Our next lecture is on Monday 10 November
This year marks the 300th anniversary of the Hanoverian accession. To mark the occasion, Dr Tracy Borman will explore the extraordinary characters and events of the Georgian era. This is when so many of our bad habits began: from gossip and gambling to coffee and chocolate. The Age of Addiction will be an illustrated talk, followed by a Q&A. Tracy will also bring along copies of her books to sign, including her forthcoming biography, Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII’s Most Faithful Servant.
The talk, which will be at Duke Street Church in Richmond TW9 1DH, starts at 8pm, with coffee available from 7.30. The talk is free to members. Visitors are welcome: admission £2.
- Read about our new series of lectures for the 2014/15 season, which includes talks on the National Jazz and Blues Festivals of the 1960s, Richmond Park as a royal hunting landscape and the Richmond experience of conscientious objection.
Richmond Poor Relief Indexes go online
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, on Surrey History Centre’s website at http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/recreation-heritage-and-culture/archives-and-history/archives-and-history-research-guides/poor-law-records/richmond-poor-law-union-application-and-report-books
Lend your mite for Britain’s might
In two War Savings Weeks in February 1941 and April 1942, Richmond raised nearly £900,000 for the war effort. Two scrapbooks at Richmond Local Studies Library show how the Weeks were organised locally.
The 1941 War Weapons Week took place between 29 March and 5 April. A target of £250,000 was set, although £368,625 was raised mainly though the purchase of War Bonds. This is roughly £16m today.
For most residents the highlights were probably the War Weapons Exhibition at Wright Brothers shop in George Street, where visitors could enjoy a “ride in a Power Driven Gun Turret of a modern heavy bomber”. And some 6,000 people went round the Royal Navy patrol vessel Sarah Munro, which was moored at Richmond Pier.