Coming up: minding your Ps in 2017
Our 2017 programme includes talks on a palace, a princess, poverty, pubs, public records, politics and playing sport.
Our next talk, on Monday 13 February, will be on Pubs and Breweries in Richmond.
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.
“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 to buy 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.