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The Friends of Marble Hill is a proposed organisation, open to anyone who has an interest in Marble Hill House and Park. This website is part of our mission and will become your one-stop portal for anything and everything Marble Hill related, from its rich and storied history to news, events and volunteering opportunities.

If you have any questions, or want to get involved as a Friend, we’d love to hear from you. Drop us a message and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

The aim is make Marble Hill a natural destination for all visitors to Twickenham and Richmond seeking to understand the history the area or simply to enjoy its beauty and amenity. Set in 66 acres of open parkland beside the river Thames at Twickenham, in the London Borough of Richmond, it is a classic example of an English Palladian villa. This beautiful house signalled the start of the whole Georgian architectural style which swept this country. Together with Chiswick House, which was being built at the same time, they fuelled the appreciation of a classical style which spread to America and around the world. Their influence continues to this day.

What’s on

Event at Marble Hill

As the Friends of Marble Hill develops we will update this website with news, events and volunteering opportunities at Marble Hill. If you want to become a Friend and to have an active hand in our working group or assist with the volunteering at the park (or even doing some housekeeping on this website), please get in touch.

AUGUST 2020

Sunday music in the park – Every Sunday in August, 2-3pm.

This month, a series of free, socially distanced concerts will be hosted at Marble Hill House every Sunday from 2-3pm. Check out the schedule below for more information:

  • 9th August 2020 – Perrin Jazz collective
    Expect a medley of contemporary songs and jazz classics performed by this superb, Roger Perrin-led ensemble.
  • 16th August 2020 – Lovekyn Trio
    Prepare for a bevy of ballads and songs sourced from Elizabethan-era England, with Patricia Hammond on vocals and William Summers playing the flute, recorder and crumhorn.
  • 23rd August 2020 – Greg Tassell and harpsichord / piano (opera to English and popular song)
    Professional tenor Greg Tassel will sing opera, folk and popular songs alongside harpsichord and piano.
  • 30th August 2020 – Perrin Jazz Collective
    If you missed them the first time around, or just fancy a double dose of summertime jazz, the Perrin Jazz Collective will draw this year’s Music on a Sunday to a close with another performance.

SEPTEMBER 2020

September lecture series

Marble Hill will host lectures from a range of different speakers, including conservation specialists, historians and local organisations, every Tuesday at 6pm during September. More information will be provided closer to the date.

Twickenham Luminaries Virtual Tour

Marble Hill have joined forces with the Pope’s Grotto Trust to organise the Twickenham Luminaries Virtual Tour, a five-part series of free Zoom lectures, where an expert will discuss an influential figure and their association with a historic building in Twickenham.

Each lecture will start at 6pm and run for around 20 minutes, with time allocated for questions and answers at the end of each session.

These talks will run on successive evenings, starting on Monday 14th with Minna Andersen’s talk on The Honourable Nellie Ionides and her influence on Orleans House; for more information, head here.

Additional talks will be hosted about individuals associated with Strawberry Hill House, Popes Grotto, Turners House and Marble Hill.

NOVEMBER 2020

Marble Hill Remembers

In conjunction with the British Legion, 879 poppies will be placed in the Park to celebrate the lives of each service person who died in our local area during the First World War.

An exhibition site, which will be installed by volunteers in the first week of November, will highlight those who died and the part that Marble Hill played in the war effort; all of those figures will be commemorated on Remembrance Day (Wednesday 11th November) at 11am in a short celebration of the fallen.

Contact

Please feel free to send us an email:

We are currently defining the structure and organisation of the Friends group and will aim to develop this website. If you would like to help, volunteer, join our organisation or just want to know what’s happening at Marble Hill, please send us an email.

English Heritage

For more information about the house and park and the state of works you can read about the English Heritage Marble Hill Revived project.

If you wish to contact the house directly, please contact English Heritage who manage the property:

Telephone: 0370 333 1181

https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/marble-hill-house/