Workshops and activities

Activities to enjoy as part of the Know Your Place festival.

In the Know Local History Quiz Night

How well do you Know Your Place? Pit your wits against teams from across the borough in a local history-based quiz hosted by Jane Baxter.

There will be 12 teams of six. Book as a team or individually – individuals will be grouped into teams. Prizes for the winning team.

Suitable for 18 years and over.

  • Date: Friday 1 September 2017
  • Time: 7.30 to 10pm
  • Location: Old Town Hall
  • Price: £10 including a fish and chip supper and glass of wine. Please email us about any dietary requirements.

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The Journey of a Document into an Archive: what archivists do and why they do it

Just what happens when a document is deposited in an archive? How do archives work and what goes on behind-the-scenes? This workshop will shed light on the things that archivists do and will explain why archivists do them.

  • Date: Tuesday 5 and Thursday 21 September 2017
  • Time: 2.30 to 3.30pm
  • Location: Old Town Hall
  • Price: £3 in advance, £4 on the door. Tickets on the door cannot be guaranteed.

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Researching your house - a beginner’s guide

Have you ever been curious about the people who lived in your house before you or what your house looked like originally? Join Heritage Assistant, Lara Bond, in a workshop designed to guide you through the resources available in the Richmond upon Thames Local Studies Library and Archive.

  • Date: Wednesdays 6 and 20 September 2017
  • Time: 2.30 to 3.30pm
  • Location: Old Town Hall
  • Price: £3 in advance, £4 on the door. Tickets on the door cannot be guaranteed.

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Archaeology Find Day

Members of Richmond Archaeological Society will be bringing along some interesting archaeological and historical artefacts for members of the public to see and handle.  This is an opportunity to see at close hand and discuss objects only usually seen in museum glass cases.  You are welcome to bring along found objects for identification.

  • Date: Saturday 9 September 2017
  • Time: 10am to 3.30pm
  • Location: Old Town Hall, Whittaker Ellis Suite
  • Price: Free, no booking is required

More of My Favourite Things

Another chance to join Jane Baxter, Local Studies Manager, as she reveals more of the hidden gems of the Local Studies Library and Archive.

  • Date: Fridays 15 and 29 September 2017
  • Time: 2.30 to 3.30pm
  • Location: Old Town Hall - Local Studies
  • Price: £3 in advance, £4 on the door. Tickets on the door cannot be guaranteed.

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Question Time

A panel of local historians (Mike Cherry, Ed Harris, Ken Howe and John Sheaf) representing the former Borough of Twickenham will be on hand to do their best to answer any questions about the history of Twickenham, Whitton, Teddington and The Hamptons, or to identify associated photographs, artefacts and ephemera.

  • Date: Wednesday 20 September
  • Time: 10am to 1pm
  • LocationTwickenham Museum
  • Price: Free, no booking is required

Discovering Nipper, Doggie and Lion

As part of the ‘Follow the Drum 2014 – 18’ programme Local Studies Assistant Patricia Moloney considers families at war and the development of recruiting drives during WW1.  A variety of sources are explored, bringing new insight to long forgotten thoughts, fears and feelings expressed at a critical historical moment.   Are we ready to play a part in taking these life stories forward with us in our own lives today?  

  • Date: Friday 22 September
  • Time: 2.30 to 3.30pm
  • Location: The National Archives - Talks Room
  • Price: £3 in advance, £4 on the door. Tickets on the door cannot be guaranteed.

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This talk will be repeated:

  • Date: Thursday 28 September
  • Time: 2.30pm-3.30pm
  • Location: Old Town Hall - Local Studies
  • Price: £3 in advance, £4 on the door. Tickets on the door cannot be guaranteed.

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Joseph Hooker, Kew's Botanical Emperor

In the bi-centenary year of his birth discover more about the pre-eminent Victorian botanist, Joseph Dalton Hooker (1817-1911) who was a prolific plant hunter and explorer, friend and scientific confidant of Charles Darwin. He rose to the pinnacle of the scientific world as President of the Royal Society and Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew from where he oversaw a vast botanical empire stretching far beyond the Thames-side gardens here in Richmond.

Kew Gardens archive staff will host the visit behind the scenes in the archive and there will be a talk centred on a display of historic material from our art and archive collections, including field sketches of beautiful flora, expedition journals from as far afield as the Himalayas and Antarctica, correspondence with Charles Darwin and much more.

To book, email archives@kew.org.

Updated: 3 July 2017