The Pre-Raphaelites and the Hogsmill River

September 29 at 6 pm

Kingston Museum

Join us at Kingston Museum for the first in a series of events inspired by our latest exhibition: Creative Flow: Kingston, Art and the River.

According to popular history, in 1848 a group of rebellious young artists were disillusioned with the art being produced by the Royal Academy. They wanted to break with traditional studio painting and vowed to revolutionise British art. Part of their ethos was ‘truth to nature’ so every detail had to be painted direct from life. Thus, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was born.

Two members of the group, John Everett Millais and William Holman Hunt, had known and visited Ewell from childhood, therefore when searching for locations for some of their most important works in 1851, they naturally gravitated towards this sleepy town where friends and family still resided. The Hogsmill River provided just the settings they were looking for.

In this talk, Dr Glenda Youde will tell the story of the Pre-Raphaelites and the Hogsmill River using Millais’s and Hunt’s own words, their works painted in the vicinity, and her own experience of walking in their footsteps in February 2020.

Admission costs £8.00 and includes a ticket to Dr Glenda Youde's talk on 'The Pre-Raphaelites and the Hogsmill River', exclusive 'after-hours' access to Kingston Museum's new Creative Flow: Kingston, Art and the River exhibition and a complimentary glass of white wine or soft drink. Space is limited, so places must be booked in advance.

Book tickets on Eventbrite


Maldens and Coombe Heritage Society, monthly evening meeting, speaker to be announced.  

Wednesday, 27 September. 

7:00 pm

New Malden Baptist Church, 1a Westbury Road, New Malden, Surrey KT3 5BE

Museum Curator's Talk and tour of Kingston Museum

Saturday 16th September

Session one: 11am

Session two: 2pm

drop in - no booking required

As part of Kingston Festival and Open House weekend, join Curator Stephanie Chapman as she takes you on a tour of the interior and exterior of Kingston Museum, focussing on the building and its architectural features. Purpose-built as a Museum in 1904, discover details such as an early coal post, seventeenth century stained glass and an unusual depiction of the Queen of May.

This drop in tour and talk of Kingston Museum is around 30 minuets in duration.

Museum opeining times 10am.- 5pm - Thursday, Friday & Saturday


Rob Eyre-Brook talk on Fishponds Park

Thursday 14th September 2023

Friends of Kingston Museum and Heritage -  Fishponds House and Fishponds Park—centuries of history by Rob Eyre-Brook, long standing resident of Fishponds House and Chair of the Friends of Fishponds. '

Rob Eyre-Brook, who has lived in Fishponds House for over 25 years and researched the history of the house and the park, will give a brief presentation from when the park was part of Kingston Common, through years of clay extraction for brick making, through Regency and Victorian gentrification up to the present day'.

Booking TBC

Cinema in Kingston

Tuesday 5 th September 

Surbiton and District Historical Society 

”Cinema in Kingston” Carolynne Cotton from Kingston History Centre with the film”Cinema in Kingston” a result of the oral history project in 2022. 

The meeting will be at the CornerHOUSE, 116 Douglas Rd. KT6 7SB. The doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm. A bar is available for drinks, tea and coffee.