One of London’s most prized heritage homes is becoming available for free tours and special events to celebrate its centennial year! Join the Heritage London Foundation in bringing London’s history to life.
Join us at the Elsie Perrin Williams Estate as we take a step back in time to explore London’s most prized heritage property.
The celebration includes free tours of the estate alongside numerous events to preserve the property for our city:
- An Open House tour of the estate
- A public talk by award-winning author Jennifer Robson
- A discussion on World War I poetry by Professor David Bentley
- A public talk on London’s Evolving Architecture
- The Cityscape 150 Art and Photography Contest
- A piano concert from the Aeolian’s own Clark Bryan and Marion Miller
Take a Free Open House Tour
One of London’s oldest and intriguing estates will be open for the public in mid-November. Walk the same steps as London’s high society from a century before.
Built in the late 19th Century and developed over the decades, it came to be known as Windermere in 1894 before passing into Elsie Perrin Williams’ hands in 1903—just over a decade before the Great War pulled Canada into strife.
The entire estate will be open to the public to celebrate at these times:
- Mondays through Fridays, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
- Saturdays and Saturdays: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tour the grounds where Hadley Williams walked a century ago and ask us about its hidden gems!
Poetry of the First World War: November 11th
Join the city in a discussion of early twentieth-century poetry read by Western University’s own D.M.R. Bentley, Professor of English Literature.
Feel the hope, fear, and determination of a generation defined by sacrifice and unspoken love. This is for everyone who loves Downton Abbey or Passchendaele, and will open the door to one of the most popular eras in Canadian history.
Guest Speaker and Best-Selling Author Jennifer Robson: November 12th
Sunday November 12th, 2:00 – 4:30 pm
Jennifer Robson is an award-winning historical fiction author who has captivated minds across Canada with historical fiction novels set during the Great War.
She went to school right here in London, Ontario, at King’s College, and has served as an historical guide in Europe following graduation—most notably at Vimy Ridge, France. Let her paint a picture of London and Canada in 1917, describing what our great-grandparents would have experienced.
Her books include:
- Somewhere in France
- Goodnight from London
- Moonlight Over Paris
- After the War is Over
- Fall of Poppies
We may even get a sneak peak at her latest book project with a public reading. Join us in stepping back through time with one of London’s own celebrated international author. Tickets will be $15. Bring books if you want them signed!
London in 1867: Illustrated Architecture with Dan Brock
Wednesday November 15th, 7:30 pm
London’s own celebrated historian Dan Brock is going to take us back to Canada’s year of confederation in celebration of London’s part in Canada’s 150th birthday.
Follow him into the past to bring the 19th-century city to life. Tickets are only $15!
Heritage Quiz Night and The Cityscape 150 Art and Photo Contest
Alongside Dan Brock’s talk will be a quiz about London’s heritage and the culmination of London’s Cityscape 150 Art and Photography Contest. We can’t wait to see the final submissions.
We’ll be handing out prizes for the contest winners at 7:00 pm. See you there!
Piano Concert “Soiree a Quatre Mains”: November 25th
Saturday November 25th, 7:30 pm
End Centennial Week on a high note with a piano concert of music from the early 20th century, and pieces inspired by the Great War. Listen to the gems of the French piano duet repertoire Clark Bryan and Marion Miller from The Aeolian.
Remember: touring the Elsie Perrin Williams Estate is free! You can support the estate’s upkeep with a $15 tick for individual events, or attend all of them for $50. We can’t wait to see you there!
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