Welcome to Richmond Local History Society

Our next meeting is on Monday 19 May

Our final meeting of the 2013/14 lecture season is on Monday 19 May, when we will hold a short annual general meeting, followed by short talks on current research and a party. Download a publicity flyer/poster for this event.

We are organising a coach trip to Wilton House on Thursday 10 July 2014

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Find out more. We recommend booking as soon as possible to obtain a place – download the application form.

London’s first Council housing was built in Manor Grove, Richmond in the 1890s

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A new posting on the Municipal Dreams blog tells the story of the “Richmond Experiment” as it was known. Find out more.

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

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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.

Find out more on our Richmond at War project page.