Quirky local history revealed

Don’t miss these highlights from Richmond’s history celebration


Dr John Langdon Down and Normansfield

A special talk about Dr John Langon Down and his institution at Normansfield, which brought a revolutionary and enlightened approach to care, education and training for people with learning disabilities.

22 September; 12.30pm-1pm
Langdon Down Centre


Views and vistas: Kew’s Landmark Buildings and Plants

The team at Kew will be showing treasures from its archives, plus a special talk about the gardens’ history. Learn about Kew’s historic buildings, which form this World Heritage Site, and also about some of the key plants and individuals that made Kew what it is today.

26 September; 11am-12.30pm; £5
Library, Art and Archives, Kew Green


Strawberry Hill – From at Risk to Award Winning

Learn about how the much-loved Strawberry Hill House was saved by the initiative of local supporters and went from being on the list of the top 100 most endangered buildings to winning awards. With a special question and answer session afterwards.

25 September; 7pm-8.15pm; £8
Strawberry Hill House


Eating with Queen Victoria: A Greedy Queen

Queen Victoria was born ‘as plump as a partridge’, and was very much a glutton throughout her life. From intimate breakfasts with the King of France, to romping tea parties with her children, this special event with Dr Annie Gray will look at a monarch who lived through food, what she ate, when and with whom.

26 September; 7.30pm-8.30pm; £10
Riverside Room, Richmond Old Town Hall


Lord John Russel, Our Local Prime Minister

David Williams will be leading this talk at Ham Library, outlining the life of Lord John Russel who lived at Richmond’s Pembroke Lodge until his death in 1878.
25 September; 3pm-4pm; £5 in advance, £6 OTD
Ham Library

Know Your Place festival takes place across September. Find out more about Know Your Place heritage festival and the jam-packed programme of events here