Registered charity 276264

Ranelagh Garden

Event date | May 27, 2020

This online lecture will start at 6.30pm on Wednesday 27th May and you may join by computer, so that you can see the speaker and photographs, or by any telephone, where you can hear the speaker only (even an ordinary hard line telephone will work).

Over 200 years before 1914, Chelsea gardens hosted entertainments and exhibitions without equal. Ranelagh Gardens in the 18th century was the first Benthamite panopticon – a place for music and Mozart, where people came to listen, and to see and be seen. In the next century Cremorne filled a similar role; the gardens’ fireworks were famously depicted by James McNeill Whistler, though earlier ignored by Turner. The Royal Hospital hosted army and navy exhibitions in 1890 and 1890, leading to the founding of the Maritime Museum in Greenwich. Most famously the Royal International Horticultural Exhibition of 1912 brought to Chelsea from South Kensington and Regents Park – the flower show.

Jonathan King is Von Hȕgel Fellow at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge

1)      To join on your computer, I-pad or smartphone so that you can see the speaker and the photographs; Click here:

You should click on “Open Zoom Meeting” and then “Join with video” and then “Join with computer audio”. If you want, you will have the option to test that your computer speakers and microphone are working properly.  If you want to be seen you can click to activate your camera.

2)      If you do not have a computer, you can join by telephone to hear audio only  +44 203 481 5237 and enter Meeting ID: 934 2633 9374 when prompted to do so (Password: 671292)

This event is free to all members and will be followed by a “bring your own drinks” virtual reception where you can ask questions of the speaker and catch up with other members.

If you have any questions about the event or how to join on zoom, please contact

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