We’ll be at the Richmond May Fair on Saturday 12 May
As in previous years we will have a stand at the Richmond May Fair, on Richmond Green, where we will be launching Richmond History 39, the 2018 issue of our annual journal, and promoting membership of the Society. Do stop by to look at the journal and to browse our wide range of other publications.
Our talk on Monday 21 May is on Marianne North, the Victorian botanical artist, and the recent TV documentary about her
Following our Annual General Meeting, Kew resident Jack Andrews will talk about the Victorian botanical artist Marianne North, who was the subject of a recent BBC Four documentary.
The meeting starts at 8pm (doors open at 7:30pm). Admission free to our members. Visitors are very welcome and will be invited to pay £4 on the door.
Coming up: Richmond in the 1970s and the Hanoverians
Our forthcoming talks include:
- a talk in September by Simon Fowler on Richmond in the 1970s
- a talk in October by former Historical Royal Palaces curator and Kew resident Susanne Groom about the royal Hanoverians, who arrived in Richmond and Kew 300 years ago
- a talk in November by John Drewry on Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) nurses in the First World War
- a talk in December by Rebecca Arnott on the history of the Museum of Richmond, which first opened 30 years ago
Great benefits when you join us!
Members receive three newsletters a year, are admitted free to our scheduled talks in 2018, and can buy most of our publications at a discount. See a sample newsletter and find out more about membership.
We’re rather keen on Kean
More than a hundred people attended Michael Gaunt’s talk to the Society on 12 March on Edmund Kean, the 19th-century Shakespearean actor and theatre manager who died in Richmond and is buried in St Mary Magdalene’s church. In his report on the talk, Paul Bunnage says that “Michael Gaunt spoke with great eloquence to the essence of Kean and what it was to be a star actor in the early 19th century”. Read more
Reports of other previous talks
You can also now read, on this website, reports of:
- Jason Debney’s talk in December 2016 on How the Arcadian View from Richmond Hill Inspired the English Landscape Movement
- Paul Davies’ talk in January 2017 on Crown Lands in Kew – the Public Record Office and Beyond
- Richard Holmes’ talk in February 2017 on Pubs and Breweries in Richmond
- Steven Woodbridge’s talk in March 2017 on Richmond and the Right
- Sir David Williams’ talk in April 2017 on Ham’s Eccentric Princess, Marie d’Orléans (1865-1909)
- Simon Fowler’s talk in October 2017 on Poverty and Philanthropy in Richmond
- Michael Gaunt’s talk in March 2018 on Edmund Kean, Shakespearean actor and Richmond theatre manager
We will be adding further reports of talks soon.
Recollections of Ham and Petersham
The Heritage Lottery-funded oral history project Ham is Where the Heart is has conducted more than 40 interviews in the last year and gathered some wonderful stories about life in Ham and Petersham over the last 80 years. There is currently an exhibition about the project in Ham Library until 5 May. See a poster about the exhibition.
Women in leadership roles at the Vineyard Church
On our Resources pages, Peter Flower, archivist at the Vineyard Church in Richmond, tells us about the history of women in leadership roles in our local Congregational Church. Find out more
You can also find timelines on Richmond and Richmond Park and read about the Selwyn family and the development of Richmond. And, to complement John Govett’s piece on Richmond’s Old Burial Ground, we’ve added Stephen Orr’s timeline on Vineyard Passage Burial Ground.