Events - Spring 2024

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Monday 11 March 2024 

“Gertrude Jekyll and Munstead Wood: The house of the 'artist-gardener'" by Dr Caroline Ikin 


In April 2023, the National Trust purchased Munstead Wood, the Grade 1 listed home and garden of Gertrude Jekyll which is now the subject of fundraising for conservation and repair prior to opening to the public. It is the place where from the 1890's until her death in 1932 Jekyll's influence on garden design spread nationally andinternationally, often in collaboration with local architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. This talk will explore Jekyll’s contribution to art, craft and gardening through the home she created at Munstead Wood, and will share some of the research currently being undertaken by the National Trust as the house and garden are restored and Jekyll’s extraordinary legacy is reappraised.


Dr Caroline Ikin is Curator at Munstead Wood.  She has previously worked in museums and for the Gardens Trust and her research interest is in nineteenth century art, architecture and gardens.

St Catherine’s Village Hall, Chestnut Avenue, Guildford, GU2 4HF at 2.30 pm Entry £7                 

Monday 15 April 2024 

“Stoke Manor and Parish” by Margaret Sharp

Our speaker has had a career in both the civil service and academia. She has also been involved in local Lib Dem politics, standing as a parliamentary candidate and later served in the House of Lords as a Lib Dem spokesperson on education and on various select committees until her retirement. Margaret now leads a U3A group on Exploring Local History and in this capacity has researched into the historically interesting and important part of Guildford namely the manor and parish of Stoke-next-Guildford. She will give us the benefit of this research in this talk.

St Catherine’s Village Hall, Chestnut Avenue, Guildford, GU2 4HF at 2.30 pm Entry £7

Special Event at the Guildhall

Secret Guildford

Saturday 6 April 2024

“A Call to Spy” - a 2019 feature film

The screenplay of this film is based on real events and agents – some of whom trained at Wanborough Manor. The film will be followed by a Q&A session with Carol Brown and Paul McCue, co-curators of the “Secret Guildford’ exhibition

The Guildhall, High Street, Guildford GU1 3AA from 2 pm to 5 pm (including interval and Q&A)  Entry £10