The two Chairmen
This video is rather special as it includes two of our former Chairmen, David Blomfield and the late Norman Radley. As far as we know it was never broadcast. Did you take part in the “Richmond Protest” and do you recall which year it was?
Our next talks are on Monday 14 December
- Philip Soar on ASGILL HOUSE’s LINK WITH GEORGE WASHINGTON
- Johanna Coombes on Col. HENRY WASHINGTON AND RICHMOND PALACE
- An introduction by Paul Velluet to our 30th ANNIVERSARY PARTY
Find out more about this event and download a leaflet/poster
Our next event is on Monday 14 December. We’ll be having not one talk, but three.
Philip Soar, better known as a sports historian, will speak – not about football clubs but about a very curious connection between Asgill House on Old Palace Lane and George Washington.
Joanna Coombes, our Membership Secretary, will be giving some more examples of Richmond’s connections with North America. Jo, who volunteers for Richmond Heritage guides, is more used to giving guided walks rather than talks, but on this occasion you will have the privilege of going on one of Jo’s walks without having to do any walking.
Our third talk will be a short piece by Paul Velluet, who 30 years ago as newly elected chairman of the Richmond Society faced a very determined chairman of the Richmond’s Society’s history section, John Cloake, who wanted to assert the history section’s independence. Paul will tell us something about those negotiations and then lead us to a celebration. For this year only, our seasonal party has been rebranded as a 30th anniversary party and we will be celebrating our 30 years as the Richmond Local History Society.
** Free to Society members (Non-members welcome; £4 on the door). At 8pm at Duke Street Church, Richmond TW9 1DH
You can now buy our journal – and two books about the Second World War – online
Copies of Kew at War, our latest book Richmond at War 1939-1945 and our journal Richmond History can now be ordered online via PayPal, using your debit or credit card. Find out more on our Bookshop page
Conference programme published
The programme for the 2016 West London Local History Conference, with the theme Children in West London History, has now been published. The conference will be held on Saturday 19 March at the University of West London. See the programme
Norman Radley 1921-2015
Norman Radley, Vice-President and former Chairman of the Society, died on 16 September, aged 94. His funeral, a celebration of his life, was held on 4 October and his family would like to thank all of the Society’s members who came to it. Read more about Norman Radley and his contribution to our work.
Commemorating the “Belgian Village on the Thames”
Twickenham and Richmond were home to one of the largest Belgian refugee communities in the First World War. Its impact was so intense that it changed the face of our towns so much that on the continent we were known as the “Belgian Village on the Thames”.
The East Twickenham Centennial Group are hoping to commemorate this important piece of the Borough’s history in 2107. The plan is for a memorial which it is hoped will be unveiled by the Belgian Ambassador, backed up with a community pageant.
The East Twickenham Centennial Group are currently seeking funds for the memorial, which can’t be funded by public bodies.
Bringing Richmond’s experience of World War II to life
We’ve had lots of very positive comments about our event on Monday 12 October with the Kew-based amateur theatre group Q2 Players, who did a wonderful job in bringing Simon Fowler’s book Richmond at War 1939-1945 to life. We’re very pleased that Q2 Players seem to have enjoyed the experience too and we hope to find an other opportunity to work with them in the future. The evening was particularly challenging for Duke Street Church’s audio-visual expert Conrad Venn, who coped brilliantly with the additional demands we made on him. Alice Weleminsky-Smith, who also helped with the projection, took this photograph. See the cast list.
Richmond’s refugee crisis
75 years ago, in 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.
Richmond and the Second World War: a new book and an exhibition
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 our new publication, Richmond at War 1939-1945, by Simon Fowler, which tells the story of life in the town during the Second World War. Find out more and buy a copy from our online bookshop