Digital experience launch: revisit Chiswick House in 1925 when it was an asylum

28 Oct 2018

12 noon - 3pm

Chiswick House and Gardens

Burlington Lane,
W4 2RP

Image shows animation of long walkway surrounded by trees, with a greenhouse at the end.

In 1925, Chiswick House had two huge additional wings (since demolished) and was used by the Tuke brothers for their asylum, which was famous at the time for having a humane attitude to  residents compared to the standards of many places.

Drawing from images and archive records, we have created an interactive online digital experience, ‘Dear Drennan’ recreating what it was like to live at Chiswick House, and drawing from the words of G B Bartlett, whose correspondence survives from the time when he was a patient at the site.

As well as showing the story, there will also be characters from our animated film wandering Chiswick House Gardens for the event, interacting with visitors. It’s free to attend the launch (we’re in the café) and enter the gardens, but there is a charge to visit the house.


You can read access information for Chiswick House and Gardens here.

Letter from G B Bartlett to Professor Matthew Drennan

Statue of the sphinx surrounded by trees in Chiswich House Gardens

The gardens at Chiswick House