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SOLD OUT Emma Hamilton Society Afternoon in Pinner

Sunday 13 May 12:30 - 4:00PM

An afternoon of historical discovery in scenic Pinner, west London.  Event organised by Emma Hamilton Society in conjunction with Pinner Local History Society

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Itinerary 

12:30PM meet and greet plus buffet lunch, Verden Gallery on the first-floor of West House (the former home of Emma & Nelson’s grandson Nelson Ward). 

Short talks: Beyond Gérin: Emma & Nelson’s descendants in Pinner by Lily Style (descendant & Emma Hamilton Society Chair) and Horatia’s Locations in Pinner by a member of Pinner Local History Society. 

1:30PM  presentation of new, detailed analysis of Emma Hamilton’s handwriting by Martin Hastings, British Academy of Graphology who will also reference his findings about Nelson.

2:30PM walk to Elmdene, where Horatia lived, then on to Paines Lane Cemtery to lay a bouquet on her grave.

4PM Queen’s Head pub, where according to biographer Winifred Gérin, Horatia’s daughter Eleanor Philippa Ward was taken after a cart horse fatally kicked her in 1872 (bar purchases optional and not included in the ticket price).

News and Events

SHAPPI KHORSANDI

MISTRESS AND MISFIT

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2018 SPRING TOUR

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★★★★ - The Times

 “Mistress and Misfit is a history class you shouldn’t skip” –The List

A thoughtful observer of the multicultural cracks in modern Britain,” ★★★★– The Scotsman

 “Mistress and Misfit is all around entertainment that is both hilarious and enlightening” ★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

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Shappi Khorsandi presents England's unsung heroine, Emma, Lady Hamilton. For too many years she has been known as just Nelson's mistress, a bit of a harlot (you get one job in a brothel and bang goes your reputation). Women's lib wasn't a thing in Georgian times. Emma moved mountains to haul herself from scullery maid to Lady Hamilton ... and yes, she occasionally danced naked on tables to get ahead in life, but who hasn't? As a fellow naked dancer on tables, Shappi raises a glass to the woman England betrayed. 

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Star of 2017’s series of ITV’s ‘I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here’, Live At The Apollo, Have I Got News for You and Q.I. Shappi Khorsandi is back on the road with her 2017 sell out Edinburgh Festival Fringe show ‘Mistress and Misfit’, travelling to 50 venues across the UK this spring, including 4 nights at London’s Soho Theatre in February and March. Please find a full list of tour dates and listings information below. 

Shappi is a best-selling author having released ‘A Beginners Guide to Acting English’ in 2009, followed by her fantastic critically acclaimed debut novel ‘Nina Is Not OK’, published by Ebury in July 2016 and released in paperback in February 2017.  

Shappi has notched up numerous high profile television appearances including; Live At The Apollo (BBC ONE), Channel 4’s Comedy Gala At The O2 (Channel 4, 2010 - 2016), Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow (BBC ONE), The Graham Norton Show (BBC ONE), Have I Got News For You (BBC ONE) and her own Comedy Store Special for Comedy Central. She also had the honour of being nominated at the prestigious British Comedy Awards in the Best Female Comic category up against fellow nominee’s Jo Brand and Sarah Millican.  Shappi has also appeared as a panelist on ITV1's Loose Women and BBC ONE’s Question Time. 

Since 2015, Shappi has held the role of President of Humanists UK (previously the British Humanists Association). 

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www.shappi.co.uk / @shappikhorsandi / www.offthekerb.co.uk / @OffTheKerb

For all press enquiries, press tickets, interview requests and images please contact:

Alison Peters or Hannah Allan at Alison Peters PR 

alison@alisonpeterspr.com 07810 238 851 / hannah@alisonpeterspr.com 07903 539 829

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SHAPPI KHORSANDI – SPRING TOUR 2018

Friday, 26th January 2018

Saturday, 27th January 2018

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Thursday, 1st February 2018

Friday, 2nd February 2018

Saturday, 3rd February 2018

Friday, 9th February 2018

Saturday, 10th February 2018

Sunday, 11th February 2018

Thursday, 15th February 2018

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Sunday, 18th February 2018

Thursday, 22nd February 2018

Tuesday, 27th February 2018

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Thursday, 1st March 2018

Friday, 2nd March 2018

Saturday, 3rd March 2018

Thursday, 8th March 2018

Friday, 9th March 2018

Saturday 10th March 2018

Sunday, 11th March 2018

Thursday, 15th March 2018

Friday, 16th March 2018

Saturday, 17th March 2018

Thursday, 22nd March 2018

Friday, 23th March 2018

Sunday, 25th March 2018

Thursday, 29th March 2018

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Friday, 13th April 2018

Saturday, 14th April 2018

Sunday, 15th April 2018

Thursday, 19th April 2018

Saturday, 21st April 2018

Thursday, 26th April 2018

Friday, 27th April 2018

Saturday, 28th April 2018

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Friday, 4th May 2018

Saturday, 5th May 2018

Sunday, 6th May 2018

Friday, 11th May 2018

Saturday, 12th May 2018

Monday, 14th May 2018

Thursday, 24th May 2018

Friday, 25th May 2018

Saturday, 26th May 2018

Sunday, 27th May 2018

Thursday, 31st May 2018

 

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Friday, 1st June 2018

Wednesday, 2nd June 2018

Thursday, 7th June 2018

Friday, 8th June 2018

Monday, 11th June 2018

Bath, Theatre Royal 

Southampton, NST Campus 

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 Henley On Thames, Kenton Theatre

Milton Keynes, The Stables

Leeds, City Varieties Music Hall

Chelmsford, Civic Theatre 

Didcot, Cornerstone

Bristol, Old Vic Theatre

Leicester, The Little Theatre 

Stockton, ARC

Shrewsbury, Theatre Severn 

Epsom, Playhouse

London, Soho Theatre (Downstairs)

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London, Soho Theatre (Downstairs)

London, Soho Theatre (Downstairs)

London, Soho Theatre (Downstairs)

Norwich, Playhouse

Norwich, Playhouse

Lincoln, Performing Arts Centre

Peterborough, Key Theatre

Glasgow, Citizens Theatre

Whitehaven, Rosehill Theatre

Keswick, Words By The Water Festival

Buxton, Pavilion Arts Centre

Newbury, Corn Exchange

Birmingham, The Old Rep Theatre

Cardiff, The Glee Club

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Hertford, Hertford Theatre

Chesham, Elgiva

Northampton, The Royal 

Andover, The Lights

Reading, South Street Arts Centre

Nottingham, The Glee Club

Colchester, Arts Centre

Bangor, Pontio

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Derby, Guildhall

Stourbridge, Town Hall

Monmouth, Savoy Theatre

Cambridge, Junction

Farnham, Maltings

Bury St Edmunds, The Apex

Swindon, Arts Centre

Maidstone, Hazlitt Theatre

Watford, Palace Theatre

Newport (IOW), Medina Theatre

Sheffield, Leadmill

 

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Salford Quays, The Lowry

Bracknell, South Hill Park Arts Centre

Tunbridge Wells, Trinity Theatre

Winchester, Theatre Royal 

Bridgewater, Arts Centre

Neston Visit, 21 April 2017

The 1805 Club were invited to pay a second visit to Neston where Emma Hamilton was christened, to coincide with the Emma exhibition at The National Maritime Museum (NMM), Greenwich by Cllr Pat Kynaston, Neston Town Councillor and Dr Geoff Wright.

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We met at 12.00pm at The Ship Hotel for Morning Coffee before being taken by minibus to ‘The Jug and Bottle’ for an excellent celebratory Emma lunch, where we were formally welcomed by Cllr Kynaston from Neston and Peter Warwick, 1805 Chairman.  Lunch lasted until late afternoon, concluding with a very good short talk about Emma Hamilton by Dr Quintin Colville of The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich and The Curator of Emma, Seduction and Celebrity there.

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We were taken back to The Ship to relax or walk along the foreshore of The Dee Estuary, which was lovely as it was easy to think of Emma and her family having been there.

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In the evening we were taken to the wonderful Neston Town Hall for The Evening Talk by Dr Colville about both Emma, the real person and Emma, Seduction and Celebrity exhibition.  Neston Town Hall was packed with local people, which showed how pleased they were to have Dr Colville come to speak.  Neston Council had worked with NMM to put on an excellent exhibition to look at.  We were given a most interesting illustrated presentation, that told the real story of Emma from a child in Neston, her time in London and especially about all the years she was in Naples and when she was so valuable to England and The Royal Navy  due in large to her close connections with The Queen of The Two Sicily’s and her family.  Without Emma’s help the British Fleet would not have been victualled and able to sail to win The Battle of The Nile – the victory that transformed Nelson into a super hero.

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After Peter Warwick had thanked Dr Colville, Dr Wright said he had something to present to Dr Colville that he needed to explain first.  He told us about connections of Emma’s forebears The Kidds of Moor Hall in village called Madeley, Cheshire where they were Yeoman farmers. He then mentioned Charles Greville, who took Emma in when she was in dire straights and later sent Emma aged twenty-one with her Mother to Naples because he had connections with Madeley too.  Charles Greville is descended from Faulke Robert Greville 1642 – 1710 but another descendent is Dr Colville.  It is possible that Dr Colville, Charles Greville and Emma Hamilton all have forebears from Madeley that may have met over 200 years ago.  One could have heard a pin drop in Neston Town Hall as Dr Wright presented Dr Colville with a framed Family Tree for him for posterity.  

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We were then treated to refreshments with food that would have been available 200 years ago whilst mingling with the locals – a lovely end to a very special evening.  All returned to The Ship to reminisce over the fantastic day that we had enjoyed.

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On Saturday morning we attended a service at St Mary’s Church, Neston where Emma was baptised.  The font she was christened in is still there but the original church fell down and was rebuilt in Victorian times.  The Sea and Marine Cadets were in attendance with us which was lovely.  On entering St Mary’s we all gathered by the font where Peter Warwick spoke and then laid flowers before Rev Dawson led a special service including a 18th century hymn that Emma may have known.

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After the service we went to Ness where the Memorial Anvil placed by 1805 to mark the 200 years since Emma’s death.  Cllr Kynaston laid flowers to mark this visit.  After we returned to Neston Town Hall for a very jolly Saturday lunch before all went their own ways to home. 

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We are all very grateful to Pat, Geoff and helpers as well Neston Town Council for making the 1805 visit so successful, interesting and most enjoyable.

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Genevieve 

May 2017

Dr Quintin Colville delivery his talk about Emma

Dr Quintin Colville receiving his Greville family tree from Dr Geoff Wright (the family tree with kind permission from Quintin and Geoff is included at the end of this report)

1805 Club Chairman Peter Warwick meeting the Sea Cadets outside St Mary’s

Cllr Kynaston laying flowers on Emma’s anvil monument