The Diamond Jubilee Gardens were established and opened in 2012 and located on the site of the former Twickenham Lido. The gardens were transformed, after 30 years of neglect, as part of Richmond Council’s regeneration of Twickenham. The gardens were officially opened on 23 June 2012 by Princess Alexandra.
Launched in June 2011 by Lord True, Leader of the Council, The Frame is a changing display of artwork inspired by Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth Project and created by young people and community groups working with Orleans House Gallery. The aim is to showcase and enjoy local creative talent with a link to the area’s rich heritage. The changing display has encompassed the following works:
- The Thames at Twickenham is one of three local sweeping panoramic scenes painted by Tillemans during the 1720s and is the earliest complete topographical view of this river frontage. Assisted by artist Rachel Craddock young people created a modern day pastiche of the Tillemans landscape.
- Swim was inspired by the Diamond Jubilee Gardens Lido pool heritage and linked to 1920s and 30s poster design. Young people worked with Artist-in-Residence Nathalie Palin.
- Floral Map (2013) is a 21st century collaborative ‘map’ of the area celebrating the rich cultural heritage of the architecture, parks and gardens all around us. Young people worked with artist Emily Allchurch and took inspiration from visits to Kew Gardens and 18th century topographical prints of Richmond upon Thames.