Celebrating 50 years of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, which was formed on 1 April 1965 combining the former Boroughs of Twickenham, Richmond and Barnes.

Activities and events took place across the Borough throughout the year in celebration of our rich history and heritage.

Joined by the River: 50 years of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

This programme explored the democratic history of the Borough, focusing on its formation in 1965 as the only London borough occupying both sides of the River Thames.

As part of the ‘Joined by the River’ project, made possible through funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Richmond Council, there were a number of opportunities for local school children, young people, older people, volunteers, local residents and visitors to explore and reflect on the last 50 years of our borough through a series of events and activities, including:

Research and Oral History

The heritage of key places and people associated with the change to local government which formed Richmond upon Thames, was explored. Richmond Arts Service worked closely with the community, volunteers and people directly involved with the democratic changes in 1965 to create a video showcasing the research and oral history interviews.

Education and Community programme

Young people and older people from care homes each side of the river worked together in an intergenerational project to creatively interpret the heritage of the Borough, culminating in an artwork, which is on display in York House.

View Education pack(pdf, 2752KB) created as part of the education programme.

50th Anniversary Exhibition

An exhibition displaying material donated by local residents, items from the Richmond Borough Art Collection and material held by the Richmond Local Studies Library and Archive was displayed at Orleans House Gallery, The Old Town Hall in Richmond and York House.

View the Joined by the River project evaluation report(pdf, 1416KB).

Updated: 8 February 2016