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

Mon 8 April 2019
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Duke Street Church

At our meeting on Monday 8 April we have two short talks on current research topics.

Andrea Potts is the Museum of Richmond’s Project Officer for its 2019 exhibition, Celebrating 800 years of St. Mary Magdalene: At the heart of Richmond. She will be talking about the project and revealing some of the fascinating stories that the project’s team of volunteers have uncovered about Richmond’s historic parish church.

Following a BA in History at the University of Cambridge, Andrea worked at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Her roles at the DCMS included delivering national events in the UK, France, Turkey and Belgium to mark the Centenary of the First World War and developing government policy for national museums in England. Andrea is currently studying for an MA in Cultural Heritage Studies at University College London.

The church of St. Mary Magdalene, Richmond (Photo: Amandajm, Wikimedia Commons)

Dr Robert Wood has lived in Richmond for some 40 years.  He undertakes research into our local history, with a special interest in Richmond Park.  He has contributed articles to our journal, Richmond History, and co-presented an earlier talk to the Society about the Hearsum Collection at Pembroke Lodge.

Vincenzo Lunardi’s Ascent from Richmond in a Hot Air Balloon in

This image, which Robert found in the Hearsum Collection, has prompted his latest research which is revealing some entertaining stories about the amazing Sr Lunardi, his pioneering balloon flights, the Drury Lane actress, and a fashion craze for Lunardi bonnets and skirts!


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