Talks

Notable historians are giving talks on a variety of local subjects throughout the Know Your Place festival.

John Charles Buckmaster - Father of Teddington Library

Speaker - Ken Howe 

This is the story of a poorly educated lad of farming stock who through self-determination bettered himself and raised himself to become possibly the foremost teacher of the new domestic sciences in Great Britain. And at an age when most people would think of enjoying a peaceful retirement, he embarked on a second career in local government where he championed many local causes and was responsible for the opening of the Carnegie Library at Teddington.

  • Date: Tuesday 5 September
  • Time: 7 to 8pm
  • Location: Teddington Library
  • Price: Tickets £3 in advance £4 on the door. Tickets on the door cannot be guaranteed

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Elizabeth's Women: the hidden story of the Virgin Queen

The John Cloake Memorial Lecture. Speaker - Tracy Borman

This talk will explore the fascinating relationships that Elizabeth I had  with the women who influenced her most. From her scandalous mother, Anne Boleyn, to her greatest rival, Mary Queen of Scots, and the ‘flouting wenches’ who served her at court, they show Elizabeth in a surprising new light.

  • Date: Thursday 7 September
  • Time: 7.30 to 8.30 pm
  • Location: Old Town Hall - Riverside Room
  • Price: Tickets £10

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A Celebrated Old Playhouse

Speaker - Madeline Smith

Join Madeline Smith as she reads from the contemporary book about the theatre that formerly stood on Richmond Green. This fascinating works sheds light on the history of the theatre which featured pre-eminent actors such as Dora Jordan, Helen Faucit, David Garrick and was managed by Edmund Kean. You will be able to see a painting of the theatre by James Lewis and many photographs and playbills from the Local Studies Collection will be on display.

Talk followed by tea and biscuits.

  • Date: Friday 8 September
  • Time: 2.30 to 3.30pm
  • Location: Old Town Hall - Whittaker Ellis Suite
  • Price: Tickets £3 in advance £4 on the door. Tickets on the door cannot be guaranteed

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Horace Walpole – Strawberry Hill’s Extraordinary Resident

Speaker - Sandra Pullen

2017 is the tercentenary of Horace Walpole’s birth and you are invited to Strawberry Hill – Walpole’s eccentric and quirky Gothic castle to hear more about the man who built it. This illustrated talk will examine various aspects of the life and friendships of this complex and multifaceted man. Historian, Member of Parliament, collector and antiquarian, playwright, novelist and perhaps the greatest social commentator of his day.

  • Date: Friday 8 September
  • Time: 6.30 to 7.30pm
  • Location: Strawberry Hill House
  • Price: £8 in advance £10 on the door. Tickets on the door cannot be guaranteed

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The Poor in Richmond with focus on Bishop Duppa’s Almshouses

Speaker - Tony Adler and Simon Fowler

Talk followed by tea and cakes (there is also a walk on the same day)

  • Date: Saturday 9 September
  • Time: 2 to 3pm
  • Location: Old Town Hall - Museum of Richmond
  • Price: Tickets £3 in advance £4 on the doorTickets on the door cannot be guaranteed

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The History of Mortlake Crematorium

Speaker - Brian Parsons

Why was a crematorium opened at Mortlake in 1939? Who was involved and how was this radical alternative to burial promoted? These are some of the questions that will be answered in this presentation focusing on a well-known local landmark.

  • Date: Tuesday 12 September
  • Time: 7.15 to 8.15pm
  • Location: East Sheen Library
  • Price: Tickets £3 in advance £4 on the door. Tickets on the door cannot be guaranteed

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Richmond Park's South African Military Hospital

Speakers - Louise Bell and Patricia Moloney

When the South African government sent troops to England in August 1914, a group of prominent South Africans living in London formed a Committee for the establishment of a dedicated military hospital.

The site in Richmond Park, graciously provided by King George V, was chosen for the hospital.

This joint talk between Richmond Local Studies and The National Archives reflects on the unique role played by the South African Military Hospital. This talk will refer to unique archival material to give life to a special chapter in our local history.

  • Date: Wednesday 13 September
  • Time: 1.30 to 3pm
  • Location: The National Archives
  • Price: Free, but booking is essential

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People, Plans & Plants: Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown at Syon

Speaker - Susan Darling

Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown is the most famous landscape designer in English history. He worked at more than 250 sites, many of which were in Greater London. This talk describes recent archival research, carried out in collaboration with the Northumberland Estate, to better understand his work at Syon, one of the best preserved Brown landscapes in the country.

  • Date: Tuesday 19 September
  • Time: 3 to 4pm
  • Location: Richmond Library Annexe
  • PriceTickets £3 in advance £4 on the door. Tickets on the door cannot be guaranteed

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The History and Fascination of Place Names

Speaker - Tony Painter

A talk on The History and Fascination of Place Names, covering the origins and meanings of place names, ranging from towns and villages down to farms, streets and pubs.  This light hearted talk will cover a general background to place names and will include a look at some local names.  Tony was a Map Research Officer with the MoD for many years and since retirement works as a freelance local history writer for a map publisher.

  • Date: Monday 25 September
  • Time: 7 to 8pm
  • Location: Hampton Hill Library
  • Price: Tickets £3 in advance £4 on the door. Tickets on the door cannot be guaranteed

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The History of Hampton in 25 Objects

Speaker - John Sheaf

This heavily illustrated talk tells the story of the History of Hampton based on 25 objects which are mainly from the speaker’s collection formed over more than 30 years. Starting with the seal of Henry VIII and coming right up to the present day these objects and numerous additional images allow us to have an overview and put into perspective 500 years of Hampton history.

  • Date: Tuesday 26 September
  • Time: 7.30 to 8.30pm
  • Location: Hampton Library
  • Price: Tickets £3 in advance £4 on the door. Tickets on the door cannot be guaranteed

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The Wates Estate in Ham

Speaker - Sir David Williams

Wates built their 1960s estate as a complete community with modern architecture and an innovative layout, and it was a major development in the Ham community. David, as an estate resident from 1966 to 1987, will tell the story of the plans to build on the former gravel pits and Ham Lands and the way the estate has changed in 50 years.

  • Date: Wednesday 27 September
  • Time: 3 to 4pm and 7 to 8pm
  • Location: Ham Library
  • Price: Tickets £3 in advance £4 on the door. Tickets on the door cannot be guaranteed

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The Aircraft Industry in Richmond and Kingston in WW1

Speaker - David Hassard

This heavily illustrated talk tells the extraordinary story of the Sopwith Aviation Company in Kingston upon Thames who designed many of the most important fighter aircraft in the Great War and the entrepreneurial Whitehead Aircraft Company in the centre of Richmond. 

Sopwith built over 3,000 aircraft including the famous Sopwith Camels  but demand was so high that another 15,000 of their machines were built all over the country, many by Whitehead.

  • Date: Thursday 28 September
  • Time: 7 to 8pm
  • Location: Twickenham Library
  • Price: Tickets £3 in advance £4 on the door. Tickets on the door cannot be guaranteed

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Updated: 23 June 2017