“It is a plaything-house... and it is the prettiest bauble you ever saw.”
Horace Walpole, June 1747


‘The Legacy and Ghost of Pope’, presented at Strawberry Hill House on 17 March 2017

On 17th March 2017 the Pope’s Grotto Preservation Trust and the Strawberry Hill Trust join forces at Strawberry Hill House, to present the symposium ‘The Legacy and Ghost of Pope’.

Kim Wilkie will be joined by leading academics, including: Professor Judith Hawley from Royal Holloway, University of London and Chris Sumner, architectural and garden historian who will discuss the literary hub at Twickenham in the 18th Century, the Thames landscape at that time and the major houses of the area. Work has already begun on the restoration of Alexander Pope’s Grotto.

There will be an up-date on the conservation and restoration of both Pope’s Grotto and Strawberry Hill House. There will also be an exclusive preview of the exciting digital reconstruction of the Grotto and there are some places for a tour of the grotto by candlelight after the symposium.

Fundraising carries on for the continued restoration and preservation of the Grotto and Strawberry Hill house. A proportion of the £35 ticket price will go towards the works required on these important historic sites and an auction will be held at the end of the event.