Unbuilt London

Tuesday January 30th at 19.30

A talk that guarantees you will never look at London in the same way

By Matt Brown

Imagine the Vatican relocating to London, or a model Mars colony on the Jubilee line, or a fungus farm under Tottenham Court Road. Joke? Not really. These are all ideas for London that have been considered over the years.

In a talk that guarantees you will never look at London in the same way, author and journalist Matt Brown will illuminate some of the extraordinary schemes that didn’t make it past the planners. These include several ideas about the Thames - one of which involved moving the river a mile to the south…

Matt has been writing professionally about the capital since 2005. He's served as first editor, then editor-at-large of Londonist, a web site dedicated to the history and culture of London. His recent books include London Night and Day and Everything You Know About London Is Wrong. Matt likes to dip into the hidden histories of London, unearthing long-lost stories from newspaper archives, or exploring the parts of the capital not normally accessible, such as sewers, rooftops and basements.

The Unbuilt London idea originated from an article in the Londonist where the tube map of London was rejigged to show some of the wackier schemes that had been considered for the capital. It became one of the most popular articles ever posted on the site, and is now a regular feature.
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Attend the talk

All Talks by the Thames take place at The Pier House. £3.00 per person for non members, FREE to all members. Thinking about becoming a member?

You can turn up on the day and pay without booking.

Chiswick Pier Trust
The Pier House, Corney Reach Way, London, W4 2UG

Tel: 020 8742 2713
Email: trust@chiswickpier.org.uk
Download transport connections and map.

Bridges that Built London

Tuesday 27 February at 19.30

The folklore and ecology of Thames bridges – including worship, murder and magic.

By Chris Roberts

The talk will look at how London developed and is shaped by its bridges; the folklore and ecology of the Thames as well as its literary associations and, finally, worship, murder and magic around the Thames and, more specifically, Chiswick Pier.

In a sense the old city of London is defined by the first London Bridge, and the stretch of the river valley we today know as the London Thames is by the bridges that link communities on either side of the river. The bridges help to establish not only the physical shape of London but ask questions about the scale and concept of the city itself. Each bridge has its own contribution to make to the development of the city. They also affect the ecology, tidal flow and add to existing folklore of a river which was a place of worship long before Romans came and remains so to this day.

These are the tales the bridges (and river) tell informing our sense of what London is, what is to be a Londoner.

Chris Roberts is a writer, librarian and London tour guide. He created the London liars’ tours and has four published books including Cross River Traffic – a history of London’s Bridges. He also set up and edited the 21st Century Penny Dreadful –One Eye Grey- that combined his interest in London, folklore, the Thames and noir fiction.

Attend the talk

All Talks by the Thames take place at The Pier House. £3.00 per person for non members, FREE to all members. Thinking about becoming a member?

You can turn up on the day and pay without booking.

Chiswick Pier Trust
The Pier House, Corney Reach Way, London, W4 2UG

Tel: 020 8742 2713
Email: trust@chiswickpier.org.uk
Download transport connections and map.

A virtual visit to the foreshore

Tuesday 27 March at 19.30

A Virtual visit to the foreshore habitat at Chiswick

By Brenna Boyle, Wild Capital

Sit back and enjoy a virtual tour of your local stretch of Thames foreshore. When the tide goes out a range of wildlife is temporarily revealed. Glimpse numerous species of invertebrate and fish which hide out under rocks or in shallow water. Discover how birds utilise this tidal habitat and learn tips to better identify them from both appearance and sound. Meet some of the mammals that can be encountered down by the river. Understand how the composition of animals found in this environment has changed over time and will continue to change into the future. This engaging talk will equip you with knowledge and skills to get more enjoyment from a visit to the Thames at low tide in the future.

Brenna Boyle is a zoologist, wildlife guide and environmental teacher. She runs Wild Capital delivering guided nature walks, adult learning courses and family wildlife clubs. She is also a teacher for the Thames Explorer Trust and the Creekside Education Trust. Brenna has been working on the Thames for 12 years.

Attend the talk

All Talks by the Thames take place at The Pier House. £3.00 per person for non members, FREE to all members. Thinking about becoming a member?

You can turn up on the day and pay without booking.

Chiswick Pier Trust
The Pier House, Corney Reach Way, London, W4 2UG

Tel: 020 8742 2713
Email: trust@chiswickpier.org.uk
Download transport connections and map.