Did you know that The Big Issue magazine started here in Richmond?

John Bird, founder of The Big Issue, explains how and why in a talk on Monday 1 October, organised by The Museum of Richmond. Find out more and book tickets

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

Prince George and Princess Caroline (the future George II and Queen Caroline) came to Richmond in 1718 – the first step in a sequence of events that would lead to, among other things, the creation of Kew Gardens. We’ll be marking the arrival of the Hanoverians in Richmond and Kew with a talk, on Monday 8 October, by Susanne Groom, former curator at Historic Royal Palaces. Find out more

Stephen Duck

Also, to commemorate the anniversary, our website now has 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

Coming up: VAD nurses and the Museum of Richmond’s 30th anniversary

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

Looking further ahead:

Reports of previous talks

Our website now has reports of these talks:

2016

2017

2018

Thank you – and a warm welcome

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

Our thanks to everyone who visited our stands at the summer fairs in Richmond, Ham and Kew, a big thank you to the volunteers who helped run them and a warm welcome to the new members who have joined us.

30 years, 30 people, 30 objects

To mark its 30th anniversary, the Museum of Richmond has just launched its first ever online crowd funding campaign. It is seeking funds for a 30th Anniversary exhibition, opening in October 2018, which will celebrate the Museum’s history and its collections through the eyes of 30 people who have been involved with the Museum over the last 30 years. Find out more

Painting plants with a passion

Photos by Mary Pollard

More than 100 people attended our AGM in May, which was followed by a talk by Jack Andrews on Marianne North, the Victorian botanical artist. Jack kindly donated to our bookstall some copies of the DVD of his TV documentary about her. If you were unable to buy one, you may like to know that they are now back in stock at Kew Gardens’ bookshop and can also be ordered online at shop.kew.org/kewbooksonline

Liz Velluet

From left: Liz Velluet (Secretary), Robert Smith (Chairman) and Roberta Turner (Treasurer) at our May 2018 AGM

Jack Andrews MBE

Jack Andrews with our Chairman, Robert Smith

The 2018 issue of Richmond History is now available, and we’ve updated the 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 BookshopLloyds of Kew Bookshop and our online bookshop.

Our free index to our annual journal Richmond History now includes all issues up to and including no. 39 (2018). You can view the index or download it as a PDF.

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.

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

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.