – Miniature Lands of Myth and Memory 6th April, 11.30am-12 noon FREE with catalogue included in general admission of £8

    Join historian and curator Dr Jacqueline Riding as she discusses J.M.W. Turner’s exquisite book illustrations for two of Sir Walter Scott’s epic Poetical Works and The Life of Napoleon Buonaparte.

    Dr Riding is the author of Jacobites: A New History of the ’45 Rebellion (2016) and Peterloo:The Story of the Manchester Massacre (2018)), and was consultant on the Mike Leigh film Mr Turner. She is a trustee of the house Turner designed for himself in Twickenham and curated its first exhibition of their collection of Turner’s lesser-known masterpieces.

    J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851) and Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) were two of the most influential and successful celebrities of their day, with Scott’s poetry and prose breaking publishing sales records and Turner, praised for his sublime, romantic landscapes.

    Turner and Scott first collaborated in 1818 on the Provincial Antiquities and Picturesque Scenery of Scotland, while Turner was still living at his Twickenham villa, Sandycombe Lodge. This exhibition, the first ever to be staged at Turner’s newly-restored home, is focused on their last collaboration before Sir Walter’s death in 1832; the illustrations to his Poetical Works and Turner’s next commission, the designs for the Life of Napoleon Buonaparte.

    Combining Turner’s exquisite designs and Scott’s powerfully evocative text, Miniature Lands of Myth and Memory will take the visitor on a time-travelling journey through the north of England, the contested Border country between England and Scotland and the wild Western Highlands. Visitors are invited to follow a trail of landscapes, antiquities, folk tales and ballads that inspired Scott’s poetry, before turning to recent history, the warmer climes of France and Italy and the battle fields of Napoleonic Europe.
    Jacqueline says: “Our first exhibition focuses on two of Georgian Britain’s cultural greats. Turner and Scott were uniquely suited. Both viewed topography as landscapes of myth and memory, the silent witnesses of past ages and more recent history. Turner’s exquisite designs, translated into elegant engraved miniatures, are a fitting celebration of the source of Scott’s inspiration and his extraordinary creativity.”

    Admission price of £8 includes the curator’s talk, admission to the house for a self-guided tour and a full colour 22 page exhibition catalogue.

  2. Love Your Local Care Home Week 25th – 31st March
    Care home staff do an amazing job looking after some of the oldest and frailest people in our communities, and we want them to know how much the work they do it appreciated.
    You can get paid more for walking a dog than looking after our older people! Let’s show these committed carers across the Borough of Richmond some love.
    Simply pop into your local care home between 25th – 31st March with a box of chocolates or similar for the staff, and a little note saying how much their work caring for our older people is valued.
    You can find more info on our website
    Please share and spread the love! 🙂 Thanks

  3. Richmond Film Society – screening of ‘On Body and Soul‘ (Hungary) at 8:00pm on Tuesday 19 March

    Richmond Film Society’s season continues with the 2017 Berlinale Golden Bear winner and 2018 Foreign Language Oscar nominee, ‘On Body and Soul’. Two abattoir colleagues experience the same recurring woodland dreams, though they are not aware of it. When it comes to light, despite their contrasting characters, they try to understand what it means for their personal lives. An eerie, disorientating but mesmerising love story about two withdrawn outsiders.

    ‘On Body and Soul’ was one of ’25 must-see films’ identified last month by ‘The Observer’ film critics as defining a century of European Cinema.

    Members go free. Non-member tickets are £5 (full-time students £3) and can be purchased in advance from The Exchange’s Box Office (in person or by telephone on 020 8240 2399) or online at Tickets are also available on the night (cash only).

    Films are screened at The Exchange, opposite Twickenham Station at 75 London Road, Twickenham, TW1 1BE. On screening nights, the bar opens at 7:00pm and drinks can be brought into the auditorium. Coffee, tea and snacks are also available.

    For further information on our current season of films, please visit our website at or email

    All are very welcome, so do please come along and join us at The Exchange.

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