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Our next talk is on Monday 12 January

220px-Two_deer_at_Richmond_Park,_London Chris Sumner, former Chairman of the London Parks & Gardens Trust, will talk about  RICHMOND PARK AS A ROYAL HUNTING LANDSCAPE.

Chris Sumner is an architect and garden historian who formerly worked for the Greater London Council and for English Heritage. He is a Trustee of the London Parks & Gardens Trust where he currently chairs the Planning & Conservation Working Group.

Chris will talk on Richmond Park, now designated as London’s largest Site of Special Scientific Inteerst, a National Nature Reserve, a European Special Area of Conservation, and included at grade I in the English Heritage Register of parks and gardens of special historic interest, but first enclosed – from around 1637 – as a hunting ground for Charles I. He last hunted there in 1647 as a prisoner of Parliament. It was also a favourite hunting ground for the early Hanoverians.

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.

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Christopher May 1943-2014

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Christopher May at this year’s Kew Fayre

We are very sorry to announce the death, on Tuesday 11 November, of our Chairman, Christopher May.  Read more

Committee changes

Elections to the Society’s committee, including the post of Chairman, will be held at the Annual General Meeting on 18 May 2015. In the meantime, Robert Smith, the Society’s webmaster, has been appointed as Acting Chairman. David Blomfield, Vice-President, has resumed the role of editor of Richmond History, the Society’s journal; the next issue will be published in May.

Our journal, Richmond History

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Remaining copies of our journal, Richmond History, no. 35 (2014) are on sale, at  £4.95 (£3.95 to members).

Journal no. 36 (2015) is in preparation and is due to published in May. It will be edited by David Blomfield. Before his death, Christopher May handed over to David a fair number of articles ready for this issue, but there is still room for more. With the sad loss this year of our two most eminent researchers, we aim to maintain their high standards. If you have something to contribute, please contact David by email ( or tel (020 8940 8749), or by post at 7 Leyborne Park, Kew, Richmond TW9 3HB.

Women in West London’s History: Conference on 28 March

jpg WLC A4 poster 2015Richmond Local History Society is co-sponsoring the 35th West London Local History Conference, which will be held on Saturday 28 March 2015 at the University of West London, The Paragon, Boston Manor Road, Brentford on Saturday 28 March 2015.

Tickets, £15, are available only in advance at Richmond Local History Society lectures or from J McNamara, 31B Brook Road South, Brentford TW8 0NN. Please send a stamped addressed envelope and a cheque made payable to “West London History Conference”.

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Richmond Park and its role in the First World War: a free exhibition

The Hearsum Collection at Pembroke Lodge has a free exhibition about Richmond Park and its important role in the First World War.

Military Band editedThe Second Battalion Artists’ Rifles leaving Richmond Park for a route march, headed by their band, 1914