Visits & Events 2017
Wednesday 12th April - Talk by Victor Keegan "Shakespeare's lost London" 7pm at the William Gibbs Community Hall, Great Peter Street, SW1P 2LR
Wednesday 21st June - Summer Drinks Party, Grange Rochester Hotel 6.30pm - Tickets on sale in May
Wednesday 15th November - AGM, Grange Rochester Hotel 6.30pm
WE ARE WORKING ON SEVERAL INTERESTING VISITS AND WILL POST AS SOON AS THEY ARE FINALISED.
Visit to Tate Britain's Archives & Library, November 2016
With huge thanks to Derek Rice, Library & Archives Co-Ordinator for a fascinating visit behind the scenes.
We were shown around the archives and store room. Temperature controlled with tight security arrangements and flood protection in place. Large moveable storage shelves and cupboards house the many treasures. We were shown prints and documents relating to the Millbank Penitentiary on the present gallery site. Next we entered the library to see documents, books and computer displays about the Thames and its history, part of a special project that changes monthly called Show and Tell. Finally Derek took us to view the Nash exhibition. A fascinating visit.
One of the many in the collection, here is a photograph of the gallery at the time of the 1928 Thames Flood.
Henry V's Chantry Chapel Visit, October 2016
Our visit to Parliament's hidden medieval places, 28th July 2016
Fundraising Gala Dinner September 2016
Many thanks to all who attended and supported us on Monday 26th September at The Cinnamon Club, The Old Westminster Library. With special thanks to the Hon Jacob Rees-Mogg MP for his speech, describing growing up in Smith Square, using this building as a public library and the huge refurbishment project planned at the Palace of Westminster. Also many thanks to Colin Sheaf, Chairman of Bonhams UK & Asia who auctioned some unique lots and raised an excellent amount for our Archives refurbishment. Finally, thank you to all those who donated items for the auction, as follows :
Belgrave Communications - Tour of the Old War Office, Whitehall
Bonhams UK - Lunch and a glass of champagne for 2 at Bonhams Michelin starred restaurant in Mayfair
The Cinnamon Club - Champagne breakfast for 2
Claudia & Nobuko Bespoke Hair @ Headonizm, Page Street - 2 ladies or gents haircuts
M Wines, Victoria Street - £50 private wine tasting voucher
Joanna Moncrieff - Westminster guided walk
Catherine Slater - An illustrated history of your London house/flat and street
St James's Theatre, Palace Street - 2 tickets to 'The Pianist of Willesden Lane'
St John's Smith Square - £100 voucher for a SJSS Concert
Taj St James's Court Hotel, Buckingham Gate - The Shakespeariance Dinner for 2
The Royal Parks - Rare opportunity to feed the pelicans in St James's Park, a tour of Duck Island, Cottage & Duke of York's Column.
The Thorney Island Society was formed in 1985 to save this important building from demolition. We remain committed to conservation and preservation and this special Gala Dinner was thoroughly enjoyable and raised funds to help us continue the vital work of commenting on planning proposals and making 10 Old Pye Street a more usable space for visitors and society events.
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