William Hogarth Trust
registered charity no.1092251


Wyndham Westerdale, architect, 1955-2022

Our Chairman, Val Bott, writes:

Wyndham Westerdale fell in love with Hogarth’s House and spent a generous amount of time, some of it unpaid, on its conservation and refurbishment. He was introduced to the William Hogarth Trust by his colleagues, Charles Lawrence and David Wrightson, who founded what became AcanthusLW, the architects’ firm based in Chiswick’s Voysey House.

Wyndham and I, with advice from the late Treve Rosoman, worked closely on better understanding the Grade I Listed building in order to develop clear ideas for its refurbishment and its re-presentation to visitors. This was a really enjoyable process. While Wyndham drew up specifications for the work required I devised the storylines about its past use as a home and the range of people who had lived there, responding to discussions with visitors. This underpinned Hounslow Council’s grant bids, including to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Once the external funding had been promised Wyndham was appointed to run the contract. He ran the process smoothly and the House was ready for the installation of the displays and furnishings when a freak fire broke out in the middle of the night on 14 August 2009. We were able to rely on Wyndham’s calm and immediate response, devising a scheme for the repairs and the new Listed Building Consent application. He oversaw this work with great care and thoughtfulness. When I was awarded an MBE for services to the heritage (that is mainly for Hogarth’s House) Wyndham was one of my three guests at Buckingham Palace, along with my husband and our friend Sheila O’Connell, the then British Museum Hogarth expert, and we had a fabulous celebration lunch at The Wolseley afterwards.

Wyndham asked me to advise on another of his projects, at Hertford Brewery. Adjoining the industrial premises Sainsbury’s were building a substantial new supermarket; a planning condition was the creation of an interpretation scheme for the site and no-one seemed to be sure how to achieve this. Together we created what I believe is the first museum in a supermarket, with displays designed by David McCabe and Toni Marshall, and a fine collection of objects and advertising material from the Brewery’s collection. Another really enjoyable shared project.

When the Trust embarked on a new Hogarth’s House partnership with Hounslow Council, Wyndham and his colleagues were again involved. Steve Pike designed a remarkably handsome learning and events building, the Weston Studio, and Wyndham remained involved throughout the project. We met up on site in the late summer of 2021, sharing a goodbye hug, shortly before he embarked on his ambitious farewell trip to Scotland.

Wyndham’s colleague, Michael Watkins, prepared this personal tribute to share with colleagues


Celebrating 20 Years!

Our Trust was registered with the Charity Commission in 2002, so 2022 marks our 20th anniversary. We are proud of our achievements during that time, and these are listed below!

  • Launch of new charity, 2002, with donation of $10,000 from Hockney for High Road statue
  • Supporting Brentford & Chiswick LHS Local History month exhibitions at Hogarth’s House: Hogarth’s Chiswick, 2002 and Chiswick’s Pictures, 2003
  • Celebration of Centenary of the house opening as a museum, funded by £10,000 from Paul Getty Jnr and small grant from Hounslow Council 2004
    • Small exhibition about Chiswick c 1904 and campaign to save house
    • Tea party with Punch & Judy for William Hogarth schoolchildren, with an actor as WH and spectacular jellies and cakes by Chrissy and Rose Blake
    • Celebration party in marquee for stakeholders, supporters and potential supporters with posh raffle of Blake print of Pug
    • Lecture on the rude bits in Hogarth, James Wisdom
    • Centenary information sheet
  • Installation of information panel at Statue, funded by Soho House 2005
  • Acquisition of Letters Patent of 1757, conservation & showcase, grants and donations from LBH, ALM, Fullers, Friends of National Libraries 2005
  • Big Draw 2005 at the House with minuet dancers, artists etc,  and another Big Draw  event at St Nicholas 2006, run by Chrissy Blake
  • Purchase of Hogarth’s letter to Joshua Kirby £17,500 HLF & personal donors (£23,000) 2008
  • Fund-raising and oversight of refurbishment of Hogarth’s House, 2008-2011
  • Purchase of 18th century ceramics for display on loan in buffet of the House, 2011
  • Two gin tasting events and a gin/beer tasting event with Sipsmith and Fullers
  • Garrick’s urns – conservation of originals and creation of replicas for the gates, 2011-12
  • Two exhibitions HLF funded – The Brewer’s Art 2012, Chiswick’s Children 2013
  • Grant £100, for graphics in Cartoon Museum’s Hogarth’s London exhibition 2014
  • Commemoration of 250th anniversary of Hogarth’s death in 2014:
    • Marthe Armitage exhibition
    • Small Self exhibition, celebrity portraits with art workshops
    • Your Self exhibition, portraits by participants in workshops
    • Music and readings at St Nicholas, with high quality programme, readfings by Rosalind Knight and Lars Tharp
    • Flowers at Hogarth family tomb
    • Martin Rowson ‘modern pug’ mug for sale in House
  • In Georgian Footsteps, walking trail linking Hogarth’s House, Chiswick House and St Nicholas Church, funded by John & Ruth Howard Trust and LB Hounslow, 2018
  • Mulberry Garden 2015-2021
    • research for and development of concept for garden and learning studio
    • garden history exhibition and event to celebrate HLF grant 2015
    • fund-raising for Mulberry Garden project – 34 grant applications!
    • support from two trustees in recruitment of Learning Officer & Garden Manager
  • Crowd funding scheme to recreate the pets’ memorials for the garden, sculptor working on these 2021-22