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Tickets are still available for our coach trip on 24 June

Wimpole_Hall_2014-03-19_(1)This year’s Richmond Local History Society coach trip is to Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire on Wednesday 24 June.

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Finding out about The Hearsum Collection

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Daniel Hearsum, Chairman of The Hearsum Collection in Richmond Park, and his colleague Dr Robert Wood gave a talk to the Society on Monday 19 May. They spoke about the Collection and its history and its new Heritage Lottery Funded-project Deer in the City.

An exhibition showing how the deer’s presence has shaped the park over the last four centuries will be at Pembroke Lodge from July 2015 to January 2016 and will also be published online.

Our thanks to Mary Pollard for taking the photos.

A new President, Chairman and Journal Editor

The Society has a new President – Dr David Blomfield. David chaired the Society for ten years from 2003 to 2013. Prior to that he was editor of our journal, Richmond History, from 1994 until 2001, and resumed the editorship when Christopher May passed away in November 2014.

Robert Smith, who has been acting as Chairman since November, was elected Chairman at the Society’s AGM on Monday.

Simon Fowler is the new editor of Richmond History. He is working on issue 37 of the journal, which will be published in May 2016.

Who we are – and how we got here

All the Society’s  officers and committee members are now listed on our website.

We also have a new section on the website about the Society’s own history.

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

May Fair success

David Blomfield at the 2015 Richmond May Fair, about to draw the winning questionnaire

We had a very good day at Richmond’s May Fair on Saturday 9 May.

As well as having the opportunity to sell our publications and to launch the new issue of our journal Richmond History, we managed to encourage many more people than before to visit our stall and to find out what the Society also has to offer.

Many people took out membership for the first time and we had 39 entries to our competition, only five of them from members.

A newly recruited member, Peter Griffiths, won £10 worth of publications by submitting the winning entry. The Society’s new President, David Blomfield, is seen here just before he opened the box to make the draw.


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.