Telling the story of the Museum of Richmond: our December talk is by its curator, Rebecca Arnott
On Monday 10 December, curator Rebecca Arnott will be talking to our Society about the history of the Museum of Richmond, which first opened 30 years ago. Her talk coincides with the Museum’s 30th anniversary exhibition 30 years, 30 people, 30 objects which runs until February 2019.
**Admission to the talk is free to members of the Richmond Local History Society. Non-members are very welcome and will be invited to pay £4 on the door. All our door takings this evening will be donated to the Museum. We don’t sell advance tickets – there is no need to book as the venue has plenty of space and you can be sure to find a seat.
**Everyone is welcome after Rebecca’s talk to our customary seasonal party, with drinks and nibbles.
30 years, 30 people, 30 objects
The Museum’s 30th anniversary exhibition opened on 20 October and continues until February. Taking the theme 30 years, 30 people, 30 objects and memories, it illustrates the history of the Museum through 30 people who have contributed to its development and who have selected objects from the Museum’s collection to help tell its story. Our society is well represented, with contributions from our President, Paul Velluet, and three committee members – Robert Smith, Simon Fowler and Alyson Barr.
Richmond’s Christmas history will be on the radio
Our Vice-Chair, Simon Fowler, will be talking about “Christmas in Richmond” on Nicky Patrick’s Up Close show on BBC Radio Surrey between 8 pm and 8:30 pm on Thursday 13 December.
Simon will be discussing life over the festive season during Victorian times. We see Christmas through the eyes of Charles Dickens, but how did families celebrate locally? He will be looking at what was in the shops and on the dining table, and how people enjoyed themselves, as well as the experiences of the less prosperous residents.
In 2019 we have three joint talks with other societies, including an event at Richmond Theatre
Our programme of talks in 2019 has a new twist. We will be partnering with three other local organisations and one of our events will be at the Richmond Theatre. Coming up, we have:
- in January 2019, Stephen Bartlett on Royston House and the building of Victorian Kew (this will be a joint event with The Kew Society)
- in February, Dr Steven Woodbridge from Kingston University on the League of Nations Union in Richmond
- in March, Jill Lamb on the oral history project Ham is Where the Heart is
- in April, two short talks: Andrea Potts on Researching the history of the church of St Mary Magdalene and Dr Robert Wood on Vincenzo Lunardi’s ascent from Richmond in a hot air balloon in 1785
- in May, Sir David Williams on Ham in the early 20th century
- in September, a special Sunday evening event at Richmond Theatre, celebrating its 120th anniversary (this will be our first ever joint event with The Richmond Society)
- in October, Dr Simon Targett on Richmond and Mortlake’s part in the founding of America and the launching of the British Empire (this will be our first ever joint event with the Barnes and Mortlake History Society)
- in November, Dr Caroline Withall on The forgotten boys of the sea: Marine Society merchant sea apprentices, 1772-1873
- in December, Susanne Groom on The Lost Buildings of Kew
And, in January 2020, Paul Velluet on the 800th anniversary of St Mary Magdalene’s – aspects of the history and development of Richmond’s historic parish church
UPDATED Reports of previous talks
Our website now includes reports of some of our previous talks. The most recent addition, by RLHS member Paul Bunnage, is on John and Eunice Drewry’s presentation in November 2018 on the Voluntary Aid Detachment.
NEW The Victorian burial plot – from graveyard to garden
- Our Resources pages also include a piece by John Govett on Richmond’s Old Burial Ground and Stephen Orr’s timeline on Vineyard Passage Burial Ground.
- You can also read about the Selwyn family and the development of Richmond.
Our new-look journal, and an updated free index
Richmond History 39, the 2018 issue of our annual journal, has a new design and features a painting by Ron Berryman, a Society member, on the front cover. Copies are available from The Open Book in King Street, Richmond, the Museum of Richmond, The National Archives’ bookshop, Kew Bookshop, Lloyds of Kew Bookshop and our online bookshop.
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 an article about the freebord’s history. Find out more and see a timeline on Richmond Park