We’ll be at the Kew Midsummer Fete this coming Saturday

Keith Mulberry, Liz Velluet, Robert Smith and Paul Velluet on the Society’s stand at the Ham Fair. Photo by Juliet Mulberry

Thank you to everyone who visited us at the Richmond May Fair on 12 May, the Museum of Richmond’s garden party at Trumpeter’s House on 3 June and the Ham Fair on 10 June – and in particular to the volunteers who helped us on our stand.

On Saturday 23 June, we’ll be at the Kew Midsummer Fete (on Kew Green), which is open from 11 am to 6 pm. Our stand is no C38 in Row C, next to Hounslow Animal Rescue. Do pop by and say hello!

Book now for your place on our summer coach outing

Our summer coach outing this year is to Burgley House, near Stamford in Lincolnshire, on Tuesday 3 July. Find out more

The Richmond Society’s heritage walks

Our President, Paul Velluet, led a fascinating heritage walk on 23 May for The Richmond Society, looking at exemplary 1970s social housing in Queens Road estate and the 1930s/1960s housing in this splendid garden at Courtlands. His next walk is on Wednesday 4 July.

Our talks programme resumes in September

The staff of Mates Shop in George Street, Richmond when it opened in October 1971. Photo from Richmond Local Studies Library and Archive

In a break from tradition we will be starting our new season of talks one month earlier than before. On Monday 17 September, Simon Fowler will lead a discussion on Richmond in the 1970s,with an opportunity for you to share your memories. This event is part of the Know Your Place festival celebrating the heritage of Richmond upon Thames.

NEW  The 2018 issue of our redesigned journal, Richmond History, is now available

Richmond History 39, the 2018 issue of our annual journal, has a smart new design and features a painting by one of our members, Ron Berryman, on the front cover. Copies are available from the Open Bookshop in King Street, Richmond, from the Museum of Richmond, and from our online bookshop.

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.

NEW Oh deer, another Richmond Park myth…

It is sometimes suggested that the “deer leap” or “freebord“, the strip of land immediately outside Richmond Park’s wall, was designed so that if a deer managed to escape its hunters and get beyond the deer leap, it was then free from capture. That’s unlikely, says Richmond Park historian Robert Wood, in a piece on our website about the freebord’s history. Find out more

NEW 300th anniversary of the arrival of Prince George and Princess Caroline in Richmond

2018 is the 300th anniversary of the arrival of Prince George and Princess Caroline (the future George II and Queen Caroline) in Richmond – the first step in a sequence of events that would lead to, among other things, the creation of Kew Gardens.

Stephen Duck

To commemorate this event, we have published, on this website, a poem by Stephen Duck who, after Queen Caroline’s death, took holy orders and was for a while a preacher at St Anne’s Church in Kew. Duck’s poem, “On Richmond Park and Royal Gardens”, annotated by Ron McEwen,  a volunteer guide at Kew Gardens, concerns the two royal estates in Richmond – Richmond Park and the grounds of Richmond Lodge (Old Deer Park). Read more

We will also be marking the arrival of the Hanoverians in Richmond and Kew with a talk, in October, by Susanne Groom, former curator at Historic Royal Palaces. Find out more

Coming up:  VAD nurses and the history of the Museum of Richmond

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

Our 2019 talks programme

We have already filled some of the slots on our 2019 talks programme:

Reports of previous talks

Our website now has reports of:

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 a timeline on 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.