Author Archives: Robert Smith

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

Marianne North

 

The DVD cover for the television documentary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

See our calendar of forthcoming events and our list of forthcoming  talks

Our forthcoming talks include:

A Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) nurse in the First World War

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:

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

Elsie Chamberlain, the Vineyard Congregational Church’s first female minister

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.

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