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Last updated on 07 November 2017.

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Patrons: Monty Don, Kim Wilkie

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Our first newsletter covers project status, fund-raising events, a discussion about Pope and gardening and a paper on the fate of Pope’s Skull: Newsletter no. 1.

In Newsletter no. 2 we sadly report the death of Tony Beckles Willson without whom Pope's Grotto would have remained neglected. Inside there are reports on the status of our conservation project and on our last symposium. You can also read articles on two other local grottos and the 'Nine Ladies of Crux Easton'.

Newsletter no. 3 contains the news of our recent Heritage Lottery Grant, a report on the recent laser-scanning of the grotto, an article on the second Grotto at Marble Hill House and “The Residence of the Muses”: a paper on 18th century literary life in Twickenham.

Newsletter no. 4 announces the completion of the conservation and lighting of the South Chamber of Pope's Grotto and an article on "Pope's mortal blow" - Pope's satirical diatribe against formal baroque gardens which may have been instrumental in starting the English Landscape Garden movement.

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In the news

This is an article about the restoration project in the Daily Telegraph (15th September 2015) by Victoria Lambert: “Inside Alexander Pope's hidden grotto”.

Read this article from the Observer (8th May 2016) about our project: “Hope springs eternal: project to save Alexander Pope’s secret grotto”.

Here’s an excellent article in the London Review of Books blog by Mary Wellesley (4th August 2016): “In Pope’s Grotto

Hyperallegenic, an online magazine based in New York, has a good article about us here: “Restoring Alexander Pope’s Glinting Grotto to Its Former Glory”.

A couple of articles about our project have been published in 2 local magazines, not available on the web: The Friends of Tabley House (Cheshire) Newsletter February 2016, and An Baner Kernewek (The Cornish Banner), August 2016.  The latter is a long-standing Cornish cultural magazine. The connection with Pope’s Grotto is made via Dr William Borlase of Ludgvan, who supplied Pope with Cornish minerals for his last building phase.



June 2018

The Grotto will be open during Saturdays in the Twickenham Festival.