About The Kew Society

About The Kew Society

The Kew Society, which is more than 100 years old, is an influential organisation dedicated to enhancing the beauty and character of Kew with its historic legacy of buildings and green spaces.

In 1987 the Kew Society became a registered charity.

Main Aims of The Kew Society

Main Aims of The Kew Society

To review all planning applications in Kew with special regard to the architectural integrity and character of the neighbourhood.

To play an active role in the improvement of local amenities.

Keeping residents in touch with what is happening in their community.

To achieve its aims The Kew Society

To achieve its aims The Kew Society

Works closely with Local Government Councillors and the local Member of Parliament

Monitors all the planning applications and comments as needed

Makes representations to public and private organisations

Works with other organisations involved with local environmental issues including our green spaces, the towpath, pollution and aircraft noise.

Committee and Volunteers

Committee and Volunteers

The Kew Society is run by unpaid volunteers.  The Executive Committee meets eleven times a year while sub-committees look after particular areas of interest.

The Society organises community events including parties, picnics, lectures and outings and produces the Kew Society Newsletter with information about general local issues, events, planning matters and forthcoming activities.

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Event Information:

  • Wed
    7:00 pmThe National Archives

    Restoration of The Great Pagoda

    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 covered in a thin kind of glass in many colours. The completed project will offer one of the earliest and finest birds eye views of London.

    Please come along and tickets will be available at the door on the night - bring a friend or neighbour. 

    Kew Society Members: £3

    Non members: £5

    Pagoda DSCN5430a (1)

    Photo by Caroline Blomfield