About Us

The Richmond Local History Society is a registered charity, no. 292907

About us

The Richmond Local History Society delves into the rich history of Richmond, Kew, Petersham, and Ham, focusing on the people who have shaped their stories and landmarks. The Society hosts evening talks – typically on the second Monday of the month, organises walks and visits, and publishes an award-winning journal Richmond History along with books on various local interest topics.

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From September to May we have a programme of monthly talks, with renowned historians and local experts delving into various aspects of our history. We  connect with other local societies and our members can take part in events such as the annual West London Local History Conference.

Walk in the footsteps of those who came before us with guided tours of local historical sites and landmarks.  Our visits also include houses and buildings of historic interest across London.


Since its inaugural publication in 1985 The Society’s journal, Richmond History, has served as a repository of knowledge, insights and stories that highlight the significance of Richmond’s past.  Comprising articles contributed by members and experts from various eras of history, the Journal has become an invaluable resource for local historians, researchers and scholars alike.

The Journal and other RLHS publications are on sale at the Museum of Richmond, local bookshops and – with a discount for members – at the Society’s meetings. Copies are also held in the Richmond Local Studies Collection at the Old Town Hall.


Join our community of history lovers and enjoy exclusive benefits, including discounts on events and content.  Subscriptions are for the calendar year at the following rates:

  • Individual membership:  £12
  • Joint membership (for two people at the same address):  £20

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