Archive Explorers

The Local Studies Library & Archive is running a 5-day summer course for 9 to 14 year-olds from Richmond upon Thames to explore the heritage of their local area using archives.

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About Archive Explorers

The Local Studies Library and Archive is running an activity week for 9 to 14 year-olds. It is a chance for young people from Richmond upon Thames Borough to use archives to explore the heritage of their local area.

Archives carry the stories of human lives from the past into the present, and beyond to the distant future. Join the Archive Explorers and become a detective, hunting for clues to uncover the secrets of past people, and bringing them to life through a range of fun activities. Whether you love history, art, or telling stories, there’s a role for you in the Archive Explorers.

Booking information

Booking is essential. We recommend coming to all 5 days, as the sessions feed into each other. However, you can choose to come to as few or as many of the sessions as you are able.

Separately, the sessions cost £5 for a one-morning session, and £10 for a two-morning session. Alternatively, you can book the whole week at once for the discounted price of £20.

Course timetable
Date Session Length of session Booking

Full week: Tuesday 24 July to Saturday 28 July


Full week

Save money by booking all five days for the price of four.

Five mornings


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Day 1: Tuesday 24 July

Day 1: Welcome to the world of archives

Richmond upon Thames Local Studies Library and Archive holds documents dating from 1489 to 2016. These documents tell the stories of the lives of people like you, who have lived in the local area. You'll get the chance to handle some of these amazing original documents and see if you can unlock their secrets.

One morning


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Days 2 and 3: Wednesday 25 to Thursday 26 July


Days 2 and 3: Glimpses of parallel universes

Our archives contain many plans for buildings that were never built, wartime invasion preparations that were thankfully never tested, and ideas for futures that never came to be. Over the course of two mornings you'll explore what Richmond upon Thames might be like in a parallel universe, and create a board game based on what you've discovered.

Two mornings



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Days 4 and 5: Friday 27 to Saturday 28 July


Days 4 and 5: 'The Play's the Thing!'

The borough has been home to many theatres and theatrical people. Over the course of two mornings you'll explore our fascinating theatrical history, and write and perform a play as a group, using our theatre collections for inspiration.

Two mornings


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For more information, please contact us at, or phone 020 8734 3309.

Updated: 7 June 2018