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Restoration of The Great Pagoda
October 19, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm£5
Talk by the Royal Historic Palaces about the project to conserve the ‘Great Pagoda’
Speakers : Dr Lee Prosser and Polly Putnam, Historic Buildings Curators at Historic Royal Palaces
Venue: The National Archives, Kew, Richmond. TW9 4DU
Doors open at 6.30, talk starts at 7pm (ending by 8.30pm)
Parking available via Bessant Drive
The Kew Society is delighted to have been offered the opportunity to hear more about the project to conserve the Great Pagoda. This is a two-year restoration project to return the building to its former glory. The Pagoda is expected to reopen to the public in 2018.
Kew’s iconic Pagoda was completed in 1762. The ten storey octagonal structure is 163ft high (almost 50 meters) The Pagoda was one of the jewels in the crown of Georgian London and designed at the height of the 18th century craze for Chinoiserie. The original building was very colourful; the roofs being covered with varnished iron plates, with a dragon on each corner. There were 80 dragons in all, each carved from wood and gilded with real gold. The completed project will offer one of the earliest and finest birds eye views of London.
Please come along, tickets will be available at the door on the night.
Kew Society Members: £3
Non members: £5