Bringing stories of Richmond’s experience of the Second World War to life
We 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.
Norman Radley 1921-2015
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.
Other forthcoming talks
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
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.
Our new book: Richmond at War 1939-1945
Richmond 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.
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.