Please see below our 2022 Programme of Events.

Our 2021 Programme of Talks can now be viewed on our YouTube channel (click link at bottom of page). 


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Tuesday 5th July, 6.30pm - Looking at Commemorative Public Art on Thorney Island, a talk via Zoom   Including some of the accomplished people as well as some of the fascinating characters from the area who are missing, we will explore statues as public art: Who we choose to commemorate and why and in the context of recent activism and argument on this thorny topic, Melissa and Montaz will address the merits and pitfalls of the removal and protection of statues. Montaz Marché is a writer, documentary producer and PhD researcher at the University of Birmingham where her historical interest is focused on modern black British History. Melissa Jo Smith is the founding Director of Illuminated Arts, producing creative arts and heritage projects to inspire and transform groups and communities.


Tuesday 19th July, 12.30pm - Mudlarking on the Thames Foreshore,  Guided walk by Claire Harris, Senior Community Archaeologist of The Thames Discovery Programme hosted by MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology).  This guided walk, on the foreshore below Victoria Tower Gardens at low tide, will explore the prehistory and history of the area, introducing the story of changing landscapes - How the foreshore preserves traces of medieval London and the actions of the Luftwaffe ! Focusing on the history and heritage of the river including those structures and features exposed by the movement of sediment in this dynamic environment.

Tuesday 4th October, 3pm -
Visit to RUSI (Royal United Services Institute) Library, SOLD OUT (waiting list) 61 Whitehall, SW1A 2ET)   Founded in 1831 by the Duke of Wellington, RUSI has throughout its almost 190 years remained faithful to its heritage and founding principles to generate rational and free-thinking debate on issues of security and defence. Their historic headquarters are steeped in history, being the old Whitehall Palace. Our tour will include the RUSI Library of Military History, a unique collection of historical and cultural importance. Refreshments available (postponed from 2020).


Tuesday 1st November, 12.30pm - Westminster/Kingsway College, Vincent Square, SW1P 2PD - Lunch in The Vincent Rooms Restaurant and tour of catering college   Following the success and oversubscription to the lunch in May, we have pleasure again in supporting the students studying on the Professional Chefs Diploma and enjoy a 2 course lunch (wine extra) prepared and served by them in their brasserie restaurant. We will have the opportunity to learn about the college, its courses and see behind the scenes in the kitchens and preparation areas.

Tuesday 8th November, 6.30pm - The Society's 36th AGM and talk by Ptolemy Dean on the works on the Sacristy at the Abbey.

Monday 5th December, 6.30pm - The Society's Christmas Party - Details to be confirmed


Disclaimer:  The views and opinions expressed at the Society's events are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the stance of The Thorney Island Society.




Recordings of previous talks & events can be viewed on our YouTube channel 3 months after the live event:     



Inspired by Lucy Peck’s Newsletter articles on the history of schools in the area, Westminster Guide and TTIS member, Michael Marriott gave a super, informative and well received virtual walk through the back streets of Thorney Island, describing the social situation of the past and the establishment of the charity schools, hospitals, almshouses, social housing and children’s homes.




Susan Robin, Librarian at the Lindley Library in Vincent Square, gave a super talk and showed some of the Library's vast collection of botanical art gems. 

Specialising in garden history and botanical art, she explored how the RHS aimed to support and enrich the commercial growth of food in the UK through defining fruit varieties, funding plant collecting expeditions, collecting horticultural knowledge from both the past and the present, and sharing that knowledge with the nation. Items explored will include the fruit portraits of William Hooker (1815) and the seminal Dig for Victory publication The Vegetable Garden Display’d (1941).  This replaces an in-person visit postponed from last year. A recording of this talk is not available due to copyright issues of some of the images shown. 

The Lindley Library is hoping to reopen in September 2021 and their website can be found here:




Jan is head gardener at the Abbey and has worked there for 20 years.  She gave a marvellous talk with photos, slides and her own beautiful illustrations.  She covered the history of the monastic garden and her work returning it to something closer to what it had been with herbs, vegetables, vines and fruit trees.  She also described the work to preserve the special trees and the use of particular plants in the right setting. The recording of the talk will be available on our YouTube channel 3 months after the live event.



Historian, Committee Member and Author of "Vic Keegan's Lost London", Victor gave a fascinating and suprising talk about the rise and fall of an extraordinary entertainment colossus, wrongly named The Royal Aquarium, that stretched from Westminster Abbey down Tothill Street almost to St James's Park Station.  The recording will be on our YouTube channel 3 months after the event.