William Hogarth Trust
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Mulberry Garden Project update

The Trust is delighted to report that the Mulberry Garden Project at Hogarth’s House has been awarded £25,000 from Hounslow’s Community Infrastructure Levy grants fund and a further £25,000 from the Council Leader’s Green Fund. This fantastic news means that our fund-raising target is now down to about £135,000 to reach the £1.75m total.

The project urgently needs a sugar daddy or two. Working with the Hounslow Council grants team the Trust has been involved in 29 grant applic-ations since the summer of 2016. More funding bids are in the pipeline and we hope to experiment with crowd-funding for specific elements of the project later in 2018.

For many reasons, the programme is running rather later than planned. However, the contractor will shortly be appointed to construct the new learning studio, glasshouse and volunteers’ bothy and lay out the ‘exhibition garden’ at the House. Work is also due on repairs to the cracks in the Grade I Listed structure which occurred during building work on the housing estate next door, leading to the upper floors of the House being closed to visitors for some time. At present the bare garden is the sadhttp://williamhogarthtrust.org.uk/wp-admin/post.php?post=1560&action=edit#visibilitydest sight, but the transformation will be worth watching over the next 12 months or so!

George III & the Caricaturists

Sheila O’Connell, the Trust’s vice-chairman, will be giving a talk to the Friends of St Nicholas on 25 January at 7.00pm in the church. She was for more than thirty years a curator in the British Museum Department of Prints and Drawings, where she looked after their great collection of British satirical prints. Amongst her publications is The Popular Print in England. The talk should be fun since some of the caricatures of the King and his circle are among the most scurrilously witty ever drawn.

Entrance is £7.00 and £5.00 for concessions (and free for Friends of St Nicholas Church); doors will open at 6.30pm, and refreshments will be available.