Jane Baxter

Our next talk, on Monday 11 December, is by Jane Baxter on My Thirty Years in Local Studies

What is local history and why do such collections exist in public libraries? Jane Baxter, Heritage Manager for the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, will discuss these questions and share some anecdotes about her 30 years working with the Richmond upon Thames collection.

Her talk will be followed by our customary seasonal party with wine, soft drinks and nibbles.

NEW Remembering the Vineyard Church’s war dead

Vineyard Church memorial to Wilfrid Browne

One hundred years on from the 3rd Battle of Ypres in November 1917, Peter Flower, archivist at the Vineyard Church in Richmond, recalls Wilfrid Browne who was killed in that battle. He also tells us about some of the other young men from the Congregational Church who gave their lives in the First World War. Find out more

You can also read about the Selwyn family and the development of Richmond on our Resources pages. And, to complement John Govett’s piece on Richmond’s Old Burial Ground, we’ve added a Stephen Orr’s timeline on Vineyard Passage Burial Ground.

Coming up: talks on monuments and memorials, the Hanoverians and Edmund Kean

See our calendar of forthcoming events

We have an exciting year ahead – and more – of speakers on a wide range of subjects. The latest addition to our programme is a talk by former Historical Royal Palaces curator and Kew resident Susanne Groom; she will be telling us in October 2018 about the royal Hanoverians, who arrived in Richmond and Kew 300 years ago.

Edmund Kean’s grave at St Mary Magdalene’s, Richmond

In March 2018, Professor Michael Gaunt, Chair of The Society for Theatre Research, will talk about Edmund Kean, considered by many to be the greatest actor of the nineteenth century.

An exhibition and a book on Poverty

The Museum of Richmond’s current exhibition on Poverty, looks at Richmond during the period 1600–1948, from the point of view of the poorer classes. It includes the history of Richmond’s workhouse, almshouses and the effects of the Poor Laws. With a smartphone, you can download a walking tour and visit places highlighted in the exhibition.

The Society’s new book, Poverty and Philanthropy in Victorian Richmond by Simon Fowler, accompanies the exhibition. Copies are available from The Museum of Richmond, The Open Book in Richmond, The National Archives bookshop, Kew Bookshop, Lloyds of Kew bookshop, the Society’s bookstall at our monthly talks and our online bookshop. Find out more and order a copy online

Going the extra mile

Councillor Paul Hodgins, Leader of Richmond upon Thames
Council, presented an award to Liz Velluet at a civic ceremony
on Friday 15 September.

Liz, who has been Secretary of the Richmond Local History Society for an astounding 38 years (and still going!), was recognised as having gone the extra mile to serve her community.

Congratulations, Liz, and thank you!

Other recent books from the Society

Old Palace Lane: Medieval to Modern Richmond by Derek Robinson and Simon Fowler, published with the Museum of Richmond in May 2017, tells the story of the Lane, the people who have lived there, and its buildings. Illustrated in colour, it is available from our online bookshop, The Museum of Richmond and local independent bookshops.

We’ve also brought back to life two issues of our annual journal that were previously out of print. Richmond History 25 (2004) and Richmond History 31 (2010) are available from our online bookshop.

A Glimpse of Old Ham and Petersham

Vanessa Fison has a new book, A Glimpse of Old Ham and Petersham, which Simon Fowler, Editor of  Richmond History, saysshould be on the shelves of all local residents in Ham and Petersham and will be of interest elsewhere in Richmond and Kingston.”

Read Simon’s review

Celebrating Richmond’s heritage

Robert Smith and Shirley Newton on our stand at The National Archives’ Open Day. Photo by Judith Church

Our winning team: Liz Velluet, Shirley Newton, Simon Fowler, Sylvia Levi, Paul Velluet and Robert Smith. Photo by Janine Stanford

The Society took part in The National Archives’ open day on 16 September, marking its 40 years in Kew. We had a bookstall and our President, Paul Velluet, and our Vice-Chair, Simon Fowler, gave talks.

With a one-point lead over its nearest rivals, the Society beat eight other teams at the In The Know local history quiz on 1 September at Richmond’s Old Town Hall, brilliantly organised as always by Jane Baxter and the Richmond Local Studies team. Now in its fifth year, the quiz kicked off a month-long celebration of Richmond’s heritage in the annual Know Your Place Festival, which also included guided walks, talks, tours, workshops and exhibitions.

Alyson Barr (committee member), Simon Barr (Vice-Chair and Editor, Richmond History), Liz Velluet (Secretary), Lisa Blakemore (Mayor of Richmond upon Thames) and Robert Smith (Chairman and Web Editor) at the Society’s bookstall for the Shared heritage event at Pembroke Lodge, Richmond Park, in November 2017

And on 5 November, Richmond’s Mayor, Councillor Lisa Blakemore, joined us at our Shared heritage event at Pembroke Lodge in Richmond Park, generously provided by Daniel Hearsum.

Our new President – and three new committee members

Paul Velluet, Photo by Robert Smith

We are delighted to have Paul Velluet on board as our new President and also three new committee members – Rose Constantine, Andrew Humphreys (who now edits our newsletter) and Shirley Newton.

See a list of our committee members and key volunteers.

A timeline on Richmond Park

Richmond Park has been in existence for nearly 400 years. A new timeline on the Hearsum Collection website features some of the key stories and images in its history. View the timeline