A vision of Richmond – famous views, changing landscapes and artists’ impressions: our talks in 2014
Twickenham Bridge under construction in 1932
On Monday 10 March, Paul Velluet, architect, former Chairman of the Richmond Society, will talk about St Margarets and the impact of the building of Twickenham Bridge and the Great Chertsey Road. Download a publicity flyer/poster about this lecture
Richmond Park c 1914 by Spencer Gore
On Monday 14 April we will be marking the centenary of the death of the artist Spencer Gore, who lived from 1913 at Cambrian Road, Richmond, just outside Richmond Park, where he produced 32 paintings, many of them painted outside in the park in all weathers. He died of pneumonia the following year, aged only 35. Art historian and publisher, Nicholas Reed, who is a lecturer for the National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS), and the author of Pissarro in West London: Kew, Chiswick and Richmond and Richmond and Kew Green: a Souvenir Guide, will talk about Gore’s life and work, with particular reference to Richmond.
Our final meeting of the 2013/14 lecture season is on Monday 19 May, when we will hold a short annual general meeting, followed by short talks on current research and a party.
Conference on Law and Order in West London’s history
The Richmond Local History Society is co-sponsoring the 34th West London Local History Conference, which takes place on Saturday 29 March. The all-day conference, on Law and Order in West London’s history, will be held at the Parish Rooms, St Michael & All Angels, Priory Avenue, Bedford Park, London W4 1TX. See the programme, download a flyer and download a poster.
Richmond’s Dad’s Army
Records at Richmond Local Studies Library tell the story of Richmond’s Home Guard – or, to be formal, the 63rd Surrey (Richmond) Battalion, Home Guard. Its members guarded importance installations across Richmond, Kew, Ham and Petersham for almost four years. It also had an important and now largely forgotten role in training young conscripts before they joined the Army. And had the Nazis landed, the Home Guard would have been expected to defend the town against the invaders. Find out more
Our latest books
Richmond History no 34 is the latest issue of the Society’s annual journal, featuring the most recent research on the history of Richmond, Kew, Ham and Petersham.
Our publication Virginia Woolf and the Hogarth Press in Richmond has been reprinted and we have also published a second edition of our popular publication Kew at War.
Winning with Richmond Local History Society
In the Know, the Local History Quiz Night at Richmond’s Old Town Hall, on Tuesday 10 September 2013, organised by Jane Baxter and Richmond’s Local Studies team as part of Richmond upon Thames Heritage Festival, was a great success. Seven teams fielded questions from Bamber Gascoigne, and the winning (or should that be wining?) team was… the Richmond Local History Society! Two of our committee members were in the Wizzards team of Richmond Heritage Guides who came a close second.
The quiz was just one of many events that took place in September as part of the first-ever Richmond upon Thames Heritage Festival. We hope the quiz will become a regular event and that we will have an opportunity in 2014 to defend our title!