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Last updated on 11 December 2017.

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Patrons: Monty Don, Kim Wilkie

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Newsletter no. 1: Project status, fund-raising events, Pope and gardening and the fate of Pope’s Skull.


Newsletter no. 2: The status of our conservation project,our last symposium, other local grottos and the 'Nine Ladies of Crux Easton'.


Newsletter no. 3: Our recent Heritage Lottery grant, laser-scanning the grotto, 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: Completion of the conservation and lighting of the South Chamber and an article on "Pope's mortal blow".


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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.


Historical novelist, Lucy Roeber, has written and excellent article on the grotto in her blog: “The Season of Grottos”. Well worth reading.

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June 2018

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

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