Monday 24th June 2019 : Join us for a fascinating insight into but a few of the many heritage treasures on our doorstep in the Borough of Richmond.

Kate Pitt, English Heritage, will talk about Marble Hill House and Park's 'Marble Hill Revived' project. The planned new interpretation will re-animate the house with tales of the vibrant cast of characters around Henrietta Howard, from family members to visitors to pet dogs. English Heritage also plan to restore elements of Henrietta's lost garden, which lay directly between the house and the river.

Martyn Day local historian, will tell intriguing tales of Kilmorey Mausoleum and its occupants. The Mausoleum hides in a walled garden in St Margarets. The 2nd Earl of Kilmorey built this mausoleum in 1854 on a plot he had secured at Brompton Cemetery. The pink and grey Egyptian style mausoleum cost over £30,000 and was moved by the Earl two times before his death at the age of 92 in 1880.

Inside Burton

Our Heritage Project Manager, Emily Lunn, will talk about Sir Richard Francis Burton's tomb. Sir Richard Burton (1821-1890) was a renowned Victorian explorer and prolific author, he and his wife Isabella (neé Arundell) are buried in a large stone mausoleum in Mortlake. The mausoleum is built to look like an Arab tent and is created from thick slabs of York Stone from the Forest of Dean, with surfaces finished to simulate the irregularities of the canvas of a tent, originally lime-washed to achieve an even closer match. The stone door at the front of the tent was originally hinged but is now sealed shut.

The talks are free but DONATIONS would be very welcome to support our conservation work. Thank you.

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