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Museum of Richmond Richmond's History Richmond's Museum Admission is Free Open Tuesday to Saturday 11.00 - 17.00 Richmond Museum is a local history museum that tells the story of the history of Richmond and houses its artefacts.
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It's a day all about love ❤️Think you love your partner? Would you demolish a palace because you were so distraught over...
14/02/2021

It's a day all about love ❤️

Think you love your partner? Would you demolish a palace because you were so distraught over their death?

If so, you may be as extra as Richard II who tore down Shene Palace after the death of his wife, Anne of Bohemia, from the plague. He couldn't bare to continue to look at the place where he and Anne had been so happy.

I wasn't until Henry V came along that the palace was finally restored. #valentinesday

We're excited to announce that our new temporary exhibition on the King's Observatory is now live and available to view ...
13/02/2021

We're excited to announce that our new temporary exhibition on the King's Observatory is now live and available to view online!

https://bit.ly/KOExhibition

The exhibition includes a talk between Professor Michael Burton, Director of @ArmaghPlanet and MoR Chair of Trustees, Hilda Clarke #Museumsfromhome

Happy #ChineseNewYear Today we welcome in the year of the Ox. Wishing everyone a fulfilling start to a new lunar year. T...
12/02/2021

Happy #ChineseNewYear

Today we welcome in the year of the Ox. Wishing everyone a fulfilling start to a new lunar year.

This pub sign seems extra important today!

12/02/2021
Online Family Workshops | Museum of Richmond

Stuck on how to fill some time in half-term?

The Museum is running family workshops where you can discover how The King’s Observatory has helped us explore the universe around us and create your own constellation cube! #learningfromhome #museumfromhome

https://bit.ly/OnlineFamilies

During 2021, the Museum will be offering a variety of activities for families, in line with COVID restrictions. All of our activities provide families with a

The case is coming together! These are all objects that were used during the King's Observatory's time as a place of sci...
11/02/2021

The case is coming together!

These are all objects that were used during the King's Observatory's time as a place of scientific invention and discovery. There will be close up images of these objects available in the online exhibition that opens on Sunday

It happening! The King's Observatory panels are being installed. Don't worry, even though we can't welcome visitors, the...
10/02/2021

It happening! The King's Observatory panels are being installed.

Don't worry, even though we can't welcome visitors, the exhibition will be opened virtually on Saturday and will be available to view online.

*📢Klaxon📢*We've got a very exciting week ahead of us, including the install and launch of our new temporary exhibition (...
09/02/2021

*📢Klaxon📢*
We've got a very exciting week ahead of us, including the install and launch of our new temporary exhibition (follow our social media to stay updated). But to start things off...

Please welcome our new curator, Laura!

I promise we're smiling under the masks 😁

I don't know what tea these guys have been drinking to get these side effects... #marketing101
09/02/2021

I don't know what tea these guys have been drinking to get these side effects... #marketing101

We came across this in our collection and it just feels like it's taunting us at this point... #lockdown
08/02/2021

We came across this in our collection and it just feels like it's taunting us at this point... #lockdown

Happy birthday Charles Dickens! Dickens enjoyed holidaying in Richmond and in a letter dated June 1839, he commented how...
07/02/2021

Happy birthday Charles Dickens!

Dickens enjoyed holidaying in Richmond and in a letter dated June 1839, he commented how he enjoyed shocking passers by as he dove headfirst into the Thames and swam from Petersham to Richmond Bridge.

#CharlesDickens @artsrichmonduk

59 years ago today King George VI died, leaving his 27 year old daughter to become Queen Elizabeth II. This magazine com...
06/02/2021

59 years ago today King George VI died, leaving his 27 year old daughter to become Queen Elizabeth II.

This magazine commemorates the life of George VI and details information about the new Queen. #Royalhistory

When thinking of Ice Hockey we tend to think of our friends across the pond. Did you know that, when the Ice Rink was op...
05/02/2021

When thinking of Ice Hockey we tend to think of our friends across the pond.

Did you know that, when the Ice Rink was open, Richmond had a lively Ice Hockey scene? This programme is from when the Richmond Hawks played the Earl's Court Marlboro's. #Icehockey #Richmondhistory

Anyone else filling the void with online shopping?If you fancy browsing something different, check out our collections o...
04/02/2021

Anyone else filling the void with online shopping?

If you fancy browsing something different, check out our collections online here: https://bit.ly/MORcollection

Don't forget you can still see the Lockdown Richmond Quilt online here: https://bit.ly/MoRQuiltThe quilt was created by ...
03/02/2021
Lockdown Richmond

Don't forget you can still see the Lockdown Richmond Quilt online here: https://bit.ly/MoRQuilt

The quilt was created by members of the community during the first lockdown in 2020 and organised by last years mayor and Councillor Nancy Baldwin. @artsrichmonduk @Visit_Richmond1

‘Lockdown Richmond’ Quilt Click or tap here to begin

Kew Pagoda Appreciation post!Designed by Sir William Chambers in 1762, the Great Pagoda was a gift for Princess Augusta,...
02/02/2021

Kew Pagoda Appreciation post!

Designed by Sir William Chambers in 1762, the Great Pagoda was a gift for Princess Augusta, the founder of Kew Gardens.

Chambers had travelled in China and studied all the buildings he could, getting inspiration from the porcelain Pagoda at Nanjing.

The height of the structure offered one of the earliest birds eye views of London.

1st February marks the start of #LGBTHistoryMonthThere are gaps in our collection and displays regarding the LGBTQ+ hist...
01/02/2021

1st February marks the start of #LGBTHistoryMonth

There are gaps in our collection and displays regarding the LGBTQ+ history of the Borough but we're going to do better.

As part of our re-interpretation project we want to tell more of these stories. Please get in touch if this is something you would like to be a part of.

We're getting nostalgic for nights at the theatre after looking through some old programmes like this one for 'Showboat'...
31/01/2021

We're getting nostalgic for nights at the theatre after looking through some old programmes like this one for 'Showboat' performed by Richmond Operatic Society back in 1936.

We're absolutely blown away by the support for the bench for Valerie. We've already raised 50% of the funds needed, than...
29/01/2021
Help raise £1350 to install a memorial bench on Richmond Green for Valerie Boyes, Historian and Teacher and Founding member of the Museum of Richmond

We're absolutely blown away by the support for the bench for Valerie. We've already raised 50% of the funds needed, thank you!

Please keep sharing and donating so we can smash our target. Any surplus will go towards our families and school workshops.

http://bit.ly/ValeriesBench

Weʼre raising money to install a memorial bench on Richmond Green for Valerie Boyes, Historian and Teacher and Founding member of the Museum of Richmond. Support this JustGiving Crowdfunding Page.

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27/01/2021

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27/01/2021

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Barn Elms used to play host to the largest polo club in the world - The Ranelagh Club. In 1878, the club hosted the very...
26/01/2021

Barn Elms used to play host to the largest polo club in the world - The Ranelagh Club. In 1878, the club hosted the very first sporting game played under spotlights with a polo match against the Hurlingham Club. It closed down just before WW2 when funds dried up. #Richmondhistory

Anyone fancy a brew and a story? This mug commemorates the opening of the Princess Mary Ward for Children at the Royal H...
25/01/2021

Anyone fancy a brew and a story? This mug commemorates the opening of the Princess Mary Ward for Children at the Royal Hospital Richmond in 1896.It became the "royal" Hospital in 1895 when Queen Victoria became patron and the Princess Mary Ward was opened the following year.

Before it was a hospital, the main building used to be home to poet James Thomas whose poem 'Rule, Britania' was set to music and became a popular patriotic song. #richmondhistory #localhistory

Oh don't mind us! Just dreaming of sunny days on the River Bank. Does anyone want to join us and escape into this pictur...
24/01/2021

Oh don't mind us! Just dreaming of sunny days on the River Bank. Does anyone want to join us and escape into this picture? #richmondriverbank

#WhenHistoriansDoPhysics Our Learning Officer has been discovering the parallax technique as  research for our #february...
23/01/2021

#WhenHistoriansDoPhysics Our Learning Officer has been discovering the parallax technique as research for our #februaryhalfterm #familyworkshops about The King's Observatory! Does anyone know how astronomers measure angular shift? We have visions of a giant protractor that measures arcseconds...?!

Let's never forget how lucky we are to have the view from Richmond Hill that is so beautiful it has been protected by an...
23/01/2021

Let's never forget how lucky we are to have the view from Richmond Hill that is so beautiful it has been protected by an Act of Parliament since 1902. It is believed this was the view that inspired colonialist William Byrd II to name the city of Richmond, Virginia . #Richmondhill

No, it isn't a medieval torture device but you'll be excused for thinking so. It's actually an old curling tong. They wo...
22/01/2021

No, it isn't a medieval torture device but you'll be excused for thinking so.

It's actually an old curling tong. They would have been heated by placing the barrel in the fire. It wasn't unlikely for hair to get singed off in the quest for perfect curls. #hairdont #beautyhistory

Coming Soon : The Paint Detective - a evening with Patrick BatyTuesday 16 March 2021, 7pmOnline talk via ZoomTickets: £5...
21/01/2021

Coming Soon : The Paint Detective - a evening with Patrick Baty
Tuesday 16 March 2021, 7pm
Online talk via Zoom
Tickets: £5
Follow this link to book: http://bit.ly/PaintDetective

An expert on the paint and colours of the past four centuries, Patrick Baty works with homeowners, estates, museums, public bodies and institutions, to reinstate interiors of the past, or to create a scheme sympathetic with the aims of a space and its current and future use.

In this online talk, Patrick explains how he combines the skills of an historian, detective and analyst to uncover the stories of historic buildings. This will be illustrated with a number of projects that he has completed in the Richmond area, including The King's Observatory.

Last year the Museum lost a great friend and champion with the passing of founding member and former Chair of the Truste...
21/01/2021
Help raise £1350 to install a memorial bench on Richmond Green for Valerie Boyes, Historian and Teacher and Founding member of the Museum of Richmond

Last year the Museum lost a great friend and champion with the passing of founding member and former Chair of the Trustees, Valerie Boyes. To celebrate the life and work of this remarkable woman, the Trustees of the Museum of Richmond are fundraising for a memorial bench, which will be installed on Richmond Green, in the heart of the community Valerie loved and for which she did so much for.

If you would like to donate, please follow this link to a Crowdfunding page kindly set up by our Vice Chair, Rose Barling: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/valeries-bench

To find out more about Valerie, and her amazing work with the Museum of Richmond, visit https://www.museumofrichmond.com/about/people/remembering-valerie-boyes

If we exceed our fundraising target, any surplus will be used to support the workshops for schools and families at the Museum, which Valerie, as a historian and teacher, was greatly passionate about.

Weʼre raising money to install a memorial bench on Richmond Green for Valerie Boyes, Historian and Teacher and Founding member of the Museum of Richmond. Support this JustGiving Crowdfunding Page.

Today we're throwing it way back to the opening of the Museum in 1988. Here is founder John Cloake with Her Majesty the ...
21/01/2021

Today we're throwing it way back to the opening of the Museum in 1988. Here is founder John Cloake with Her Majesty the Queen. This is where it all began... #throwbackthursday #Richmondhistory

Dancing was a vital leisure activity during the war so ensuring your technique was up to scratch was vital. Booklets lik...
20/01/2021

Dancing was a vital leisure activity during the war so ensuring your technique was up to scratch was vital. Booklets like this helped ensure nobody's skills were lacking on the dance floor.

I'm sure we all know someone who needs some help with their dancing... #twoleftfeet #WW2

The Thames has been a source of calm and inspiration for writers, poets and artists alike for hundreds of years. It may ...
19/01/2021

The Thames has been a source of calm and inspiration for writers, poets and artists alike for hundreds of years. It may be difficult to get out and about so we challenge you, when you see this post, to stop scrolling, take a breath and feel the calm of the river. #timeouttuesday

#Onthisday in 1735, Princess Maria Clementina Sobieska, wife of James Francis Edward Stuart, died at the age of 32. Not ...
18/01/2021

#Onthisday in 1735, Princess Maria Clementina Sobieska, wife of James Francis Edward Stuart, died at the age of 32. Not only was she wife to the Jacobite "Old Pretender" but mother to Charles Edward Stuart, aka Bonnie Prince Charlie.

Maria was a sought after match as one of the wealthiest heiresses in Europe. Upon her betrothal to James, King of England George I feared she would produce James' heirs to rival his claim to the English crown. Maria was then arrested on her journey to be married and imprisoned. After a daring escape filled with deception and aided by Jacobite supporters, Maria and James were married.

She had two sons, Charles and Henry. Charles, her favourite, would go on to claim the English crown in the Jacobite rising of 1745. His failure to claim victory would essential end the Stuart claim to the throne of England.

Maria died at the age of 32, 10 years before her son laid claim to the crown. #Jacobie

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Richmond Castle was one in a group of four major castles with Tickhill, Pontefract and Skipsea staking out the Norman Conquest of Yorkshire in the 1070's. The castle was set upon a virgin hill top site, commanding a crossing of the river Swale. Visit this weekend with the family, and bring history to life! Enjoy our exhibition and museum on the first floor of the visitors Centre, before a hearty explore around this beautiful site! RICHMOND CASTLE IS 950 IN 2021
Richmond Castle was one in a group of four major castles with Tickhill, Pontefract and Skipsea staking out the Norman Conquest of Yorkshire in the 1070's. The castle was set upon a virgin hill top site, commanding a crossing of the river Swale. Visit this weekend with the family, and bring history to life! Enjoy our exhibition and museum on the first floor of the visitors Centre, before a hearty explore around this beautiful site!