Museum of Richmond

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Museum of Richmond
Museum of Richmond logo.jpg
Established 1988
Location Old Town Hall, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond TW9 1TP, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
Type History museum
Founder John Cloake
Curator Natascha Wintersinger
Website www.museumofrichmond.com

The Museum of Richmond in Richmond, London is located in Richmond's Old Town Hall,[1] close to Richmond Bridge. It was formally opened by Queen Elizabeth II[2] on 28 October 1988.[3]

An independent museum and a registered charity,[4] the museum, which is supported by Richmond upon Thames Borough Council, was created in 1983 by local residents[5] led by local historian John Cloake (who was the museum's first Chairman).[6][7][8][9] Its first permanent curator (from 1989 to 2003) was Simon Lace.[10]

The museum's 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,[11] education activities and a programme of events (including events for families and children)[12][13] cover the whole of the modern borough.

The museum's highlights include: 16th-century glass from Richmond Palace; a model of Richmond Palace;[14] 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.[15]

The museum publishes a quarterly newsletter.

Admission to the museum, which is open from Tuesdays to Saturdays, is free.[16]

Exhibitions[edit]

In 2014 the museum launched 1914–1918 Richmond at Home and at War – Local stories and their International Links, an exhibition relating to Richmond's experience of the First World War. It is scheduled to run from 8 August 2014 to 22 April 2015.[17]

The museum's previous exhibitions include:

  • 2014 (30 January – 26 July) Encountering the Unchartered and back – Three explorers: Ball, Vancouver and Burton,[9] telling the story of explorers Henry Lidgbird Ball, George Vancouver and Richard Burton and their connections with Richmond[18]
  • 2013 (20 March – 2 November) Living and Dying in 19th Century Richmond, exploring the lives of some of Richmond’s 19th-century residents[19]
  • 2012 (19 December) – 2013 (2 March) The Building of a Borough, showcasing key examples of 22,000 building plans held in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames’ Local Studies Collection[20]
  • 2012 (3 August – 24 November) Royal Minstrels to Rock and Roll: 500 years of Music-Making in Richmond[21][22]
  • 2012 (4 February – 23 June) Happy and Glorious: popular Royal celebration and commemoration in Richmond[23]
  • 2010 (1 May – 4 September) How the Vote Was Won: Art, Theatre and Women's Suffrage[24]
  • 2009 (October) – 2010 (17 April) Richmond – From Page to Screen[25]
  • 2007 (16 May – 17 November) The Two Richmonds – A Celebration of their Twinning,[26]marking the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown and the twinning relationship of Richmond Surrey and Richmond Virginia
  • 2007 (23 April – 29 July) Trading in Lives: The Richmond Connection, on Richmond and the slave trade[27][28]
  • 2006 (5 April – 7 October) A Rich Heritage, featuring items from the borough's Local Studies Collection[29]
  • 2004 – 2005 (25 March) Britflicks-on-Thames[30]
  • 2004 (14 January – 24 April) The Sensational Miss Braddon, about the author Mary Braddon who lived and died in Richmond[31]
  • 2003 (5 August – 28 September) Without Exception, a selection of original prints by Thomas Rowlandson of "The English Dance of Death" (1815–1816)[32]
  • 1997 – 1998 (14 March) Richmond Women Face to Face, famous women who lived in Richmond[33]
  • 1996 (10 September) – 1997 (25 January) Spencer Gore in Richmond, about the artist Spencer Gore who lived in Richmond and died there in 1914[34][35]

Publications[edit]

The museum's publications include:

  • Moses, John; Cloake, John (2007) The two Richmonds: a celebration of their twinning, the American connection, OCLC 143627273, 14 pp.[36]

Patrons[edit]

HRH Princess Alexandra is Royal Patron of the museum.[37] Its other patrons are broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough,[38] Richmond hotelier Greville Dare,[3] TV presenter and author Bamber Gascoigne,[6][19] Lady Annabel Goldsmith, broadcaster Andrew Marr and Lord Watson of Richmond.[3][39]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "The Old Town Hall". London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Special exhibition at the Museum of Richmond marks Queen’s Diamond Jubilee". Richmond Guardian (London). 4 February 2012. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "The History of the Founding of the Museum of Richmond". Museum of Richmond. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 
  4. ^ It is registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales as charity number 295164. "The Museum of Richmond". Charity profile. Charities Aid Foundation. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Richmond Museum". Destination Richmond. 2010. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Mason, Jennifer (October 2013). "Five minutes with... Bamber Gascoigne". Residents' Journal (6): 21. 
  7. ^ Bell, Sarah (9 January 2004). "Profile: Local historian John Cloake". Richmond and Twickenham Times. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  8. ^ Dyduch, Amy (18 July 2014). "Museum of Richmond founder John Cloake has died, aged 89". Richmond and Twickenham Times. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  9. ^ a b Mason, Jennifer (January 2014). "A snapshot of history". Residents' Journal (RWPB). 
  10. ^ Lace, Simon; Moses, John M (30 January 2003). "Museum curator bids farewell to Richmond". Richmond and Twickenham Times. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  11. ^ Farquharson, Hannah (7 April 2006). "Elizabeth I letter among museum gems". Richmond and Twickenham Times. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  12. ^ Dyduch, Amy (7 December 2013). "Museum of Richmond lays on hidden treasures for 25th anniversary". Richmond and Twickenham Times. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  13. ^ Odling, George (26 June 2014). "Richmond meets the Romans during Festival of British Archaeology". Wimbledon Guardian. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  14. ^ Oldham, Lucy (10 September 2004). "Making sure the past has a future". Lancashire Telegraph. Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
  15. ^ "The Terrace and View from Richmond Hill, Surrey". Your Paintings – uncovering the nation's art collection. BBC. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  16. ^ "Museum of Richmond: Visitor Information". Visit London. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  17. ^ Dyduch, Amy (7 August 2014). "Museum of Richmond launches World War One exhibition". Richmond and Twickenham Times. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  18. ^ "Programme of Films, Talks and Events January – April 2014". Museum of Richmond. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  19. ^ a b "Living and Dying in 19th Century Richmond". The Barnes Magazine. 22 February 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  20. ^ "Building of a borough – update". My Sheen Village. 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  21. ^ "Royal Minstrels to Rock and Roll". The Barnes Magazine. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  22. ^ "Royal Minstrels to Rock and Roll: 500 years of Music-Making in Richmond". Time Out London. 20 June 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  23. ^ "Exhibition News: Happy and Glorious: popular Royal celebration and commemoration in Richmond 4 February – 23 June 2012". The Herald: 4. January–April 2012. 
  24. ^ "How the Vote Was Won". www.thesuffragettes.org. 2010. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  25. ^ Gore, Will (2 October 2009). "Richmond is a literary inspiration". Richmond and Twickenham Times. Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
  26. ^ Newstead, Sarah (27 May 2007). "Richmond celebrates with its own twin town". Richmond and Twickenham Times. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  27. ^ Guthrie, Babs (3 May 2007). "Stories Of Slave Trade Richmond". Painting and Drawing. Culture 24. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  28. ^ Taylor, Helen (12 July 2007). "Richmond's role expolained". Richmond and Twickenham Times. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  29. ^ Farquharson, Hannah (7 April 2006). "Elizabeth I letter among museum gems". Richmond and Twickenham Times. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  30. ^ "Britflicks-on-Thames". News. Film London. 27 December 2004. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  31. ^ "Museum looks into life of sensational author". Richmond and Twickenham Times. 9 January 2004. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  32. ^ "Drawing on characters of Regency times". Richmond and Twickenham Times. 15 August 2003. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  33. ^ "Abigail moving down to Hove". Richmond and Twickenham Times. 17 January 1998. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  34. ^ Upstone, Robert (May 2009). "Spencer Gore Richmond Park c.1914". Tate Gallery. The Camden Town Group in Context. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  35. ^ "Spencer Gore in Richmond". Exhibitions. British Council. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  36. ^ "The two Richmonds: a celebration of their twinning, the American connection". WorldCat. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  37. ^ "Princess agrees to be patron of museum". Richmond and Twickenham Times. 4 April 2003. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  38. ^ "Art Deco Richmond". The Barnes Magazine (London). 8 April 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  39. ^ "Lord Watson of Richmond". Lords. www.parliament.uk. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 

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