Welcome to the Richmond Local History Society
Our Society explores the history of Richmond, Kew, Petersham and Ham and the people who have lived here. We hold evening talks, usually on the second Monday of the month, organise walks and visits, and publish an award-winning journal (Richmond History) and books on topics of local interest.
Join us for free admission to our talks, an informative newsletter three times a year and discounts on most of our publications.
UPDATED Our latest journal is now available
Richmond History 44 was published in November 2023. It is available at our online bookshop and from local independent bookshops and will also be on the bookstall at out talks. Find out more about this issue and how to order a copy online.
COMING NEXT Our next talk is on Victorian Richmond “murderess” Kate Webster
On Monday 11 December Vicky McGrath, Learning Officer at the Museum of Richmond, will take a closer look at an infamous crime from Victorian Richmond.
As well as talking about the murder and trial, Vicky will explore how Victorian attitudes and morals meant that Kate Webster’s story has a tragic and unjust undertone.
Vicky’s talk will be followed by our customary seasonal party.
UPDATED Richmond History is now a triple-award-winner
At the London & Middlesex Archaeological Society (LAMAS)’s annual Local History Conference, held at the Museum of London Docklands on 18 November, our society received a certificate and a £100 prize for Richmond History 43 (our 2023 issue) which won in the Journal category at (LAMAS)’s Local History Publications Awards. The 2022 edition of The Streets of Richmond and Kew was a close runner-up in the books category.
LAMAS’s publications committee described Richmond History 42 (our 2021/22 issue), with its cover story on international tennis star Betty Nuthall, as “providing a winning mix of topics about the local catchment area, accompanied with good illustrations and photos”. Our journal, it said, was “entertaining, well referenced and easy to read”.
Copies of that issue, the previous award-winning issue (No. 41), and our current issue (No. 43) – which has 98 pages, more than 30 in colour – are available, postage free in the UK, from our online bookshop. They can also be bought at Kew Bookshop, Sheen Bookshop in East Sheen, The National Archives’ shop and The Open Book in Richmond.
NEW Saving Kew Gardens from the threat of development
In an extract adapted from his newly published biography of W H Hudson, Conor Mark Jameson, who gave us a talk on Hudson in September 2022, describes a long-forgotten campaign to save Kew from the threat of development.
Go to Saving Kew Gardens in the Resources section of our website.
Catch up on previous talks, including our October talk on George Vancouver
An impressively large number of people attended Simon Targett’s talk on 9 October about Petersham adventurer and maritime explorer George Vancouver, who is buried in St Peter’s churchyard.
There were 107 people at Duke Street Church (including three sitting in the gallery) and 25 log-ins on Zoom. Simon’s talk was videorecorded and can now be viewed on our YouTube channel. You can also watch four other talks given in 2023 and 11 from previous years.
Our website’s Archive section has written reports on many of our previous talks.