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The Hearsum Collection, a charity, collects and preserves the unique heritage of Richmond Park, the largest of London’s Royal Parks, for everyone to enjoy.
Our charity collects and preserves the unique heritage of Richmond Park, the largest of London’s Royal Parks, for all to enjoy. We have a diverse range of heritage material covering the last four centuries, with some 5000 items including antique prints, paintings, maps, postcards, photographs, documents, books and press cuttings. These are being catalogued by volunteers from the Friends of Richmond Park. The Collection, currently stored in unsatisfactory accommodation in Pembroke Lodge in Richmond Park, is overseen by volunteer and part-time staff. Plans are well advanced for a new purpose-built heritage centre to provide full public access to the Collection.
This is what happens when people don’t take their rubbish home
A recent addition to our collection reveals a fascinating and long forgotten story. Friends of Richmond Park
Miss Sylva Boyden, the ‘famous English airgirl’ lands in Richmond Park in 1919 As part of the Friends of Richmond Park History Project, volunteers are researching notable stories from the history of the Park. One such escapade was discovered in an old French newspaper cutting acquired by the Hearsum...
Our hugely successful exhibition which tells the fascinating stories of our The Royal Parks ends on Friday 11 August, free entry to all.
This week at Mall Galleries:
A multimedia exploration of the rich and previously hidden heritage of these unique parks, from their creation as Royal hunting grounds to the much loved public parks we see today.
This exciting new collaboration between The Royal Parks, the Office of Public Works and the Hearsum Collection will reveal many of the wonderful stories of these parks and show how they have gradually evolved to meet ever changing needs.
Michael Baxter Brown, Superintendent of Richmond Park with a sick deer, 1971 The Royal Parks
Baxter Brown was Superintendent from 1971-1990.
Find out more by visiting our free exhibition at the Mall Galleries.
'Study of a standing deer in woodland', 1844 Sir Edwin Landseer.
This charming painting epitomises Richmond Park The Royal Parks which, like Phoenix Park, is characterised by deer and ancient oaks, some of which are 800 years old.
The bloodlines of the herds of red and fallow deer date back to enclosure in 1637, with the occasional introduction of stags and bucks to strengthen the gene pool.
Ancient oaks contain exceptional biodiversity, including nationally endangered species of fungi, and nationally scarce invertebrates such as the cardinal click beetle and the stag beetle. The team at TRP are acknowledged as leading experts in their care.
Visit our free exhibition at the Mall Galleries to see more.
Richmond Park, home to the 1948 Olympic village.
Visit our free exhibition at the Mall Galleries to find out more.
Visit our free exhibition at the Mall Galleries. With thanks to The Royal Parks and OPW for all their support. Exhibition runs until Friday the 11th of August.
This exhibition explores the rich history of London's Royal Parks and Ireland's only royal deer park, Phoenix Park.
Vacancy for a Fundraising Trustee
Our main ambition over the next few years is to design, build and operate a new Heritage Pavilion in Richmond Park. We now need a Trustee with particular responsibility for advising on, overseeing and supporting fundraising. If you are interested in this volunteer role, visit our website for further details.
Our charity collects and preserves the unique heritage of Richmond Park, the largest of London’s Royal Parks, for all to enjoy. We have a diverse range of heritage material covering the last four centuries, with some 5000 items including antique prints, paintings, maps, postcards, photographs, docum...
Our Collection has a delightful painting of Richmond Park, with a view of St Paul's Cathedral clearly visible (19th Century, artist unknown).
During rutting season we ask for vigilance. Getting this close is unacceptable and can cause the deer a great deal of stress.
(Photo credit: Stephen Darlington)
122 years ago today, the future King Edward VIII was christened at White Lodge in Richmond Park. You can find out more on the Hearsum Collection's website.
This photograph in the Hearsum Collection is from a royal christening which took place at White Lodge in Richmond Park, then the home of the Duke and Duchess of Teck. The Duchess, known as 'fat Mary' because of her generous waistline, was a first cousin of Queen Victoria, and mother of Princess May,...
The Royal Parks
The Royal Parks have today welcomed art and heritage ethusiast Loyd Grossman as Chairman of a new charity which will manage and fundraise for London's eight Royal Parks. Loyd said the parks were the finest in the world and he will do all he can to ensure they remain so. bit.ly/29ta1Bz
93 years ago today, on 9 June 1923, Edward, Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VIII, who was born in Richmond Park, drove off the first tee at the park's new golf course, opening what became known as the Princes Course. Two years later his brother, Albert, Duke of York, who was to succeed him on the throne as King George VI, opened a second 18-hole course, the Dukes Course. You can read more about the history of sport in Richmond Park on the Hearsum Collection's website.
Richmond Park was created as an enclosed landscape where the king could indulge in his favourite sport of deer hunting, but today we have a very different view of what constitutes sport. Three 20th-century kings each had a part to play in developing the Park's role as a venue for everyone, not just…
Edward Thomas (1878–1917) is celebrated for his lyrical nature poetry, but many people may not be aware of his interest in Richmond Park as a young man.
Edward Thomas (1878–1917) is celebrated for his lyrical nature poetry, but many people may not be aware of his interest in Richmond Park as a young man. Renewed interest in his life in recent years has seen All Roads Lead to France winning Matthew Hollis the Costa biography award in 2012, with Jean…
Our Collection has a delightful 1888 illustration of deer in Richmond Park.
In late May the deer give birth to their young and hide them in deep grass or bracken. At this stage the young are very vulnerable to disturbance from humans and dogs, so their mothers can be very defensive. To find out more about how you can help the deer visit the Friends of Richmond Park website. http://www.frp.org.uk/
A stunning rainbow view in Richmond Park from Pembroke Lodge.
Torrential Rain yesterday ended with a stunning rainbow over Sidmouth Wood 🌈
The Robert Elms Show on BBC Radio London is talking right now about Richmond and Richmond Park. Our Chairman, Daniel Hearsum, was interviewed live at about 10:40 am on The Hearsum Collection. The programme continues until 1 pm and Robert Elms is reading out emails about Richmond Park from listeners: join in the conversation!
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Watch our video to lean more about the Hearsum Collection and our future plans.
Our Richmond Park Revealed project will engage visitors in Richmond Parks rich natural heritage and colourful, largely undiscovered history.
Crucially, it will highlight how we can mitigate the lesser-understood and increasing risks to its fragile ecology.
Today, an application was submitted to The Heritage Lottery Fund for the necessary funds we need to achieve this. A big thank you goes to The Royal Parks, London, Friends of Richmond Park, The Holly Lodge Centre and so many others for their support. Find out more http://hearsumcollection.org.uk/our-vision-for-the-future/
Wish us luck!
21 February 1931 - Black and white photographic print entitled 'The Invader', showing a red deer stag encroaching on a cattle feeding station in Richmond Park. Although the photo has seen better days, it reminds us that cattle were once a regular feature of the Park. The photo is from the Wide World Photos agency.
Richmond Park Gate in February 1805.
The gate was constructed by the firm Kent, Claridge & Pierce between 1798-99 to replace an existing wooden gate and ladder-stile entrance. Recent research has attributed Richmond Gate to the eminent Neoclassical architect Sir John Soane (1753-1837). As the newly-appointed King's Deputy Surveyor of Woods and Forests, he designed them and the adjoining lodge in 1795. The gates were widened in 1896.
Don't forget to visit Pembroke Lodge and enjoy our free Heritage Lottery Fund exhibition on the story of wild deer in Richmond Park. Visit our website to find out more www.hearsumcollection.org.uk
Friends of Richmond Park
Many thanks to all the FRP members who joined us yesterday for our annual Volunteers’ Thank You event. It was great to see so many people sharing their enthusiasm and ideas for protecting the Park, and to engage with new faces who are also keen to get involved.
After delicious coffee and pastries provided by the team at Pembroke Lodge chairman Ron Crompton summarised the events of the year.
His three highlights started with the restoration of Beverley Brook, for which the Friends raised £35k, then went on to the Friends' fabulous Poet’s Corner restoration event with Sir David Attenborough and a brand new poem for the Park by David Harsent, and ended with FRP volunteers supporting the Richmond Park Open Day in September. Several ‘public education’ projects took place throughout the year, with FRP helping at the Deer in the City project at Pembroke Lodge, with The Royal Parks, London, promoting campaigns to warn of the dangers of barbecues causing tree fires and of harassing deer during the rut, and the Bird Group's choice of the green woodpecker as the iconic bird of the Park.
The Park also saw several conservation projects including collecting seeds from black poplars to increase the national stock of them, a programme to encourage great crested newts, and a continued effort to protect the Skylark population in the Park. Each year a dedicated team of volunteers assist with OPM spotting, others provide hands-on assistance with conservation work or organise regular walks, courses and bird-spotting activities for the public.
Our dedicated History Project volunteers continue to help The Hearsum Collection: sharing Richmond Park's history in cataloguing and digitising historical material about the Park, and recently have published an online document about the names of places and things in the Park which can be found on our website: www.frp.org.uk/news/1355-whats-in-a-name
The Discoverers team engaged children and families with nature, hosting some fabulous events this year, including the always over-subscribed bat walk.
We can’t thank our volunteers enough - including those doing the invisible jobs like the accounts, the newsletter and ebulletin, organising our volunteers and events and monitoring activities in the Park. Without them none of this could happen. Together we can help protect and conserve this very special place for future generations. You can find out more about how to help by volunteering at www.frp.org.uk/friends/volunteering
Winter fun c1900 - 'The Sketch' Special Snapshots in Richmond Park depicts a cycling rendezvous, skating, sledging and 'the lasses of Richmond Hill' on their way to Penn Pond!
Audrey Hepburn, Winston Churchill... and lots of deer: photographs published in the Daily Mail this week capture life in Richmond Park during the early 20th century. Spoiler alert: some of the photographs show people getting way too close the deer, which is not a good idea - nowadays we know better. The deer are wild animals - please keep at least 50 metres away from the deer and be aware of your surroundings so that you do not come between two rutting stags or a mother and her calf.
Richmond Park - New Year's Eve in 1918. This is a clipping from The Springbok Magazine, a South African military hospital publication for and by patients, staff, local groups and individuals interested in the hospital which was located in the Park. The page shows a photograph of five soldiers in fancy dress at a New Year's Eve dance. Happy New Year to all our supporters!
Richmond Park - a hand-tinted Christmas postcard of Ham Dip Pond circa 1865.
We wish the Friends of Richmond Park,The Royal Parks, London,Heritage Lottery Fund,Pembroke Lodge and all our friends and supporters a very happy festive season.
The fashion of foraging for dinner is damaging ecosystems in the Royal Parks according to wildlife experts.
Celebrity chefs say there's nothing better than picking your own food. But while it might work in the countryside mushroom-pickers in London are destroying finely-balanced habitats. Martin Stew went to find out how, and what's being done about it.
Richmond Park 1883 - 'The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News' carries two illustrations of deer being fed in winter. One shows deer at the White Lodge enclosure, the other shows a man shovelling feed from a horse-drawn cart at the gates of the Lodge. The accompanying text describes the diet of the deer, and refers to the two principal feeding places at White Lodge (then Princess of Teck's residence) and at the house of Mr Dunn, the keeper. Today, wildlife officers feed the deer every night between December and April.
For those of you who were unable to join Deer in the City this summer, don't forget that our exhibition on the history of deer runs until the New Year so come to Pembroke Lodge and learn more about Richmond Park. You can also enjoy Deer Tales on our website and watch our very special video on deer; here it is again for those of you who missed out!
To learn more about the wild deer in Richmond Park watch our video featuring Sir David Attenborough.
Soldiers in the Park. A picture of the 2nd Battalion Artists’ Rifles leaving Richmond Park for a route march, headed by their band in 1914. Visit our on-line exhibition and find out how Richmond Park played an important role in the First World War.
Richmond Park and the First World War (1914-1918)From July 2014 to July 2015 the Hearsum Collection displayed a free exhibition at Pembroke Lodge about Richmond Park’s important role in the First World War. The Park had army encampments, including a large camp near Roehampton for volunteer rifle reg…
Lost buildings – ‘New Park’ c1700-05 by an unknown artist. A view from Richmond Terrace looks down towards the fine house built in 1692-3 for the English statesman and writer Lawrence Hyde, 1st Earl of Rochester (1642– 1711). It was located at Petersham Gate, which at the time provided private access to the house's grounds. New Park was destroyed by fire in 1721 and replaced with a classical mansion which was demolished in 1835. The grounds were returned to the Park and today, part of the land is used as a children’s play area. The Hearsum Collection holds a copy; the original painting is in the care of Yale Centre for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection.
Pen Ponds October 1884 - an extract from the newspaper 'The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News' which shows comical illustrations of fishing on Pen Ponds, Richmond Park. Divided in two by a causeway, they were created in 1746 and are now home to many birds and aquatic life. Today, fishing by permit is allowed at specific points around the ponds. During WWII, Pen Ponds were drained to prevent them being used as a landmark by the Luftwaffe.
Richmond Park 1933 - our Collection has this delightful photograph showing a uniformed Lyons Teashop waitress (known as a 'Nippy') riding a horse. There is a typescript caption on the back of the photo which refers to a new equestrian section of the 'Lyons Club', members of which were learning to ride in the Park. Issued by Fox Photos.
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