Our 2021 Programme of Talks has now ended.  The full 2022 Programme will be published in October 2021.

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Tuesday 9th November, 6.30pm   Via Zoom: 
The Society's 35th AGM and Talk on 9th November 2021 is free to members.  Registration will be via Eventbrite from October.  Dr Pat Oakley, Head of Pharmacy at the old Westminster Hospital and Fellow of Kings College will talk on The Magic of Pharmacy:  Making Unguents, Oleums, Tinctures, Powders and Pills, and Misturae, at Westminster Hospital in the 19th Century.  Our consideration will focus on the development of therapeutics based on the hospital’s Drugs Register in The Thorney Island Society's Archives.

Monday 6th December, 6.30pm    Christmas Party. Details to follow.



Tuesday 3rd May, 12.30pm  SOLD OUT - Westminster/Kingsway College, Vincent Square, SW1P 2PD - Lunch in The Vincent Rooms Restaurant and tour of catering college   We have pleasure 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 14th June, 10.30am   SOLD OUT - Tour of Shepherd’s Bindery and Talk on Antiquarian Books by Anthony Davis - Shepherds Sangorski & Sutcliffe dates back to 1901 and is one of the few large bookbinding companies left in England specialising in fine binding, restoration and conservation.  As well as being given rare access to view their workshop, we have pleasure in hearing a talk from Anthony Davis, member, bibliographer and book collector.

Tuesday 4th October, 3pm    
Visit to RUSI (Royal United Services Institute) Library, 61 Whitehall, SW1A 2ET (Members Only tickets available)   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.

(DATE TO BE CONFIRMED) 12 noon    
Curated tour and visit to the Guards Museum followed by the Guards Band Recital in the Guards Chapel.  MEMBERS ONLY.  Wellington Barracks, Birdcage Walk, SW1E 6HQ - Free of Charge.  Booking necessary. The Guards Museum has a wealth of information and artefacts from the long history of the five regiments of the Foot Guards. The tour will include items from the English Civil War, through Waterloo and two World Wars to Iraq and Afghanistan.  Followed by a lunchtime concert featuring one, or a combination, of the Guards Regimental bands in the Chapel at the Wellington Barracks.




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.