About Us

The Richmond Local History Society is a registered charity, no. 292907

Our aims

The Richmond Local History Society encourages research into every aspect of the local history of Richmond, Kew, Petersham and Ham, and publishes the results whenever feasible.

Our newsletter, three times a year, informs members of the dates of meetings, visits, exhibitions, new publications and research projects in progress. It also contains reports of meetings and visits, and book reviews.

We are particularly keen to help new researchers in every way we can, whether they are pursuing chosen subjects of their own or would like suggestions for new projects. We also promote local history research workshops.

Activities

From October to May we organise a monthly programme of talks, mostly on topics related to local history, but also on other relevant subjects. Sometimes we hold meetings jointly with other societies, and our members can take part in events such as the annual West London Local History Conference.

Occasionally we organise visits to local houses and buildings of historic interest, not normally open to the public, and guided walks around areas of interest in the borough and its environs. In the summer we organise a day trip by coach to take members to historic houses and sites further afield, particularly those with local connections.

Publications

Richmond History, the Society’s Journal, published annually since 1985, comprises articles and short papers by members and others, and has yielded many items of permanent value for local historians as well as other fascinating local topics.

Contributions are always needed for the Journal on any subject connected with the histories of Richmond, Ham, Petersham or Kew. The Journal and other RLHS publications are on sale at the Museum of Richmond, local bookshops and – with a discount for members – at the Society’s meetings. Copies are also held in the Richmond Local Studies Collection at the Old Town Hall.

Membership

Subscriptions are for the calendar year, at the following rates:

  • Individual membership £12
  • Joint membership (for two people at the same address) £20
  • Student (in full-time education) membership £1

Members are entitled to:

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