You can now listen again to David Blomfield’s talk

You missed a real treat if you didn’t hear our President, Dr David Blomfield, speak about the history of the Star and Garter Home at our meeting on 11 April. But you can now listen to his talk on our new Soundcloud page, which also has Murray Hedgcock’s talk on the history of local cricket and Q2 Players’ dramatised reading, last October, of extracts from Simon Fowler’s book Richmond At War 1939-1945.

What’s also new on our website

logo_paypal_106x28Our revamped Bookshop page makes it easier to order our publications online via PayPal, using a debit or credit card. Where they are still in print, you can order back copies of our journal, Richmond History. These now include No. 35 (2014) and No. 32 (2011) which were previously unavailable.

  • A free index to articles published in Richmond History is now available online – and has been updated for all issues up to and including No. 36 (2015).  Find out more

Our book Kew at War is now available at half price

Kew-at-War-smallerThis second edition (2013) of Kew at War by David Blomfield and Christopher May incorporates some of the many contributions we received in response to the first edition. They include a splendid account of the youth club going out to raise money, led by the vicar playing his trumpet, and a tribute to the work of the RAF and WAAF in clearing up bomb damage in 1945. There are also reports, and references to new research, on where the bombs fell. It is priced at £3.95 (non-members £4.95) and we are now offering it at HALF PRICE: £1.95 (non-members £2.45). Our online prices include postage and packing. You can order the book here.

We’ll be at Richmond’s May Fair: we hope to see you there too!


Richmond May Fair, the annual event on Richmond Green, takes place on Saturday 14  May from 10am to 4pm.

We’ll have a stall with a display of our publications, including the first copies of the 2016 issue of our annual journal, Richmond History. Do drop by and say hello!

Our next talk is on Monday 16 May…

Richmond Screen 1…but it’s not really a talk. Felix Lancashire, Archivist of Richmond Local Studies and Archive, will present highlights from the Borough’s collection of historic films about Richmond. Come and see how much the borough has changed over the years – and how much has stayed the same. Before Felix’s presentation we’ll have our Annual General Meeting and, at the end of the evening, our customary seasonal party. Find out more

Find out about other forthcoming talks in 2016 and See our complete calendar of all events

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?

Richmond and the Second World War: a book, a dramatisation and a podcast

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Bomb damage in Peldon Avenue. Photo courtesy of Richmond Local Studies Library and Archives

To mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, The Museum of Richmond collaborated with the  Society to mount an exhibition on Richmond’s experience of the Second World War. The exhibition ran from September 2015 to February 2016.

The accompanying new book, Richmond at War 1939-1945, by Simon Fowler, tells the story of life in the town during the Second World War. Find out more and order a copy online

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Back row: Christopher Hodges, Simon Fowler (author) and Joan Rundle. Front row: Liz Smith, Cat Lamin, Anne Hardwick, Michael Daly, Juliet Daly. Photograph by Alice Weleminsky-Smith

We’ve had lots of very positive comments about our event on 12 October 2015 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.

Simon has now written about the dramatised reading in an article, “All history is a stage”, in the Winter 2016 issue of Local History News, the magazine of the British Association for Local History.

See the cast list and a link to our new Soundcloud page where you can listen to a podcast of the event.

Read more from Simon about Richmond’s experience of WWII

Commemorating the “Belgian Village on the Thames”

The Soldiers' House on Richmond Hill was set up by workers and managers of the Pelabon Munitions Factory in Twickenham as a patriotic effort to provide for Belgian soldiers on leave

The Soldiers’ House on Richmond Hill was set up by workers and managers of the Pelabon Munitions Factory in Twickenham as a patriotic effort to provide for Belgian soldiers on leave

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 2017. 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.

To find out more  or to make a contribution, go to the project’s crowdfunding website or its Facebook page.


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