As part of Haslemere Museum’s 130th anniversary celebrations, they are hosting a series of talks by their distinguished Museum patrons. On Thursday 18 October, join Loyd Grossman CBE FSA, for a fascinating insight into London’s eight Royal Parks.

Covering over 5,000 acres of historic parkland, the parks stretch from Richmond and Bushy in the southwest to Greenwich in the southeast. They attract 77,000,000 visitors a year more than all the national museums in London and twice as many as Disneyworld and Disneyland combined. The Royal Parks are home to an amazing variety of wildlife from deer to skylarks and an astonishing number of invertebrate species. Greenwich was the first park to be enclosed in 1433 and unsurprisingly among the Parks’ 177,000 trees are some of the most interesting in the country including the weeping beech in Kensington Gardens where Peter Pan fell asleep after his escape from the nursery! The Royal Parks is also privileged to look after the most important ceremonial spaces in the country, Horse Guards Parade and The Mall.

In July 2016, Loyd was appointed chairman of The Royal Parks and has a long association with the arts and heritage sectors. He is currently a patron of the Association for Heritage Interpretation and Heritage Open Days, is the President of the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) and since 2009 has been the Chairman of the Heritage Alliance – the UK membership organisation that represents more than 100 leading non-governmental organisations across the heritage sector. He has served on the Boards of a number of cultural institutions including English Heritage, the Museums and Galleries Commission and the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association.
He has also been a former Commissioner for the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England and has just completed nine years as Chairman of the Churches Conservation Trust. In 2015, Loyd was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to heritage.

This is a unique opportunity to learn more about the huge challenges ahead and discover more about London’s heritage.

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