Bringing stories of Richmond’s experience of the Second World War to life

Richmond-at-War-dramatic-reading-12 Oct 2015 A5 -4We are very excited to announce that the first event in our autumn season will be a collaboration with an  amateur theatre group based in Kew. Q2 Players will bring to life some of local residents’ experiences of Richmond during the Second World War.

Q2 Players will be giving a dramatised reading, based on eyewitness accounts from Simon Fowler’s new book Richmond at War 1939-1945 at Duke Street Church, Richmond at 8pm on Monday 12 October.

The event is free to members of the Richmond Local History Society or of Q2 Players. Non-members are welcome and can pay £4 on the door.

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Norman Radley 1921-2015

Norman Radley, who was then our Chairman, in 14 October 2002

We are sorry to announce that Norman Radley, Vice-President and former Chairman of the Richmond Local History Society, died on Wednesday 16 September, a few days after celebrating his 94th birthday.

A Humanist cremation ceremony for Norman will be held at the South West Middlesex Crematorium, Hounslow Road, Hanworth, Feltham TW13 5JH on Friday 9 October at 1pm. Anyone who wishes to pay their respects to him is most welcome. The family have requested no flowers but anyone who would like to make a personal donation should make out a cheque to Norman’s daughter Pauline Radley who will share the amount between two local charities.

Norman succeeded Iris Bolton as the Society’s Chairman and was elected at our AGM in May 1995. He served eight years as our Chairman, retiring at the AGM in May 2003, when he was succeeded by David Blomfield.

Norman had “a true passion for borough history” as this Richmond and Twickenham Times article, published in 2004, explains.

Read more about Norman Radley and his contribution to our work.

 Other forthcoming talks

Our talks programme has now been finalised up to November 2016. Find out more and see our complete calendar of all events

Richmond’s refugee crisis

75 years ago, on 12 September 1940, hundreds of refugees from the East End arrived at short notice  in Richmond. They did not receive a warm welcome. Find out more.

The Battle of Britain 75 years on – Richmond and the Second World War

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Bomb damage in Peldon Avenue. Photo courtesy of Richmond Local Studies Library and Archives

To mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, The Museum of Richmond has collaborated with the Richmond Local History Society to mount an exhibition on Richmond’s experience of the Second World War. The exhibition runs from 15 September 2015 until early March 2016. It is accompanied by a new Richmond Local History Society publication, Richmond at War 1939-1945, by Simon Fowler.

Read more from Simon about Richmond’s experience of WWII

Our new book: Richmond at War 1939-1945

Richmond at War coverRichmond at War 1939-1945 is the Society’s latest publication, telling the story of life in the town during the Second World War. A series of raids saw the deaths of 98 civilians and damage to ten thousand buildings. The book also looks at some of the hush-hush activities in Richmond Park. There are stories of heroism, tragedy and good humour based on the memories of the men, women and children who were there.

You can buy it at the Society’s meetings at £5 (non-members £6.50) or online. Our online prices include postage and packing.

There will be a dramatised reading from the book at Duke Street Baptist Church, Richmond at 8pm on Monday 12 October.


Richmond at War 1939-45

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Forthcoming conferences

The 50th Local History Conference of the London & Middlesex Archaeological Society will take place on Saturday 21 November 2015 at the Museum of London. The theme is Middlesex: Our Lost County with a wide range of talks. Find out more

The 2016 West London Local History Conference will be held on Saturday 19 March at the University of West London with the theme Children in West London History. More information will be available later.


The Richmond RoversIn The Know: The Society’s winning team

The Society’s team, Richmond Rovers, came top of the league at the borough-wide local history quiz on 2 September at Richmond’s Old Town Hall.  Find out more

Flying the Society’s flag in Kew, Ham and Richmond

The Society was formed on 24 June 1985. Our presence this summer at four key local fairs and fetes shows that thirty years on we are still going strong.

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Our stand at the Kew Horticultural Society annual show, September 2015

The Society had stalls at the Kew Horticultural Society’s annual show at Kew Green on Saturday 5 September, at the Kew Fete on Saturday 20 June and at Richmond’s May Fair on Saturday 9 May.

Ham Amenities Group’s stand at the Ham Fair on Saturday 13 June included several Richmond Local History Society items.

Find out more and see more photographs

 Who we are – and how we got here

The Society has a new President – Dr David Blomfield.

Robert Smith, who has been acting in the role since November 2014, was elected Chairman at the Society’s AGM on Monday 18 May 2015.

Simon Fowler is the new editor of our annual journal, Richmond History.

Find out more

Our journal, Richmond History: a new issue and a new, free, online index

Cover 2015The 36th issue of our annual journal, Richmond History – featuring, for the first time, a full-colour illustration on the cover – has been published.  Find out more

A free index to articles that have been published in Richmond History is now available online.  Find out more

From the Journal tab on our website menu you can also find out more about each issue of Richmond History from no 28 onwards.

Copies of Richmond History can also now be ordered online. You can pay using your debit or credit card or via PayPal. Find out more on our Bookshop page

Other resources linked to our website

Richmond Old Burial Ground

Richmond Old Burial Ground

The Museum tab on our website menu will take you to the Museum of Richmond website.

From the Resources tab you can also access Stephen Orr’s website The Vineyard, Richmond: An Online History and links to Richmond Poor Law Union application and report books held at Surrey History Centre, where over 103,000 names of people applying for poor relief in Richmond Poor Law Union between 1870 and 1912,  are now searchable, free of charge.

Richmond Old Burial Ground, close to Richmond Park, was first opened for burials in 1856. Most of the burials took place over the next 60 years. Over 1000 graves, recording the deaths of more than 2000 people, have been photographed and the inscriptions noted by a group of volunteers. A list has now been published on this website. Find out more