Our next 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.
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.
A wet afternoon in Richmond
Thank you to everyone who visited us at the Richmond May Fair on Saturday 12 May and, in particular, many thanks to the volunteers who helped us on our stand, despite the inclement weather!
NEW The 2018 issue of our redesigned journal, Richmond History, is now available
At the May Fair, we launched Richmond History 39, the 2018 issue of our annual journal, in a smart new design and featuring a painting by one of our members, Ron Berryman, on the front cover. Further copies will be available for sale at our talk on Monday 21 May and are also available from the Open Bookshop in King Street, Richmond and from the Museum of Richmond. You can also now buy copies from our online bookshop.
Coming up: Richmond in the 1970s and the Hanoverians
Our forthcoming talks include:
- in September, Simon Fowler on Richmond in the 1970s. This event is part of the Know your Place festival celebrating the heritage of Richmond upon Thames
- in October, former Historical Royal Palaces curator and Kew resident Susanne Groom on the royal Hanoverians, who arrived in Richmond and Kew 300 years ago
- in November, John Drewry on Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) nurses in the First World War
- in December, Rebecca Arnott on the history of the Museum of Richmond, which first opened 30 years ago
Our 2019 talks programme
We have already filled some of the slots on our 2019 talks programme:
- in January 2019, Stephen Bartlett will talk about Royston House and the building of Victorian Kew
- in February, Steven Woodbridge will tell us about the League of Nations Union in Richmond
- in March, Jill Lamb will speak about the oral history project Ham is Where the Heart is
- in November, Andrew Humphries will tells us about Richmond’s music scene in the 1960s
Reports of previous talks
Our website now has 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
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.