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Events at Strawberry Hill House & Garden


Prices Between £27.00 to £150.00 Text Artefact Identify Hosted in collaboration between: Department of English, St Mary’s University, Twickenham The National Trust Strawberry Hill House This conference will bring...

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This conference will bring together scholars and curators from the disciplines of Literature, Cultural History, Art and Architectural History, and Heritage to investigate LGBTQ perspectives on the ‘long’ eighteenth century.

Hosted inside Horace Walpole’s Gothic villa at Strawberry Hill in west London, it will complement a major exhibition taking place October 2018-March 2019, ‘The Lost Treasures of Strawberry Hill’, which will bring together, for the first time since 1842, masterpieces from Walpole’s collection.

Confirmed speakers

We invite papers exploring any aspect of queer history, culture, heritage and writing of the ‘long’ eighteenth century; there will be a particular but not exclusive focus on Horace Walpole and his circle. Please see the full Call for Papers below.

The conference will take place in the beautiful Georgian and Victorian Gothic rooms of Strawberry Hill, and there will be a formal dinner in Strawberry Hill House.

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£15.00 Visit to Dennis Severs’ House Visit to Dennis Severs’ House, 4pm

Dennis Severs’ House is more than just a time capsule.  It is both a breathtaking and an intimate portrait of the lives of a family of Huguenot silk-weavers from 1724 to the dawn of the 20th century. 

As you follow their fortunes through the generations, the sights, smells and sounds of the house take you into their lives.  It was Dennis Severs’ intention that as you enter his house it is as if you have passed through the surface of a painting, exploring with your senses and imagination a meticulously crafted 18th century world.

This tour departs at 4pm (meet at 3.50pm) from 18 Folgate Street. Tickets must be pre-booked and booking closes on 8 February.


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Prices Between £23.00 to £25.00 Talk - Emma Rutherford: 'That small most precious head'; The Portrait Miniature Collection of Horace Walpole Emma Rutherford: 'That small most precious head'; The Portrait Miniature Collection of Horace Walpole


Horace Walpole considered his collection of portrait and enamels miniatures 'the largest and finest in any country'. He also saw miniatures as a direct conduit to the past - in terms of who they were of, but also as records of the artist, the original patron and the subsequent owner or collector. These small, intimate and ultimately private portraits had a powerful visual and psychological impact on the sensitive Walpole. This talk will look more closely at some of the important portrait miniatures which once adorned the cabinet at Strawberry Hill and why and how they were collected by Walpole.

Following the talk will be a tour of the ‘Lost Treasures of Strawberry Hill: Masterpieces from Horace Walpole’s Collection’, with opportunity to see some of the miniatures discussed.


Emma Rutherford M.A.

Since 2007, Emma Rutherford M.A. has been a consultant for portrait miniatures at Philip Mould and Company, which specialises in historical portraiture and is the leading dealer in the field of portrait miniatures. Emma has specialised in portrait miniatures and silhouettes for twenty-five years. Prior to her freelance career, Emma worked at the Victoria and Albert Museum and was director of the portrait miniature department at both Phillips and Bonhams Auctioneers. 

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Prices Between £5.00 to £40.00 Garden Tales of Strawberry Hill House with Alan Titchmarsh Join Alan Titchmarsh to explore the role of the garden throughout the history of the house. Focusing on the many intriguing references found within objects and art in our current L

Event - Alan Titchmarsh returns to Strawberry Hill
Thursday 14 February, 10.30am

Join Alan Titchmarsh to explore the role of the garden throughout the history of the house. Focusing on the many intriguing references found within objects and art in our current Lost Treasures exhibition. And how the garden at Strawberry Hill has played host to glamorous and important parties across the centuries, welcoming everyone from politicians, to world famous ballerinas, to performing elephants!

Join us at 10.30am for welcome drinks, followed by a talk in our purpose-built pavilion and free flow access to the exhibition. Book early to secure your Lunch Ticket, which includes a set menu light lunch and glass of wine. Re-entry to the exhibition will be available after lunch at a reduced ticket price.


10:30am Welcome tea, coffee and pastry
11:00am Alan Titchmarsh and Lost Treasures Curators
12:00pm Entrance to Lost Treasures of Strawberry Hill
1:00pm Light lunch with glass of wine (Lunch Ticket)
2:00pm Close


Lunch Ticket £40 includes arrival tea and coffee, talk, exhibition entry and lunch (limited availability)

Standard Ticket £30 includes arrival tea and coffee, talk and exhibition only

£5 re-entry to the exhibition after 2pm

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