Richmond’s links with North America
Did you know that Elihu Yale, whose philanthropy led to a leading American university to be named after him, lived on Richmond Green? Or that George Vancouver retired to Petersham and is buried in its parish churchyard?
Our booklet, Richmond’s Links with North America, tells stories about these and several other leading North American personalities who lived in Richmond or Petersham, and also about the Richmond Hill and Kew Gardens areas of New York City. Find out more.
Our next talk, on Monday 13 March, is on Richmond and the Right: The National Citizens Union, British Fascists and other fringe groups in the interwar period
Dr Steven Woodbridge, of Kingston University’s History department will explore and share his research expertise on some of the more controversial right-wing organisations that tried to win over Richmond’s citizens during the often turbulent years of the inter-war period, ranging from local middle-class protest groups to radical right and fascist movements. He will shine some interesting new light on some of the darker and less familiar aspects of Richmond’s political and social history in the two decades between the Wars.
Coming up: minding your Ps in 2017
West London Local History Conference 2017
The 2017 West London History Conference, on Saturday 25 March, will be on Making Connections: Travel and Communications in West London History. The prices for this popular event have been held at the same level as last year – just £15 – but tickets need to be booked in advance. To book, please email Liz Velluet.
Ham is Where the Heart is
Ham is Where the Heart is, the new Heritage Lottery-funded oral history project in Ham, is inviting you to bring in your photos and memorabilia for copying to go on to its new website. The project’s volunteers will be at Ham Library every Wednesday afternoon from 2pm to 4pm. Find out more.
Free exhibition until 25 February
The Georgian Group has a free exhibition Splendour – Art in Living Craftsmanship at its Fitzroy Square townhouse (nearest tube station: Warren Street) until 25 February. On Saturdays various craftsmen will demonstrate their skills and there are family workshops on Sundays. Find out more
“Bright, brief and brotherly” – how the Pleasant Afternoon Society revitalised services in a Richmond church
What’s new: other recent additions to our Resources pages
Have you noticed the lettering on the house on Lower Mortlake Road where it meets Kew Road at Richmond Circus? The two intertwined initials WS, dated 1853, are the monogram of William Selwyn the younger. The house is one of the few remaining relics of the Selwyn Estate which used to cover a considerable area of Richmond. You can now read more about the Selwyn family and the development of Richmond on our Resources pages.
Five books on the Second World War
Revised, and with a new title, Kew at War 1939–1945 by David Blomfield and Christopher May is now available at Kew Bookshop, at the Open Book in Richmond and from the Society’s online bookshop. Find out more about the book.
Our five publications on the Second World War – including a reissue of Petersham: radar and operational research 1940-1946 with a new illustrated cover – are all now available from our online bookshop. They’re also sold at the Open Book in Richmond, at Kew Bookshop and at The National Archives’ bookshop. And you can buy Richmond at War 1939-1945 from Sheen Bookshop and from the Visitor Information Centre outside Pembroke Lodge in Richmond Park.
Our journal, Richmond History
Former Richmond Council leader Sir David Williams writes in the most recent issue of our Richmond History journal about the Liberal Party’s rise locally in the 1970s. And Kingston University lecturer Dr Steven Woodbridge gives a history of the Richmond branch of the Junior Imperial League, a forerunner (between the First and Second World Wars) of the Young Conservatives. You can order our 2016 issue online, via PayPal, using a debit or credit card. Back copies of Richmond History still in print are also available to buy online.
Our 2017 issue, Richmond History 38, will be available in May.
Our free online index to articles in Richmond History covers all issues up to and including No. 36 (2015) and now includes a new author index.