Monday, 11 November 2013


During the Regency and Victorian eras, the English were increasingly influenced by the expansion of Empire and trade. The London docks were flooded with treasures brought in from far flung climes - with spices, botanical and animal specimens, beautiful cloths, and objets d'art -  which then found their way to private homes or were exhibited in museums.  But what was the true cost of such a trade? Was price for the Exotic? 

ON 28th November, Essie Fox will be joining D E Meredith and Lloyd Shepherd to talk about The English and the Exotic. The event will begin at 7.30pm and will be held at East Sheen Library, Sheen Lane Centre, Sheen Lane, SW14 8LP. Tickets can be booked here.

The previous event in Windsor, held on November 9th (along with the fascinating Jane Johnson) was a great success. And just to give a taster of that and what to expect at Richmond, here are some  photographs (all taken by Becky Young, the official Thames Valley History Festival photographer) along with a sketch made by local Windsor artist, Cynthia Barlow Marrs.

Essie Fox

Lloyd Shepherd and D E Meredith

Lloyd Shepherd

Lloyd Shepherd, D E Meredith, Jane Johnson, and Essie Fox - sketch by Cynthia Barlow Marrs

As to what Lloyd is holding, and why, that's something you'll have to find out on the night. It's just one of our panel props, all of which had a remarkable influence on the history of the English when they ventured into the Exotic.