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Chiswick House and Gardens

In 2018 we are marking a major milestone in women’s suffrage. One hundred years ago, with the passing of the Representation of the People Act, some women were given the right to vote in the national elections for the first time. To celebrate, we will be exploring the lesser known stories of the women who made Chiswick.

Discover these incredible women through our children’s trail around the House and Gardens. Join our family crafting activity inspired by Georgian tea parties. Make and embellish colourful teapot decorations inspired by the fashionable beverage, to be displayed in the festivities of our Garden party celebrations that will take place in July, and to take home. Drop-in sessions throughout the day. Children have free entry to the House every day.


The Women Who Made Chiswick
10.00am - 5.00pm, drop in sessions. Trail available all day.
Adults £7.50, Children free - More information

To mark 100 years since the passing of the Representation of the People Act,  we are exploring the lesser known stories of the women who made Chiswick – aristocratic ladies with money and great social influence, 18th-century business women taking on the building trade, and housekeepers ensuring the smooth running of the household. Although these women would never get to cast their vote, they left their mark on Chiswick House and Gardens.

Lady Burlington was a self-assured woman, secure in her position in society, and not afraid to express her opinion. Her financial security enabled her to become a patron of the arts and she became an artist in her own right. Lady Burlington also held a prestigious position in the Court of Queen Caroline as a Lady of the Bedchamber. Her duties at court often separated her from her two daughters, Dorothy and Charlotte, but they maintained a close relationship and family life revolved around Chiswick House.

Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, was an influential political hostess and a leader of fashion. She campaigned on behalf of the Whig party and, in the 1784 Westminster election, was accused of exchanging kisses for votes. Chiswick became a place where Georgiana and her family could enjoy simple pleasures away from the hustle and bustle of London. It was also a place for entertaining and she held lavish ‘breakfasts’ or fêtes in the house and gardens.

Join us for family crafting activities with drop in sessions through-out the day and take part in our children’s trail is discover more.


Chiswick House
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Chiswick House

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