Museum of Richmond

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Museum of Richmond
Museum of Richmond herald logo.jpg
Established 1988
Location Old Town Hall, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond TW9 1TP
Type history museum
Curator Natascha Wintersinger

The Museum of Richmond in Richmond, London is located in Richmond's Old Town Hall, close to Richmond Bridge. It was formally opened by Queen Elizabeth II[1] on 28 October 1988.[2]

An independent museum and a registered charity,[3] the museum, which is supported by Richmond upon Thames Borough Council, was created in 1983 by local residents[4] led by local historian John Cloake (who was the Museum's first Chairman).[5]

Its displays, from mediaeval times to the present day, relate to the history of Richmond, Ham, Petersham and Kew which, until local government boundary changes in 1965, formed the Municipal Borough of Richmond (Surrey). Its rotating exhibitions,[6] education activities and a programme of events cover the whole of the modern borough.

The museum's highlights include 16th-century glass from Richmond Palace and a painting, The Terrace and View from Richmond Hill, Surrey by Dutch draughtsman and painter Leonard Knyff (1650–1722), which is part of the Richmond upon Thames Borough Art Collection.[7]

It publishes a newsletter, The Herald.

Admission to the museum is free.


HRH Princess Alexandra is Royal Patron of the museum. Its other patrons are broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough,[8] actor and film director Lord Attenborough of Richmond upon Thames, John Cloake, Richmond hotelier Greville Dare,[2] TV presenter and author Bamber Gascoigne,[9][5] Lady Annabel Goldsmith, broadcaster Andrew Marr, William Reid and Lord Watson of Richmond.[2]


  1. ^ "Special exhibition at the Museum of Richmond marks Queen’s Diamond Jubilee". Richmond Guardian (London). 4 February 2012. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "The History of the Founding of the Museum of Richmond". Museum of Richmond. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 
  3. ^ It is registered with the Charity Commission as charity number 295164."The Museum of Richmond". Charity profile. Charities Aid Foundation. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Richmond Museum". Destination Richmond. 2010. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Mason, Jennifer (October 2013). "Five minutes with... Bamber Gascoigne". Residents' Journal (6): 21. 
  6. ^ Farquharson, Hannah (7 April 2006). "Elizabeth I letter among museum gems". Richmond and Twickenham Times (London). Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "The Terrace and View from Richmond Hill, Surrey". Your Paintings – uncovering the nation's art collection. BBC. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "Art Deco Richmond". The Barnes Magazine (London). 8 April 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Living and Dying in 19th Century Richmond". The Richmond Magazine (London). 22 February 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 

Coordinates: 51°27′32″N 0°18′24″W / 51.45884°N 0.30653°W / 51.45884; -0.30653