Posted on April 2, 2012
To mark the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, The Royal Ballet School’s White Lodge Museum is presenting a programme of public events to celebrate the rich heritage of White Lodge, a Grade I listed royal hunting lodge commissioned by George I in 1727, and home of the RBS since 1955.
The events include Let Everyone Sing and Dance, a concert of 18th-century ballet music by Janiculum, Handel, Bononcini, J C Bach, Pasquali and Anfossi. The concert will be held in the Salon at White Lodge on Thursday, May 3, at 7.30pm (White Lodge Museum will be open from 6.30pm and during the interval). Tickets cost £15 (£8 concessions), and this includes a glass of wine.
At 7.30pm on Thursday June 7, is an evening of illustrated talks titled Adorning nature: beauty and utility in Humphry Repton’s garden for White Lodge. The evening will be led by Catharine Ward Thompson, professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Edinburgh, who will explore the aesthetic theories behind the 18th-century English Landscape Garden Style. In addition, Chris Sumner, of the London Parks and Gardens Trust, will consider Richmond Park and surrounding aristocratic estates as a royal hunting landscape, and there will also be a tour of the White Lodge garden. Tickets cost £12.50 (£6.50 concessions), including a glass of wine, and the White Lodge Museum will again be open from 6.30pm and during the interval.
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Finally, on Saturday, June 9, White Lodge will be holding a Diamond Jubilee Open Day from 11.00am (last entry 4.00pm), where members of the public can drop in to White Lodge, bring a picnic, and enjoy a variety of royal-themed activities! These include a guided tour of the historic Fine Rooms and White Lodge Museum, where visitors can learn about the lives of past royal occupants, take part in historical dance workshops in the garden, and hear from “Lieutenant Des Barres of the 60th Regiment of Foot” about King George II’s military campaigns of 1759. Admission and all events are free of charge, as is the parking. No dogs please.
Photograph of White Lodge by BH&M Architects.