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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. Or if you’d like to join our mailing list click here to sign up.

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

Events 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.

SEPTEMBER 2020

  • 22nd September 6:00pm – Restoring Marble Hill
    A talk by Rebecca Bennet on the work of the English Heritage Conservation Team. From Decant to reinstall, the collections and conservation team are on hand to ensure that each piece is treasured. Find out more from the English Heritage team about what is happening in the historic house at Marble Hill and its collection. Book a place on this zoom session here.
  • 27th September 2:00-3:00pm – Theatre in the Park
    Ignite Me Theatre company present screens created around disabilities and Covid.
  • 29th September 6:00pm – The black Walnut and its importance to Marble Hill
    The Black Walnut is one of the most treasured trees within Marble Hill and indeed the world. Find out more from Kate Slack, Marble Hill’s Head Gardener about what makes it so special and what we are doing on site to ensure it is celebrated.
    Book a place on this zoom session here.

OCTOBER 2020

  • 5th October 10:00-11:30am – A home for bees!
    Come to our free Zoom session to learn about the Marble Hill beehives, about some of the 270 UK species of bees, and how we can help them thrive. You will also learn to make a bee hotel from everyday materials.
    To join us on the FREE Zoom session, please email rachel.morrison@english-heritage.org.uk.
  • 18th October 10:00-1:00pm – Family Heritage Morning
    Views – what can you see? Learn more about the view from Richmond Hill and why Marble Hill Park played such an important role in its protection. Produce your own painting of a view that is special to you to take home. For more information and to book visit Marble Hill play centers.

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.

  • 22nd November 10:00-1:00pm Family Heritage Morning
    Chinoiserie. Explore how Henrietta decorated her home and make your own Chinoiserie inspired wall hanging to take home. For more information and to book visit Marble Hill play centers.

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/