Museum of Richmond

Museum of Richmond Richmond's History
Richmond's Museum

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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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Operating as usual

What's a bank holiday without a walk? We're all very lucky that the borough has so many green spaces to explore. This is...
03/05/2021

What's a bank holiday without a walk? We're all very lucky that the borough has so many green spaces to explore.

This is an old key to one of the many gates into Richmond Park which has some of the best views of London #RichmondPark

What's a bank holiday without a walk? We're all very lucky that the borough has so many green spaces to explore.

This is an old key to one of the many gates into Richmond Park which has some of the best views of London #RichmondPark

When did we stop calling liquid medicine elixir and can we start doing it again please? It sounds much more exciting!
02/05/2021

When did we stop calling liquid medicine elixir and can we start doing it again please? It sounds much more exciting!

When did we stop calling liquid medicine elixir and can we start doing it again please? It sounds much more exciting!

It's #MayDay! People have been celebrating the coming of May and summer since the Romans and the beginning of this month...
01/05/2021

It's #MayDay!

People have been celebrating the coming of May and summer since the Romans and the beginning of this months is still acknowledged with the May Bank Holiday.

Oh, and just in case you've forgotten, it's the month in which Museums and Galleries can open!!!

It's #MayDay!

People have been celebrating the coming of May and summer since the Romans and the beginning of this months is still acknowledged with the May Bank Holiday.

Oh, and just in case you've forgotten, it's the month in which Museums and Galleries can open!!!

We have lots of these cool trade tokens in our collection. Trade tokens were used during coin shortages and were exchang...
30/04/2021

We have lots of these cool trade tokens in our collection. Trade tokens were used during coin shortages and were exchanged for goods but were not official currency. Each token bore the name of the merchant, the establishment where they were based and how much the coin was "worth".

This particular one date from 1667 and is attributed to Timothy Harley at the Horse in Barnes (shown through the image of the horse). This token was the value of a half-penny. #FindFriday #RichmondHistory

We have lots of these cool trade tokens in our collection. Trade tokens were used during coin shortages and were exchanged for goods but were not official currency. Each token bore the name of the merchant, the establishment where they were based and how much the coin was "worth".

This particular one date from 1667 and is attributed to Timothy Harley at the Horse in Barnes (shown through the image of the horse). This token was the value of a half-penny. #FindFriday #RichmondHistory

This children's doll with fetching red hat appears to have been taking fashion tips from Paddington Bear...It's one of t...
28/04/2021

This children's doll with fetching red hat appears to have been taking fashion tips from Paddington Bear...

It's one of the many toys and games in our collection, manufactured nearby or once the much-loved playthings of Richmond residents.

Marmalade, anyone?

#FromtheCollection #ToysandGames #PaddingtonBear

This children's doll with fetching red hat appears to have been taking fashion tips from Paddington Bear...

It's one of the many toys and games in our collection, manufactured nearby or once the much-loved playthings of Richmond residents.

Marmalade, anyone?

#FromtheCollection #ToysandGames #PaddingtonBear

It is only 3 weeks until we reopen! The Museum Team are working hard behind the scenes to get everything ready and as sa...
27/04/2021

It is only 3 weeks until we reopen! The Museum Team are working hard behind the scenes to get everything ready and as safe as possible. We have even been awarded a 'Good to Go' certificate from Visit Britain in recognition of our efforts! #GoodToGo #CovidSafe #openingsoon #cantwait #VisitBritain #supportyourlocalmuseum

It is only 3 weeks until we reopen! The Museum Team are working hard behind the scenes to get everything ready and as safe as possible. We have even been awarded a 'Good to Go' certificate from Visit Britain in recognition of our efforts! #GoodToGo #CovidSafe #openingsoon #cantwait #VisitBritain #supportyourlocalmuseum

The is no shying away from the reality that some of the most beautiful Georgian houses in Richmond were built on the bac...
25/04/2021

The is no shying away from the reality that some of the most beautiful Georgian houses in Richmond were built on the backs of enslaved people. The now infamous Edward Colston had a home here. The Museum Team have been learning more about this, starting with looking at the 'Trading in Human Lives' exhibition and how we could use this information to better tell these stories in our galleries. This is a long term project which we are committed to doing it, and doing it well.

We have also been working with the team at Belle Grove Plantation, Virginia, on their monthly newsletter sharing new information about the enslaved community of the plantation. This month's focus was on an individual named Richmond, hence the link.

We are delighted to hear that we have introduced them to the story of Ignatius Sancho, a writer, musician and local resident. He was the first known black person to vote in a parliamentary election and the first African to be given an obituary in the British Press.

If you would like to read the Belle Grove Plantation newsletter, follow this link:https://www.museumofrichmond.com/wp-content/uploads/Richmond-the-Belle-Grove-April-featured-person.pdf
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#tradinginhumanlives #blacklivesmatter #blackhistorymatters #wewilldobetter #richmondhistory

The is no shying away from the reality that some of the most beautiful Georgian houses in Richmond were built on the backs of enslaved people. The now infamous Edward Colston had a home here. The Museum Team have been learning more about this, starting with looking at the 'Trading in Human Lives' exhibition and how we could use this information to better tell these stories in our galleries. This is a long term project which we are committed to doing it, and doing it well.

We have also been working with the team at Belle Grove Plantation, Virginia, on their monthly newsletter sharing new information about the enslaved community of the plantation. This month's focus was on an individual named Richmond, hence the link.

We are delighted to hear that we have introduced them to the story of Ignatius Sancho, a writer, musician and local resident. He was the first known black person to vote in a parliamentary election and the first African to be given an obituary in the British Press.

If you would like to read the Belle Grove Plantation newsletter, follow this link:https://www.museumofrichmond.com/wp-content/uploads/Richmond-the-Belle-Grove-April-featured-person.pdf
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#tradinginhumanlives #blacklivesmatter #blackhistorymatters #wewilldobetter #richmondhistory

#OscarThrowBack Anne of a Thousand Days was filmed in Richmond Park. It was nominated for 10 Oscars at the 42nd Academy ...
25/04/2021

#OscarThrowBack Anne of a Thousand Days was filmed in Richmond Park. It was nominated for 10 Oscars at the 42nd Academy Awards in 1970 including Best Picture, but only won the Oscar for Best Costume Design.. It is genuinely one of our Learning Officer's favourite films - even if it is just for Richard Burton's badly stuck on beard! The costumes are fantastic, the historical accuracy is far from perfect, but never the less, it is a good watch. Fun fact - Geneviève Bujold is the only actress to be nominated for an Oscar for playing Anne Boleyn
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#Oscars #AcademyAwards #AnneBoleyn #HenryVIII #BestCostume #RichmondPark #RichardBurton #GenevièveBujold #localhistory #richmondhistory

#OscarThrowBack Anne of a Thousand Days was filmed in Richmond Park. It was nominated for 10 Oscars at the 42nd Academy Awards in 1970 including Best Picture, but only won the Oscar for Best Costume Design.. It is genuinely one of our Learning Officer's favourite films - even if it is just for Richard Burton's badly stuck on beard! The costumes are fantastic, the historical accuracy is far from perfect, but never the less, it is a good watch. Fun fact - Geneviève Bujold is the only actress to be nominated for an Oscar for playing Anne Boleyn
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#Oscars #AcademyAwards #AnneBoleyn #HenryVIII #BestCostume #RichmondPark #RichardBurton #GenevièveBujold #localhistory #richmondhistory

It's #saturdaysnacktime 😋 Treat yourself to a sit down and a tasty treat - hopefully it comes in packaging as delightful...
24/04/2021

It's #saturdaysnacktime 😋 Treat yourself to a sit down and a tasty treat - hopefully it comes in packaging as delightful as this Fry's Chocolate tin in the shape of a grandfather clock! #timefortreats #chocolate #fryschocolate

It's #saturdaysnacktime 😋 Treat yourself to a sit down and a tasty treat - hopefully it comes in packaging as delightful as this Fry's Chocolate tin in the shape of a grandfather clock! #timefortreats #chocolate #fryschocolate

Happy St George's Day! Here is a rather lovely Welsh Dragon from our collection -it is a Post Office first day cover pos...
23/04/2021

Happy St George's Day! Here is a rather lovely Welsh Dragon from our collection -it is a Post Office first day cover postcard Heraldic Beasts 1998. The legend of Saint George and the Dragon tells of Saint George taming and slaying a dragon that demanded human sacrifices but here in Richmond we think we can celebrate the Dragon more as the heraldic beast of Henry VII who gave Richmond its name and fabulous Tudor Palace. You can also see the Greyhound of Richmond on this stamp. #happystgeorgesday #dontslaydragons #heraldricbeast #HenryVII #Tudorhistory #locahistory #localmuseum

Happy St George's Day! Here is a rather lovely Welsh Dragon from our collection -it is a Post Office first day cover postcard Heraldic Beasts 1998. The legend of Saint George and the Dragon tells of Saint George taming and slaying a dragon that demanded human sacrifices but here in Richmond we think we can celebrate the Dragon more as the heraldic beast of Henry VII who gave Richmond its name and fabulous Tudor Palace. You can also see the Greyhound of Richmond on this stamp. #happystgeorgesday #dontslaydragons #heraldricbeast #HenryVII #Tudorhistory #locahistory #localmuseum

#HappyEarthDay! Earth Day was founded in 1970 as more and more people became aware of the negative impact humans were ha...
22/04/2021

#HappyEarthDay! Earth Day was founded in 1970 as more and more people became aware of the negative impact humans were having on the environment. Apparently it is the largest non religious observation in the world, with over 1 billions people taking part each year! During the Easter holidays, we ran workshops celebrating how the Earth protects us with its electro-magnetic field and decorating reusable bags to help us live more sustainable lives. #sustainability #reduce #reuse #recycle #noplanetB

#HappyEarthDay! Earth Day was founded in 1970 as more and more people became aware of the negative impact humans were having on the environment. Apparently it is the largest non religious observation in the world, with over 1 billions people taking part each year! During the Easter holidays, we ran workshops celebrating how the Earth protects us with its electro-magnetic field and decorating reusable bags to help us live more sustainable lives. #sustainability #reduce #reuse #recycle #noplanetB

In other Museum news...Fantastic project by The Design Museum! We really couldn't agree more - #CreativityIsEssentialFro...
21/04/2021

In other Museum news...

Fantastic project by The Design Museum! We really couldn't agree more - #CreativityIsEssential

From their website:

As museums and art spaces remain closed, the Design Museum has teamed up with BOMBAY SAPPHIRE gin and designer Camille Walala to reopen the museum’s High Street Shop with the vital message that creativity is an essential part of being human and should be accessible to everyone.

For five days, wrapped in Camille Walala's unique visual style of bold patterns and colours, Supermarket, an installation by BOMBAY SAPPHIRE and the Design Museum, will arrive at the museum’s Kensington High Street home, stocking its shelves with essential items packaged in artworks created by a line-up of emerging artists.

Head to their website to discover more - https://designmuseum.org/whats-on/supermarket#

#museumsareessential #theartsareessential #moreimportantthanthesuperleague
#thedesignmuseum

In other Museum news...

Fantastic project by The Design Museum! We really couldn't agree more - #CreativityIsEssential

From their website:

As museums and art spaces remain closed, the Design Museum has teamed up with BOMBAY SAPPHIRE gin and designer Camille Walala to reopen the museum’s High Street Shop with the vital message that creativity is an essential part of being human and should be accessible to everyone.

For five days, wrapped in Camille Walala's unique visual style of bold patterns and colours, Supermarket, an installation by BOMBAY SAPPHIRE and the Design Museum, will arrive at the museum’s Kensington High Street home, stocking its shelves with essential items packaged in artworks created by a line-up of emerging artists.

Head to their website to discover more - https://designmuseum.org/whats-on/supermarket#

#museumsareessential #theartsareessential #moreimportantthanthesuperleague
#thedesignmuseum

Happy Birthday to Her Majesty the Queen! She formally opened the Museum when she opened the new Riverside Development on...
21/04/2021

Happy Birthday to Her Majesty the Queen! She formally opened the Museum when she opened the new Riverside Development on 28th October 1988. In this photo you can see her standing next to John Cloake, a local historian who worked with a group of local residents to make their dream of a museum a reality. If you look carefully in the background, you can also see one of our Patrons - Sir David Attenborough OM 😀🎂
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#happybirthday #cakeforeveryone #dowedotoomanypostsaboutcake

Happy Birthday to Her Majesty the Queen! She formally opened the Museum when she opened the new Riverside Development on 28th October 1988. In this photo you can see her standing next to John Cloake, a local historian who worked with a group of local residents to make their dream of a museum a reality. If you look carefully in the background, you can also see one of our Patrons - Sir David Attenborough OM 😀🎂
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#happybirthday #cakeforeveryone #dowedotoomanypostsaboutcake

Today is #UNChineseLanguageDay and surprisingly we do have a Chinese coin in our collection! This is a cash - a type of ...
20/04/2021

Today is #UNChineseLanguageDay and surprisingly we do have a Chinese coin in our collection! This is a cash - a type of coin of China and East Asia, used from the 4th century BC until the 20th century AD, characterised by their round outer shape and a square centre hole. Amazingly thousand year old cash coins were still being used well into the 20th Century! Today, these coins are considered to be “good luck coins”; they are hung on strings and round the necks of children, or over the beds of sick people. We have no idea what it says, but if anyone can translate the inscriptions, we would love to know more!
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#cashcoin #chinesecoin #goodluckcharm

Today is #UNChineseLanguageDay and surprisingly we do have a Chinese coin in our collection! This is a cash - a type of coin of China and East Asia, used from the 4th century BC until the 20th century AD, characterised by their round outer shape and a square centre hole. Amazingly thousand year old cash coins were still being used well into the 20th Century! Today, these coins are considered to be “good luck coins”; they are hung on strings and round the necks of children, or over the beds of sick people. We have no idea what it says, but if anyone can translate the inscriptions, we would love to know more!
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#cashcoin #chinesecoin #goodluckcharm

Richmond Green has always been an excellent cycling spot - since at least c. 1900 by the looks of things. This photograp...
19/04/2021

Richmond Green has always been an excellent cycling spot - since at least c. 1900 by the looks of things. This photograph of a young cyclist was taken from the end of Friars Lane as a fine gentleman (complete with top hat) looked on.

#BicycleDay

Richmond Green has always been an excellent cycling spot - since at least c. 1900 by the looks of things. This photograph of a young cyclist was taken from the end of Friars Lane as a fine gentleman (complete with top hat) looked on.

#BicycleDay

📣REOPENING KLAXON!📣We are so very excited to announce that, all being well, the Museum will reopen in a month's time on ...
18/04/2021

📣REOPENING KLAXON!📣
We are so very excited to announce that, all being well, the Museum will reopen in a month's time on 18 May! 🎉we are getting ready to welcome you back to the Museum and you will be able to book your tickets online soon. Current restrictions mean we can only have one house hold or bubble at the time, but this does mean you get the whole Museum to your self for your visit! Keep an eye out for further details!
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#museum #localmuseum #reopening #itsbeentolong

📣REOPENING KLAXON!📣
We are so very excited to announce that, all being well, the Museum will reopen in a month's time on 18 May! 🎉we are getting ready to welcome you back to the Museum and you will be able to book your tickets online soon. Current restrictions mean we can only have one house hold or bubble at the time, but this does mean you get the whole Museum to your self for your visit! Keep an eye out for further details!
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#museum #localmuseum #reopening #itsbeentolong

Today is International Bat Appreciation Day! As much as we would like to appreciate the bats in our collection, we can't...
17/04/2021

Today is International Bat Appreciation Day! As much as we would like to appreciate the bats in our collection, we can't, as sadly we don't have any... Closest we have is the bat wings on this rather spooky but beautifully carved door decoration from St Mary Magdalene church in Richmond...
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#batappreciation #internationalbatappreciationday #timeflies

Today is International Bat Appreciation Day! As much as we would like to appreciate the bats in our collection, we can't, as sadly we don't have any... Closest we have is the bat wings on this rather spooky but beautifully carved door decoration from St Mary Magdalene church in Richmond...
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#batappreciation #internationalbatappreciationday #timeflies

It's Friday, it's lunchtime, so it must be time for some tea and a lovely Maid of Honour tart from The Original Maids of...
16/04/2021

It's Friday, it's lunchtime, so it must be time for some tea and a lovely Maid of Honour tart from The Original Maids of Honour on Kew Road, where they have been keeping traditional baking skills alive for over 160 years. Turns out they also do delivery, which could be very handy 🤤
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#alwaystimefortea #alwaystimeforcake #teaandcake #happyfriday #friyay

It's Friday, it's lunchtime, so it must be time for some tea and a lovely Maid of Honour tart from The Original Maids of Honour on Kew Road, where they have been keeping traditional baking skills alive for over 160 years. Turns out they also do delivery, which could be very handy 🤤
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#alwaystimefortea #alwaystimeforcake #teaandcake #happyfriday #friyay

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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!