Richmond in the 1970s: discos, flares and planning blight. A talk by Simon Fowler as part of Richmond upon Thames’ Know Your Place Festival

Date(s) - Monday 17 September 2018
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Duke Street Church

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*** No need to book. This event is free to Richmond Local History Society members. Non-members will be invited to donate £4 on the door.

Join us to discuss Richmond in the 1970s

The staff of Mates Shop in George Street, Richmond when it opened in October 1971. Photo from Richmond Local Studies Library and Archive

What was it like living in the town of Richmond during the 1970s? Come along and share your memories of the decade that, famously, “taste forgot”. But was this actually true locally? Do you remember bell bottoms and floral dress shirts? What about music and entertainment locally – was there a favourite disco or club?

More seriously, there was a spirited debate about Richmond’s future with many potentially disastrous developments abandoned as the result of public pressure. Above all, there was no consensus about what to do with the crumbling buildings on Hill Rise which would become the Riverside development. What were your views about these plans? And what were the other issues locally?

Simon Fowler is vice-chairman of the Richmond Local History Society and a freelance reasearcher, tutor and writer.
This event is part of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames’ Know Your Place Festival.