Kingston Heritage Service

Kingston Heritage Service Kingston Heritage Service manages Kingston Museum and Kingston History Centre. With a wide range of displays, activities and borough-wide projects, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

The Kingston Heritage Service is based across two sites, Kingston
Museum and Kingston History Centre, meaning more to explore! Kingston Museum, built in 1904 as a result of contributions from
Andrew Carnegie, has three permanent galleries: Ancient Origins,
Town of Kings and Eadweard Muybridge. We also have a beautiful
Art Gallery which houses our temporary exhibitions. Kingston History Centre at t

The Kingston Heritage Service is based across two sites, Kingston
Museum and Kingston History Centre, meaning more to explore! Kingston Museum, built in 1904 as a result of contributions from
Andrew Carnegie, has three permanent galleries: Ancient Origins,
Town of Kings and Eadweard Muybridge. We also have a beautiful
Art Gallery which houses our temporary exhibitions. Kingston History Centre at t

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The Brill collection records historic and at-risk sites in Kingston. The collaboration with Kingston School of Art start...
25/11/2021

The Brill collection records historic and at-risk sites in Kingston. The collaboration with Kingston School of Art started in 1954 and was relaunched in 1997 with support from the Friends of Kingston Museum, who now fund the annual acquisition of Brill artworks. #EYACollaboration

The Brill collection records historic and at-risk sites in Kingston. The collaboration with Kingston School of Art started in 1954 and was relaunched in 1997 with support from the Friends of Kingston Museum, who now fund the annual acquisition of Brill artworks. #EYACollaboration

These are our leather bound, historic Kingston Council Minutes, stored safely at the History Centre. Are they not a thin...
24/11/2021

These are our leather bound, historic Kingston Council Minutes, stored safely at the History Centre. Are they not a thing of beauty? #EYAShelfie @explorearchives

These are our leather bound, historic Kingston Council Minutes, stored safely at the History Centre. Are they not a thing of beauty? #EYAShelfie @explorearchives

This photo shows our popular historic Street Directories being digitised. They are now available to search and view in t...
23/11/2021

This photo shows our popular historic Street Directories being digitised. They are now available to search and view in the History Centre #EYAGoingDigital @explorearchives #KingstonHeritage

This photo shows our popular historic Street Directories being digitised. They are now available to search and view in the History Centre #EYAGoingDigital @explorearchives #KingstonHeritage

This beautiful written charter was prepared for the Grant of Arms to the Borough in 1966  #EYAHandwriting @explorearchiv...
22/11/2021

This beautiful written charter was prepared for the Grant of Arms to the Borough in 1966 #EYAHandwriting @explorearchives

This beautiful written charter was prepared for the Grant of Arms to the Borough in 1966 #EYAHandwriting @explorearchives

This image of a very big Bison is from our Eadweard Muybridge photographic collection called Animals in Motion #EYABig @...
21/11/2021

This image of a very big Bison is from our Eadweard Muybridge photographic collection called Animals in Motion #EYABig @explorearchives #Muybridge

This image of a very big Bison is from our Eadweard Muybridge photographic collection called Animals in Motion #EYABig @explorearchives #Muybridge

This small Gallo-Belgic gold coin dates from c150 BC. It was part of a small hoard found by metal detectorists in Chessi...
20/11/2021

This small Gallo-Belgic gold coin dates from c150 BC. It was part of a small hoard found by metal detectorists in Chessington in 1999. #EYASmall @explorearchives

This small Gallo-Belgic gold coin dates from c150 BC. It was part of a small hoard found by metal detectorists in Chessington in 1999. #EYASmall @explorearchives

This workshop is making natural inks using historic iron slag and corroded artefacts as part of the Recycle Archaeology ...
19/11/2021

This workshop is making natural inks using historic iron slag and corroded artefacts as part of the Recycle Archaeology project.

Go green this Christmas! 💚

Join us at Kingston Museum to learn how to make cards for the holidays using natural inks in our workshop this Saturday. Read more and book via our website at https://buff.ly/3CnfLXZ.

Go green this Christmas! 💚Join us at Kingston Museum to learn how to make cards for the holidays using natural inks in o...
17/11/2021

Go green this Christmas! 💚

Join us at Kingston Museum to learn how to make cards for the holidays using natural inks in our workshop this Saturday. Read more and book via our website at https://buff.ly/3CnfLXZ.

Go green this Christmas! 💚

Join us at Kingston Museum to learn how to make cards for the holidays using natural inks in our workshop this Saturday. Read more and book via our website at https://buff.ly/3CnfLXZ.

The unveiling of the Kingston War Memorial in Union Street 1923, erected in memory of the dead of the Great War. The bro...
14/11/2021

The unveiling of the Kingston War Memorial in Union Street 1923, erected in memory of the dead of the Great War. The bronze sculpture was designed by Capt W R Goulden and made in Thames Ditton. #RemembranceDay #Kingston #RemembranceDay2021

The unveiling of the Kingston War Memorial in Union Street 1923, erected in memory of the dead of the Great War. The bronze sculpture was designed by Capt W R Goulden and made in Thames Ditton. #RemembranceDay #Kingston #RemembranceDay2021

Today we remember those who have lost their lives in conflict. We will remember them.The photo shows the unveiling of th...
11/11/2021

Today we remember those who have lost their lives in conflict.
We will remember them.
The photo shows the unveiling of the war memorial in Malden Road, New Malden on 8 November 1924. #LestWeForget #lestweforget2021 #RemembranceDay2021 #RemembranceDay

Today we remember those who have lost their lives in conflict.
We will remember them.
The photo shows the unveiling of the war memorial in Malden Road, New Malden on 8 November 1924. #LestWeForget #lestweforget2021 #RemembranceDay2021 #RemembranceDay

For those of you who enjoy old views of Kingston's familiar places, here is a view down Clarence Street looking towards ...
28/10/2021

For those of you who enjoy old views of Kingston's familiar places, here is a view down Clarence Street looking towards the bridge taken in 1956, 30 years before the pedestrianisation.

For those of you who enjoy old views of Kingston's familiar places, here is a view down Clarence Street looking towards the bridge taken in 1956, 30 years before the pedestrianisation.

If you didn't get a chance to visit National Treasures: Defining Moments of Stage and Screen you can see Photographer Ch...
19/10/2021

If you didn't get a chance to visit National Treasures: Defining Moments of Stage and Screen you can see Photographer Chris Arthur's latest collection '18 months in Solitary', featuring images of life in Lockdown all taken using an iPhone. Now on display at Kingston Museum.

If you didn't get a chance to visit National Treasures: Defining Moments of Stage and Screen you can see Photographer Chris Arthur's latest collection '18 months in Solitary', featuring images of life in Lockdown all taken using an iPhone. Now on display at Kingston Museum.

Congratulations to Terry Sweeney, winner of the Climate KAOS Judge's Choice Award for his submission 'Man on a Tree' in ...
13/10/2021

Congratulations to Terry Sweeney, winner of the Climate KAOS Judge's Choice Award for his submission 'Man on a Tree' in the current exhibition Climate KAOS at Kingston Museum. Read more about the judge's thoughts on the piece at https://buff.ly/3BDEyHM.

Congratulations to Terry Sweeney, winner of the Climate KAOS Judge's Choice Award for his submission 'Man on a Tree' in the current exhibition Climate KAOS at Kingston Museum. Read more about the judge's thoughts on the piece at https://buff.ly/3BDEyHM.

This is a view of the High Street looking towards the Market Place. On the night of 16 November 1894 the Thames burst it...
09/10/2021

This is a view of the High Street looking towards the Market Place. On the night of 16 November 1894 the Thames burst it's banks and swamped Kingston town centre. #HBAHEnvironment #GreaterHeritage #KingstonHeritage

This is a view of the High Street looking towards the Market Place. On the night of 16 November 1894 the Thames burst it's banks and swamped Kingston town centre. #HBAHEnvironment #GreaterHeritage #KingstonHeritage

Join this pub trail leading you across the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, highlighting heritage and maybe helpin...
23/09/2021

Join this pub trail leading you across the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, highlighting heritage and maybe helping you to discover your new favourite local.

View the trail at https://buff.ly/3kxTVeE.

The Heritage Trail visits 12 pubs across the borough, and has somewhere for everyone, from real ale enthusiasts to families and Sunday roast connoisseurs. With the support of Kingston University and CAMRA - the Campaign for Real Ale we highlight some of the special places in Kingston where drinks and stories have been shared for generations from the oldest pub in Kingston to the downright wacky, we celebrate these cultural hubs.

Join this pub trail leading you across the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, highlighting heritage and maybe helping you to discover your new favourite local.

View the trail at https://buff.ly/3kxTVeE.

The Heritage Trail visits 12 pubs across the borough, and has somewhere for everyone, from real ale enthusiasts to families and Sunday roast connoisseurs. With the support of Kingston University and CAMRA - the Campaign for Real Ale we highlight some of the special places in Kingston where drinks and stories have been shared for generations from the oldest pub in Kingston to the downright wacky, we celebrate these cultural hubs.

Climate KAOS is now open at Kingston Museum. KAOS ‘Kingston Artists Open Studios’ draw attention to climate change and r...
17/09/2021

Climate KAOS is now open at Kingston Museum. KAOS ‘Kingston Artists Open Studios’ draw attention to climate change and reflect on it in this new exhibition, open Thursdays - Saturdays.

Climate KAOS is now open at Kingston Museum. KAOS ‘Kingston Artists Open Studios’ draw attention to climate change and reflect on it in this new exhibition, open Thursdays - Saturdays.

Students of baking at Kingston Technical College on Penrhyn Road, in 1954, learn how to weigh out and cut dough. Did any...
04/09/2021

Students of baking at Kingston Technical College on Penrhyn Road, in 1954, learn how to weigh out and cut dough. Did anyone in your family train as a baker or work in a local bakery? The College later became Kingston Polytechnic and in 1992, Kingston University. #HBAHLearning

Students of baking at Kingston Technical College on Penrhyn Road, in 1954, learn how to weigh out and cut dough. Did anyone in your family train as a baker or work in a local bakery? The College later became Kingston Polytechnic and in 1992, Kingston University. #HBAHLearning

Did you know someone in Kingston's police force in the 60s? This police officer at the Police Station on London Road in ...
26/08/2021

Did you know someone in Kingston's police force in the 60s? This police officer at the Police Station on London Road in 1960, used a scooter to get around town. This image is from the June Sampson archive, which you can on our Flickr page https://buff.ly/3kqVeee. #HBAHTransport

Did you know someone in Kingston's police force in the 60s? This police officer at the Police Station on London Road in 1960, used a scooter to get around town. This image is from the June Sampson archive, which you can on our Flickr page https://buff.ly/3kqVeee. #HBAHTransport

Using census records we can see that Italian immigrants came to Kingston in the 1880s and later extended families lived ...
09/08/2021

Using census records we can see that Italian immigrants came to Kingston in the 1880s and later extended families lived in Asylum Rd Norbiton & Fairfield Place. Many were Organ Grinders or Ice Cream Sellers trading from street barrows. Image from 1901 Census Asylum Rd #HBAHRoots

Using census records we can see that Italian immigrants came to Kingston in the 1880s and later extended families lived in Asylum Rd Norbiton & Fairfield Place. Many were Organ Grinders or Ice Cream Sellers trading from street barrows. Image from 1901 Census Asylum Rd #HBAHRoots

Thank you to everyone who entered photographs into Capture Kingston: Lockdown and Out. View the winning photographs belo...
05/08/2021

Thank you to everyone who entered photographs into Capture Kingston: Lockdown and Out. View the winning photographs below or head over to www.kingstonheritage.org.uk/capturekingston for more information on the winners and the competition.

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This photo was taken #OnThisDay in 1897. The Rose and Crown public house stood at the corner of Thames Street and Old Br...
02/08/2021

This photo was taken #OnThisDay in 1897. The Rose and Crown public house stood at the corner of Thames Street and Old Bridge Street.
#KingstonHeritage #GreaterHeritage #KingstonUponThames

This photo was taken #OnThisDay in 1897. The Rose and Crown public house stood at the corner of Thames Street and Old Bridge Street.
#KingstonHeritage #GreaterHeritage #KingstonUponThames

Learn how to make eco-friendly inks by repurposing waste materials and food in one of today's workshops at #SummerOfFun....
30/07/2021

Learn how to make eco-friendly inks by repurposing waste materials and food in one of today's workshops at #SummerOfFun. Join the drop-in natural dye-making and painting workshop between 10am-2pm. See the full programme at https://buff.ly/3eTHs1K #LetsDoKingston #RediscoverSummer

Learn how to make eco-friendly inks by repurposing waste materials and food in one of today's workshops at #SummerOfFun. Join the drop-in natural dye-making and painting workshop between 10am-2pm. See the full programme at https://buff.ly/3eTHs1K #LetsDoKingston #RediscoverSummer

We are so excited to be returning to in-person Thumbs Up It's Thursday events. We're hosting outdoor activities for all ...
28/07/2021

We are so excited to be returning to in-person Thumbs Up It's Thursday events. We're hosting outdoor activities for all ages every Thursday and Friday in July and August. Check out our Summer of Fun programme at https://buff.ly/3eTHs1K to see what's coming up. #LetsDoKingston

We are so excited to be returning to in-person Thumbs Up It's Thursday events. We're hosting outdoor activities for all ages every Thursday and Friday in July and August. Check out our Summer of Fun programme at https://buff.ly/3eTHs1K to see what's coming up. #LetsDoKingston

Remember the days of queuing for your favourite Summer Sale to open? This is Bentalls' entrance on Clarence Street, 2nd ...
25/07/2021

Remember the days of queuing for your favourite Summer Sale to open? This is Bentalls' entrance on Clarence Street, 2nd July 1955. The view towards Kingston Bridge has changed so much, we wonder what the view will look like in the future. #HBAHSummer #Bentalls

Remember the days of queuing for your favourite Summer Sale to open? This is Bentalls' entrance on Clarence Street, 2nd July 1955. The view towards Kingston Bridge has changed so much, we wonder what the view will look like in the future. #HBAHSummer #Bentalls

This photo shows a member of Avondale Gymnastic club doing a forward somersault over other members of the club. It looks...
16/07/2021

This photo shows a member of Avondale Gymnastic club doing a forward somersault over other members of the club. It looks a bit precarious to us! Does anyone remember watching it happen or taking part? #HBAHSport

This photo shows a member of Avondale Gymnastic club doing a forward somersault over other members of the club. It looks a bit precarious to us! Does anyone remember watching it happen or taking part? #HBAHSport

Tomorrow kickstarts the Summer of Fun on the grass area by Kingston Museum. Visit between 10-2 to have fun with our free...
07/07/2021

Tomorrow kickstarts the Summer of Fun on the grass area by Kingston Museum. Visit between 10-2 to have fun with our free events, drop-in activities and information stations, suitable for all ages. Visit www.kingston.gov.uk/summeroffun for more details.
#LetsDoLondon #SummerOfFun

Tomorrow kickstarts the Summer of Fun on the grass area by Kingston Museum. Visit between 10-2 to have fun with our free events, drop-in activities and information stations, suitable for all ages. Visit www.kingston.gov.uk/summeroffun for more details.
#LetsDoLondon #SummerOfFun

We're reopening! From 8 July you will be able to visit Kingston History Centre and from 9 July Kingston Museum. All visi...
07/07/2021

We're reopening! From 8 July you will be able to visit Kingston History Centre and from 9 July Kingston Museum. All visits must be booked in advance. Find information on how to book and our opening hours at buff.ly/2Us9Wsa

We're reopening! From 8 July you will be able to visit Kingston History Centre and from 9 July Kingston Museum. All visits must be booked in advance. Find information on how to book and our opening hours at buff.ly/2Us9Wsa

Kingston parks and recreation grounds used to hold regular Sunday Band Concerts. This poster from our collection is date...
04/07/2021

Kingston parks and recreation grounds used to hold regular Sunday Band Concerts. This poster from our collection is dated 1966 but they were a regular part of Sunday life from the nineteenth century. #HBAHMusic

Kingston parks and recreation grounds used to hold regular Sunday Band Concerts. This poster from our collection is dated 1966 but they were a regular part of Sunday life from the nineteenth century. #HBAHMusic

We're exploring Digital Hubs offering a virtual meeting place for communities to come together sharing interests and ski...
21/06/2021

We're exploring Digital Hubs offering a virtual meeting place for communities to come together sharing interests and skills. Whether you like reading, nature, local history or meeting people in your neighbourhood, we would love to hear what you think.
https://buff.ly/3wCZvzT

We're exploring Digital Hubs offering a virtual meeting place for communities to come together sharing interests and skills. Whether you like reading, nature, local history or meeting people in your neighbourhood, we would love to hear what you think.
https://buff.ly/3wCZvzT

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Uncover the stories behind behind the photographs featured in Kingston Museum ’s current exhibition ‘National Treasures: Defining Moments of Stage and Screen’ in a Q&A with photographer Chris Arthur. Fri 20 Aug, 7-8pm Book now: www.kingstonheritage.org.uk/talkingpictures Kingston Heritage Service Kingston Council - Kingston Stronger Together
We’re just setting up our stall at Kingston Heritage Service’s #summeroffun - come down for some colouring and to hear more about our Brite Box Project and The Good Food Co-op! Hope to see you there!
Franklin Road (demolished in the 1970s) street party after the end of WWII
Join Kingston Library Service & Kingston Heritage Service for a 'Summer of Fun' - starting tomorrow (8 July)! 🌞 The Summer of Fun programme will run on Thursdays and Fridays throughout July and August, with each week based on a different theme. This week it's Health! 👨‍⚕️ You can find all the activities on the grass area adjacent to Kingston Museum on Wheatfield Way. Make sure you are following Kingston Library Service to get the latest timetable 👍
Chinese Dumplings! We’ve been having so much fun at the Chinese BB3D cooking course on Monday nights! Achieving for Children, Love Kingston, Kingston Heritage Service, KingsGate Church, #LoveKingston, #healthycooking, #youthwork
Our 100 Histories is a year-long project managed by Kingston Heritage Service aiming to celebrate the heritage of the borough, past and present. kingstonheritage.org.uk/ourborough Over the next year, we will be searching for the 100 Histories that residents and people connected to Kingston Upon Thames feel best represents the heritage of the borough using a digital map. You can get involved by contributing stories, places, objects, events and people that you think are important to the culture and heritage of Kingston Upon Thames. #KingstonLibrariesLive
The ever-popular Thumbs Up It's Thursday returns this Half Term holiday with a mix of fun family activities in the town centre and online! There's plenty to keep the kids entertained, from a treasure hunt with kids eat free prizes to be won John Lewis & Partners, free gifts Spirit Of Amber and online activity packs from All Saints Church Kingston and Kingston Heritage Service. Pick up a Kingston Kids loyalty card at The Rotunda or enjoy special offers on the day The Entertainer and Vorwerk. There's even a free fun maths workshop from Kingston Library Service! Head to our website to find out more: inkingston.co.uk/thumbsup
Wednesday 12th May 2021: Would you like to keep a one-day diary for Mass Observation? In 1937 Mass Observation called for people from all parts of the UK to record everything they did from when they woke up in the morning to when they went to sleep at night on 12th May. This was the day of George VI’s Coronation.
May is #localhistorymonth ! We have a programme of talks on local history during the whole month! https://en.calameo.com/read/005715680e32130927edf Discover our resource pack: https://en.calameo.com/read/005715680990476d07e9e Watch our first talk about the history of Hook and Chessington by Kingston Heritage Service: https://youtu.be/YGlx13m_fE8 Don't miss our next talk about the History of Kingston, live on Facebook next Thursday at 11am! https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/history-of-kingston-local-and-community-history-month-tickets-153953951413
This talk is brought to you by the Kingston Heritage Service. You can find out more by visiting the Kingston History Centre. This talk is on the history of Hook and Chessington and illustrates some of the resources, mainly photographs and maps, from their collections. Find our History Month Resource pack here: https://en.calameo.com/read/005715680990476d07e9e #KingstonLibrariesLive #LocalAndCommunityHistoryMonth
It's Thumbs Up It's Thursday! 😁 In normal times, the town centre would be buzzing with loads of fun Thumbs Up activities going on. For now, we're staying safe and staying home, but that doesn't mean it has to be boring! There's loads of online family fun on our website including: 👍 How to make a heart-shaped basket with All Saints Church Kingston 👍 How to make Origami hearts with Kingston Heritage Service 👍 Yummy chocolate balls recipe & chance to win free kids meals from The Cheeky Pea 👍 Designing your own crest with Stanley Picker Gallery 👍 Crafting your own decorative slippers with Dorich House Museum 👍 Sharing your smile to win prizes Snappy Snaps 👍 Colouring, crafts & free reads from Kingston Library Service Head to our Thumbs Up page to get started! Don't forget to send us your snaps by tagging us and using the hashtag #ThumbsUpItsThursday www.inkingston.co.uk/thumbsup
Join us next Monday for a free webinar celebrating identity, heritage and the arts. The panel will be highlighting creative projects and organisations which incorporate these themes in their work. ⏰ 7pm, Mon 22 Feb on Zoom Register for free: http://bit.ly/CYArtsandHeritage Featuring panellists Vincente Canas, Graeme Baker & Robin Moran from Kingston Heritage Service, Kathryn Woodvine from Kingston Council - Kingston Stronger Together, Molly Freeman from Smoking Apples & Ruth Odewale from our Young Creatives panel --- 📸 Our Kingston RPM; Records, People, Music project exhibition @rosetheatrekingston #free #webinar #Heritage #arts #identity #kingstonuponthames Supported by Arts Council England